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Name: MA Katarina Janecková Walshe
Email: katarinajaneck@gmail.com
Date of birth: 2. May 1988

Based in Texas / New York / Slovakia



2007 - 2013 Academy of Fine Art (department of painting, IV. Atelier – prof. Ivan Csudai), Bratislava, Slovakia
2004 - 2007 High School of Applied Art of J.Vydra (department of advertising painting), Bratislava, Slovakia


2017  2nd place at Gruppo Euromobil Award / Premio Under 30, Arte Fiera Bologna



Painting of the Year 2012, VUB Foundation Award, 3rd. place



2013Sympózium Česko-slovenské hvězdy, Litomysl, Czech
2011Workshop Hungary-Balaton
2011Festival POHODA, Trenčín
2011Festival GRAPE, Piestany
2011Egon Schiele Art Centrum / RESIDENCY, Krumlov, Czech
2004, 2005Workshop Krokava-Letavy


Solo Exhibitions:

2016           How To Make a Bear Fall in Love, Studio D'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy

2015           JANECKOVA ON STEROIDS!, Atelier XIII, Bratislava, Slovakia

2015           SALMON LOVERS, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark

2015           Bears, Catastrophes and other everyday events, NOVA Galerie, Prague

2015           What I Really Do?, CIN-CIN gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014           So Many Fish, So Little Time, SOGA, Bratislava, Slovakia


      Lost and Found between Heaven and Ground, diploma works exhibition, opponent: Jiří Ptáček, Grossling spa, Bratislava
2013         No pain No gain, Flatgallery, Bratislava
2012         SLOVAK GOODIES /Katarina Janeckova, Erik Binder/, Overtoom 301, AWA, Amsterdam
2012         Lone Wolf, Cub and World Champion /Janeckova, Dubravsky, Fabian/, SOGA, Bratislava
2011      PHOTOPORT-Center of Visual Arts / exhibition of Bachelor Diploma works of Katarina Janeckova and Andrej Dubravsky
2010         ŠTETEC & BIČ / BRUSH & BITCH, Katarína Janečková, Andrej Dúbravský, TRANZIT hangár, Bratislava
2009         The Exhibition, GALÉRIA M++, Bratislava


Collective Exhibitions:

2017        Art Herning / North Kunstmesse / 40, Herning, Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark

2016       Arte Fierra Bologna, Studio D’Arte Raffaelli, Bologna, Trento

2016       Art Herning, Galerie Wolfsen, Herning, Denmark

2016       ACT, Nova Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic 

2014       Retrospectivepreview, FRESHMEN'S, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014       Inaugural Exhibition, ALLOUCHE gallery, SoHo/NYC, USA

2014       THE INFIDELS, La Trampa Gallery, Mexico city

2013Česko-slovenské hvězdy (Viktor Frešo, Václav Girsa, Katarína Janečková, Marek Meduna, Luděk Rathouský, Andrej     Dúbravský, Adam Štech, curator: Martin Dostál), Galerie Miroslava Kubíka, Litomysl,, Czech
2013      Sppirit, SPP Gallery, Bratislava
2013      Master Diploma Works VŠVU, Dom umenia, Bratislava
2012      VUB Painting of the Year 2012, Dvorana Ministerstva kultúry SR, Bratislava
2011      On the Treshold, gallery Jiri Svestka Berlin, Berlin
2011      Auction of contemporary slovak Art, Center for contemporary Arts with the support of Sotheby’s
2011      Consistent, Oravská galéria (Veľká výstavná sieň v Župnom dome), Dolný Kubín
2011      U102, KROKUS gallery, Bratislava
2011      VOLTA SHOW BASEL, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Switzerland, Basel
2011      NETWORK, Gallery Cvernovka, Bratislava
2011      Contemporary art auction, SOGA, Bratislava
2011      217 (C)enter the Bitch Zone, ENTER gallery, Bratislava
2011      KICK OFF, galerie DVORAKSEC, Praha
2011      KEBABB, Považská galéria umenia, Žilina
2010      Exhibition and document SKICA, Košice
2010      ART NOW, Kosice
2010      YOUNG ASS, Gallery Kressling, Bratislava
2009      PKO, Koncert pre všímavých, Bratislava
2009      PARALLELS, Maďarská Univerzita výtvarných umení v Budapešti, Hungary

      SMALL SCALE II & ENTROPA from David Černý, Kressling gallery, Bratislava





For me the bear is a substitute for a man. Sometimes I depict bear as a lover, voyeur, playful cub, perverted old bear or as a symbol of protection. It's also for my own amusement. I love to create stories and relationships between figures I paint. As for a woman, it's natural for me to identify with the women I paint and it was never really important for me to paint an actual face of a man, unless it's someone I have some feelings for. I paint those bears simple, as a strange dark figure, because it allows you to use your fantasy. Maybe hail memories and different experiences in life. Everyone can have different stories or feelings trying to read the painting. Monolithic black surface of the bear also gives my eye a place to rest among all colours and wild brush strokes of the painting.

I always enjoyed depicting the women in my paintings as dominant and strong in relationships. It's almost a stereotype to think that pretty women are usually submissive or or not very smart, so I like to play around that. Sometimes it's less visible and more in my head, sometimes it's obvious or exaggerated, like in the series with bodybuilders. There are symbols in my painting which come and go as my life changes. When I used to do Muai Thai, I painted a lot of boxing gloves, or latex masks when I was younger and fascinated by different fetishes.


When I moved to USA, I was lonely, looking for things to do in this small Texas town where I live and the gym was the only active option. As I observed the gym culture, cult of the body, my ideal of female beauty was changing. I suddenly started appreciating six pack, big strong thighs and so on. On the other hand it was funny to watch how women go crazy, showing off on the social media and sharing pictures of their butts after squatting. So I work with all of that in my paintings, showing admiration and respect to those women bodybuilders, and also playing on the irony the unhealthy commitments engaged in by those seeking to be “fit”.

In my latest works I got back to relationships - a common subject, quite easy to turn into a cliché, nevertheless I still don't feel like it's outworn yet, since everyone is thinking about relationships in a different way. After I got married I've been wondering if it's even good for an (woman) artist to get married, if it's even possible to be a young ambitious painter but still a good wife, waiting for the husband with the dinner. Those thoughts were leading me to different fantasies,  creating stories and finding the answers during the process of painting. 

                                                  (work in progress)

In my newest works and the real life as well what interests me the most are the differences and similarities of the worlds I live in (Europe vs. USA, or Texas vs. New York, or the border of Texas with Mexico). In my fantasy I would like to make these 'worlds' find a common ground. Growing up in Europe and spending a major time of the year in South Texas I often find myself in challenging situations and conversations  (current political situation, refugees, nudity, religion, sexual orientation, guns), which are teaching me how to listen, understand, stand for an opinion but stay open minded in the same time. The narrative of my recent work is about observing these differences and trying to embrace them - even with a (necessary) bit of an irony. The recent works are mostly stories based on my experiences of the life close to the border, fantasies and facts about why do Texans still wear cowboy boots and hats, why do they hunt and fish, how much it takes for me to be a part of it or if a Texan cowboy can ever find an understanding in the friendship with a New York graphic designer :-)