Irena Kurkova is a Czech contemporary painter who creates both figurative and abstract works with a diverse subject matter, including portraits, flowers, landscapes, and still lifes. She trained and worked as a civil engineer in Prague. For a long time, painting has been her joy and a great hobby, but sadly, she didn’t have enough tie for it. After moving to Singapore in 2011, she took the opportunity to pursue art and started painting again, even taking lessons from Singaporean academic painter Wee Shoo Leong. Kurkova also spent four months studying under American portrait painter Clayton Hudnall. “I love painting, as it gives me a sense of freedom and great relaxation. I enjoy expressing myself through colors.”
In August of 2015, she moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. Since 2017, Kurkova has been supporting Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world, by donating some of her paintings. In Switzerland, she continues to develop her art skills/technique with her art mentor/teacher Johanna Franco at Artroom. From 2010 until now, Kurkova has sold more than 90 paintings to clients from around the world (Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, UAE, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, and Singapore).
Featured image: Irena Kurkova - portrait. Photo
courtesy Z Contemporary