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Valerie Z. Benáčková

Valerie Z. Beňačková studied at the Charles University in Prague Fine Art and Art History. Already in her youth, she became interested in the folk painting on glass, whose Naive art and poetics of substantive representation for them an extraordinary wealth contained.

The glass painting originated in the Middle Ages and spread from the Byzantine Empire, starting on Venice to Central Europe , where they initially mainly adorned church rooms and as  applied art of the aristocracy. According to the change of glass painting folk art in the 18th and 19th Century it was in the countries most typically Austria-Hungary and Germany. During deErsten and World War II (1914-1945) , the painting behind glass gerat probably due to their proximity to the naive art almost forgotten and suffered their technique under emerging modern trends. Beňačková Valerie Z. require several years to the technology to revive and rediscover . Another problem was especially the selection of the various types of color and the correct color layering in order to obtain the resistance of the colors, and a reaction between the inks should be avoided. Likewise, the art and the motives of the contemporary culture had to be adjusted. The proximity to the naive art continued to exist and is a major feature of this style of painting. The artist is experiencing this kind of painting as a comfort-giving and sees them as a way to an optimistic view of life in the world with all its beautiful moments and dreams picturesque display . "the tendency of modern art to the vulgarization or the cult of ugliness on display question about which I'll leave that task to be someone else . I paint for myself and have no desire to express myself in that way. I do what brings me joy and I hope that I can pass on.  " Together with her ​​daughter Iva Beňačková, but the same technique used less traditional Valerie Z. Beňačková presented since 1982 her paintings at exhibitions. This is a larger variety of this style of painting visible .


The official collections of paintings by Valerie Z. Beňačková be issued including in the National Galleries in Prague and Bratislava, at the Ethnographic Museum in Prague and at the Slovak Institute of History. A series of fourteen paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross of Jesus, is located in the St. Svorad and Benedict Church in Radostka in Slovakia. Furthermore, the paintings very often used as designs for posters, invitations and greeting cards. For example, in 1999 graced Valerie Z. Benáčkovás painting "Four Seasons" the congratulatory card for the millennium of the Musée Nationpulaires in Paris.

Solo exhibitions in the following places instead: West Berlin, exhibition hall KDW (1981) / Paris, Czechoslovakian cultural center (1982) / Bordeaux, Czechoslovak Culture Days (1982) / Nice, Czechoslovak Culture Days (1982) / Bratislava Exhibition Hall of the Comenius University (1983 ) / Prague, Slovak Culture Club (1988) / Warsaw and Skierzence, Czechoslovak Culture Days (1989) / Vienna, Czechoslovakian cultural center (1991) / Prague, Hotel Forum - Corinthia (1991, 1992, 1993) / Geras - Austria (1993, 1994 ) /

Tabor - Czech Republic, gallery Lucina (1995) / Winston Salem - USA, Gallery of Old Salem (1997) / Třebova Moravian - Czech Republic, Municipal Art Gallery (1999) / Marienbad - Czech Republic, Goethe House (1999) / Bratislava, Slovak Institute (2000 , 2002) / Budweis, D + Gallery (2001) / Munich, Slovak Catholic Mission (2003) / Prague, Gallery Portheimka (2003) / Prague, D + Gallery (2004) / Prague, Novozámecká Gallery (2005) / Prague, Chapel the Church of St. Mary of the Snow (2006) / Prague, Gallery Cerna labuť (2010)