"The soul that sees the beauty may sometimes walk alone" J. W. Goethe
Emerging artist Andrea Varhol was born in magical, but rather poor North-East part of Slovakia, in the end of Communistic era, where art was consider unnecessary and ridiculous according the political view.
Around age of five, her mother took her to the little Greek Catholic church, where she faced the art for the first time. Frozen with fear, gasping for air, she couldn't take her eyes from breathtaking ceiling scene of Cain and Abel.
Growing up in the country, which went from decline of Communism, to state division between Czech and Slovakia in a very short period of time, didn't help her art grow much.
Living in the one of the communistic, virtually identical blocks, surrounded mostly by constructivist architecture, she received only basic art education. Perhaps as her reaction to all the same shapes, she began with her first abstract drawings and experimenting with colours.
As she was growing into an young woman, admiring history of art and literature, Slovakia went through yet another major change, becoming part of European Union.
Soon after that, trying to follow her dreams, Andrea arrived in England and cooking became her profession. Straggling with language and different cuisine, with East and West Europe barrier, it was there and then, when someone gave her a box of oil paints as a gift.
It was instant love. Never been trained how to use them, there was almost no technique in her painting, just the try and error over and over again.
"Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?"
Now settled in Netherlands, still cooking, Andrea's style sits somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealist automatism. Her inspiration comes mostly from deep perceiving of human nature and from mesmerizing beauty of the world.
The journey of every artist is unique.
In 2016 she debuted with International Emerging Artist Award in Dubai. Shortlisted, her painting ended in "The Best Of 2016" coffee table book.
In 2017 she was awarded "Special Merit" category by Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery and was part of an exhibitions in Florence and Milan.
Selected by Art Management Berlin her art will be published in incoming edition of "The First Berliner Art Book 2018" and she just received another "Special Merit" award in All Women Competition 2018.