Zeiko Duka is evolving incessantly.
Her masterful manipulation of light and dark, the fluidity of forms seems like a pictorial portrayal of music sonata. She depicts her dreams and imagination in a symphony of color palette, that bursts out of the canvas with the emotional force of the spring.
Obviously, paintings became a big part of her life which could strike you with elements of surprise. This remains one of her art ways. Each form of Ziko Duka painting is special, you will be able to enjoy it. The thoughts or the way expressed.
She graduated from the faculty of Architecture and she did postgraduate studies in Industrial Design.
She started her participation in solo and group exhibitions since she was a child 6 years old. Took part in worldwide exhibitions and Art Fair. Her work was in British GQ (VOGUE house), World Wide Art Books “CURRENT MASTERS” the USA, “CIRCLE-FEATURED ARISTIS-France, “INTERNATIONAL ART BOOK” – UK. Also, her works are in different private collections, as: USA, United Kingdom, Greece, Georgia, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Italy, and Morocco.
Hello Zeiko! You say you remember a photo of an 8-month-old you with paintbrushes in hand. Can you remember how it all started for you in the art world? Tell us more about yourself.
Zeiko: I grew up in the artistic family, I saw every day new creations, it was painting or fashion. So, it was not difficult to find tools for painting. Nevertheless, no one is required, I had always the freedom of choice. I was the one who always wanted to paint, probably my DNA. I was trying to paint my family members and that was around us. Surely all the figures were with my childhood imagination. As it seems from the beginning, I was interested in human life, which continues to this day. I remember my first exhibition, was young artists exhibition up to 18, I was the youngest who took part, only 6 years old. This was the beginning of the way as an artist.
On the way, I discovered that apart from painting attracts me a lot the mathematic. Just this was the reason that I studied architecture, but I never stopped being an active painter. My art is evolving incessantly.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Zeiko: My art is constantly evolving, the way scripts are portrayed, it’s on canvas or paper, oil or ink, is always changing. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a specific style. It always has to do with the mood I start each project. That’s why my style is a harmonious blend of Modernism, Impressionism, Abstract Painting and Photorealism, and Surrealism, they are all part of my art family.
I always manage to get away from the real definitions of modernism, I had to make a line, a radical way of thinking in my own way, without limits set by the traditional method. Brushstrokes, common and common themes, unusual angles are some of the features of my painting style.
What is unique about your technique? What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Zeiko: My artistic technique, style is what make my work feel like me.
Every emotion I have to manipulate, of light and dark, I depict my dreams and imagination in a symphony of color palette, that burst out of the canvas or paper with the emotional force of the spring. Regardless of what I work with, a brush, pencil, or knife. A feature of my creations is bright colors, probably because I always feel strongly about every event of my life. Every color or mixture of colors is the breath of our planet, of our life, of my life. The whole feature of my style does not mean that it is understandable to everyone, the only art style that’s universally understood is realism. That does not mean I give up. Obviously, my paintings became a big part of my life which could strike you with elements of surprise. You may feel like you are collecting stars from the sky in the basket you are holding in your hand. This remains one of my art ways. Each form, painting is special, you will be able to enjoy it, the thoughts or the way I expressed.
You say, even in metaphysics ideas are expressed by forms. How do you get inspiration for a painting?
Zeiko: Indeed, in metaphysic, I can see a lot; I can see a simple flower or anything around us and see a whole story of human life. All that is a philosophy of art, including concepts such as interpretation, representation, expression, and form. Besides, I’m inspired by the events that take place around me, in our lives. Also happened to listen to music and create an image that I want to express on canvas with colors or on paper with black and white contrasts. With each painting to the viewer, I always want to convey a different story of our lives.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your art.
Zeiko: Definitely, one of them is one day I went for coffee with my friends, were days before the Pandemic, was a young waitress. She was moved with a butterfly air, light and beautiful. In the days of lockdown, many thoughts came to my mind, one of them was the beautiful, young waitress. Was so emotional, I immediately felt the need to create an image, which I called ”Butterfly”.
What are you currently working on?
Zeiko: This time I have something different, usually my biggest muse is human. Is still around human. There is no human life without them. Animals are a window to our soul and a doorway to our spiritual destiny. If we let them into our lives and allow them to teach us, we will be better for it. If Animals Spoke, Humanity would Cry.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Zeiko: The art is my life, flowing in my veins, in my blood, and transported to my soul. With the voice and colors of my soul, I am trying to transfer the events of Contemporary Human. Which I would like to share with you.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, everything changed in our lives. The world is going through a period of crisis, but whether we look at it as a crisis or as an opportunity to reshape our thinking, depends on us. So, use this period as a lesson on how to live life with concern for all of humankind. It is not a war, it is a lesson of life. We have sickened the Earth and now its screams of pain are resounding in the global reach of a pandemic that, for us, people have the taste of catastrophe. The time has come to realize that the countdown has begun, the safety is almost completely consumed, and this is the last call. For you, for me, for all the creatures that populate the Earth. And for this tormented planet, whose very life depends on our survival.
Only love saves our planet!!!!!!
Art is love!!!!
Do you believe talent is something certain people have a natural leaning to or is it something that has to be cultivated over many years?
Zeiko: I have heard many conversations about it, for some, with the talent we are born, for others, cultivated. For me personally, it is a gift we have innate. However, that innate talent is what differentiates a talented person from a trained person. Has another skill from trained technicians. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. No matter how well one plays the piano, this does not mean that he or she is a composer of music. The same in painting, no matter how well one knows the history of art, with this he or she will never become Leonardo da Vinci.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Zeiko: I have several, but one I would like to single out more than all. On a beautiful summer day of 2012, a tourist asked me to show her the way to the Acropolis. While I was explaining to her how to go, asked me if I was a painter and she has seen me in my exhibition opening in the Agora Gallery in New York. The exhibition was six years before that meeting. No matter how many years pass, I will never forget this beautiful story of my life.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Zeiko: Currently Art Screen TV presents me at Artsy online platform https://www.artsy.net/search?term=zeiko%20duka
Soon starts group exhibitions at Art number 23 Gallery, London, UK and Spring luxury exhibition, Dutch Luxury Design. Buren, Netherlands.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Zeiko: Every artist plays a different and necessary part in our society. Every artist from his creation tries to offer his audience joy, interaction, inspiration, also give thoughtful critique to our political, economic, and social systems — showing support. Every artist tells life stories with their works. I hope one of the story talers, it will be me.
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