Passing the light to children – Miroslav Capovcak

Behind the Church by Miroslav Capovcak
Source: Courtesy of Miroslav Capovcak

I’ve read somewhere that in one’s life, in a hundred years, not much will matter but how and whether one changed a life of a child.

In my research I came across a contemporary artist and an art teacher from Snina, Slovakia, Miroslav Capovčák, who, similarly to the artists of Rusyn “Barbizon” in the beginning of the 20th century, founded a private art school in Michalovce where he’s passing the art of painting onto the children – Rusyn or not – of the 21st century. His efforts as an art teacher came to fruition with his students winning international competitions, topping it with a gold medal at a world art exhibition in Taiwan in 2008.

Capovčák’s work, of which I show you two examples, is defined by playing with the edge between abstraction and realism, blocking in the patches of pigment, layering of the pure colors, to suggest things barely visible to the physical eye, ideas that are innately in the scene, but not at the moment.

You can find paintings that you can easily categorize as e.g. landscapes executed in one technique, but then you have many where you can identify some idiosyncrasy, which makes you question the objects you see.

Changes by Miroslav Capovcak Source: Courtesy of Miroslav Capovcak
Changes by Miroslav Capovcak
Source: Courtesy of Miroslav Capovcak