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The Birth of a new Culture of Presence
Now is... Herstory
Darinka Blagaj’s international fine art career spans more than 3 decades, with over 55 solos exhibitions around the world. Her clients are varied from multi-millionaires to waiters & waitresses, to companies & corporate collections. Her story stems back to the early 80’s - 90’s in the Queen Street West area in Toronto, Railway Street in Vancouver, and the Lower East side of Manhattan NYC. Her daily adventures brought her in contact with a wide array of experimental culture & people, giving her places and inspiration to create fine art, performance art & installation art. Through a daily momentum of drawing, painting and writing for up to 18 hours a day, Darinka eased deeply into her intuitive flow.- a clear channel to her divine source became her trademark. Her career is an exploration of this invitation and allowing her creative flow in the moment without imposition, or judgement and through it she has encountered the central reservoir which delivers personal transformation and unity consciousness.
Not knowing what she was about to paint, and moving forward into a dance with the blank canvas and the blank page - the void: Darinka's raw nerves unlock and ignite the portal of innocence making her works vehicles of transformation and direct self-awareness for the viewer. These are the ah ha moments, as a viewer, when you are faced with raw nerves, or another being's truth - your mind is ignited by your feelings, creating new synapses to process this loaded visual vocabulary. This is the impact of her movement, "A Culture of Now". which she shares through her visual works and her public performance art works and public engagement projects through The Smile Office.
Over her 31 year career, the works do not hold one "style" or motif - yes, the "divine feminine" is a major player, yet once you see and experience a Darinka painting or drawing - you recognize the "energy signature" of allowing. Few artists imbue space with such joy, hope, healing and peace.
Internationally exhibiting for 10 years prior to her family life, Darinka Blagaj has lived a wild bohemian adventure, listening to her heart. Two near deaths contributed much "energetic upgrade" to her understanding of the fabric of reality. As a mother of two, she homeschooled her children for 10 years, creating with life on a daily basis. She has an ongoing love affair with the earth, the elementals, and the unseen world - the void - of her creative imagination, and an intuitive approach to the collective expanding awareness of humanity.