The Culture of Now 
   The Art of Darinka Blagaj         
   The Smile Office Art Lab - Living Art, Toronto

                      

"When I look into my own eyes - i see/feel the divine within me. 
I am attracted to and tune into the same frequency in another being. 

When I look into another's eyes I see/feel the divine.  

I perceive the flow within Nature easily within me when I'm out in Nature. Feeling the radiance of unity, wholeness, making it easier for me to centre myself.

It is the divine I naturally "look for" and it is the divine I find in everything. "



The Birth of a new Culture of Presence - Herstory

The Culture of Now

Darinka tapped into her central reservoir of flow from the mid 80's - trademarking a clear channel from her eternal being. By exploring this invitation and allowing her creative flow in the moment without imposition, or judgement, Blagaj delivers personal transformation and unity consciousness in her colours, strokes, nuances and forms.

Clients range from waiters & waitresses to multi-millionaires.Her international fine art career spans more than 3 decades, with over 60 solo exhibitions in six countries. 

Daily adventures and obsessive creating momentum, up to 18 hours a day saw fine art making, performance art & installations as darinka eased deeply into the groove of her intuitive flow.

From the mid 80’s - mid 90’s Darinka pranced around in the Queen Street West area of Toronto, Railway Street in Vancouver, and the Lower East side of Manhattan NYC. Mixing in with a wide array of experimental culture, possibilities & eccentric people with a deep desire to create living art in the moment of inspiration.

THE VOID

Not knowing what she was about to paint, and moving forward into a dance with the blank canvas and the blank page - Darinka's raw nerves unlock and ignite the portal of innocence making her works vehicles of transformation and direct self-awareness for the viewer. Those "ah - ha" moments, 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 Art Lab.

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.