ABOUT

I was born 1988 in Prague, in Czech Republic, former Czechoslovakia and named Katřina Konarovská. Since 2012 living in Den Haag, Netherlands.
I graduated in visual art at West Bohemian University in 2011 from Illustration, same year I moved to Germany and awarded an internship in C&A as textile designer in Dusseldorf. Year later I moved to The Netherlands to study fine art and graduated in 2015 from The Royal Academy of Art in fine art at painting department.

I have been always interested in the form of communication, connection and misunderstanding between people and the inner and the outer worlds. The communication of invisible content and its expression is domain of the art itself. My work is a guerrilla mission armed by repeating patterns of drawings in textile printing, natural elements or beauty of the forms I´m choosing, where I try to smuggle darker content in an inviting forms discreetly breaking down binding norms and ideas about life. I love scary moments, social taboos, spiritual emptiness filled with consumerism, but also deeper spiritual experiences and dreams.

Painting and tapestries are historically old mediums and at this time I consider it a modern way of balancing the speed of technology. Another interactive form of my work, where I seek a comprehensible language for a greater number of people, is textile, radio, magazine, parkour performance in my disguise and their interventions in the city, and writing and singing texts for M.A.R.I.A. audio performance.

I think the power of artist is in its subjectivity, beyond all norms and scientific, religious or other temporary doctrines. Why is it important now? Because that is often tragically missing in our daily experiences…while talking with people, doing our jobs… there are rare good moments, when we really say what we really experience, when we really incarnate who we are. It brings boredom and tiredness. That sure explains drug abuse. But art can motivate us to express ourselves and that’s why it was always supported or on the other hand oppressed in totalistic regimes. For me this is every day mission.
“Burn what you have to burn. live what you have to live” C.G.Jung appearing in my dream in May 2016.

Besides that I co/organize and participate at group exhibitions (in Den Haag, Rotterdam and Prague) and biennial art-music festival Itch tongue. I try to be active in my atelier building De Besturing in Den Haag, lately I did my work presentation there, audio performances, I received studio visits (from Stroom, Unfair, gallery and other places). I do or visit workshops there and other activities.

 

EXHIBITIONS
upcoming and current:
2021 (corona postpond) Glasgow InternationalYou’re Never Done – group exhibition with: Adelita Husni-Bey, Gabecare (Rachel Adams, Tessa Lynch), G.O.D.S. (Ashanti Harris, Letitia Pleiades), Winnie Herbstein, Katerina Konarovska, Harriet Rose Morley, Katie Shannon and Tara Marshall-Tierney.
2020 3.7-24.8. Unfair Amsterdam, group expo: Babs Bleeker, Kim David Bots, Inez de Brauw, Erik de Bree. Katrein Breukers, Tim Breukers, Koos Buster, Bonno van Doorn, Afra Eisma, Joost Elschot, Maurice van Es, Willem de Haan, Meinke ten Have, Raquel van Haver, Jan Hoek, Alle Jong, Natalia Jordanova, Marc Philip van Kempen, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Kateřina Konarovská, Rabi Koria, Joost Krijnen, Rens Krikhaar, Vytautas Kumža, Nazif Lopulissa, Sanja Marušić, Lennart de Neef, Janine van Oene, Daan Paans, Pernille Pedersen, Jaya Pelupessy, Lotte Reimann, Thomas van Rijs, Hugo Rocci, Anika Schwarzlose, Gilleam Trapenberg, Thomas Trum, Jop Vissers Vorstenbosch, Thijs Zweers, Anouk van Zwieten.
23.5.2020 Music and magic trick,  MARIA performance for P.S.Den Haag at This Art fair Amsterdam

The Balcony: The Town Mouse and the Country House expo between Belgium and Den Haag, with me and: Bora Akinciturk w/ Iain Ball, Flaviu Cacoveanu, Arthur Cordier, Pietro Di Corrado, Adele Dipasquale w/ Marco Quadri, Philip Hinge, Julie Kern Donck

passed:
2019 1.11. Dapper, Bad Spirits, Good Souls, Amsterdam Centrum, group: blowboi.bonanza + daddy.hands, Anastasia Kiseleva, Katarina Konarovska, Luuk Kuipers, Clara Lezla, Kasper van Moll, Lisa Smithson, Christian Thomsen, Peer Vink Curated by: Laila van Berge
019 11.10-17.11. Koninklijke Prijs voor Schilderkunst, Royal Palace Amsterdam, group:Simone Albers, Leo Arnold, Cian-Yu Bai, Anders Dickson, Ricardo van Eyk, Meg Forsyth, Vera Gulikers, Kateřina Konarovská, Sophie Lee, Machteld Rullens, Erik-Jan van der Schuur, Hedy Tjin, Tom van Veen, Luis Xertu, Dan Zhu.
2019 2.11. Parkour Shaman, De Besturing, solo
2019 9.11.-22.12. Smells like humanity, Gallery De Zaal, Delft, solo
2019 29.11-16.12.  Czech centrum Rotterdam, curator and participating, group: Martin Gabriel, Leonie Schneider, Valentino Russo, Katerina Konarovska, Luis Maly, Roland Spitser 
2019 De School, Patty Morgan expo, Amsterdam, group
2019 Prospects and concepts, Van Nelle Fabric, Art Rotterdam,Rotterdam, Group: Martin Gabriel, Alexandra Martens Serrano, Annemarie Slobbe, Aura Rendon Benger, Bart Kok, Charlott Weise, Evita Vasiljeva, Frank & Michiel Goof Kloosterman, Janina Frye, Jochem van Laarhoven, Joost Elschot, Katerina Konarovska, Katrein Breukers, Klaas Jonkman, Koen Kloosterhuis, Laurent-David Garnier, Liselot Veenendaal, Liza Wolters, Maaike Knibbe, Machteld Rullens, Mike Moonen, Nicola Arthen, Rabi Koria, Roland Spitzer, Roos Cornelius, Vibeke Mascini
2018 Emperor is naked, Holešovická šachta, Prague, Groep: Katerina Sidorova, Debbie Young, Katerina Konarovska
2018 Technology in your bed, Pip Optie B, Den Haag, Duo: Martin Gabriel and me
2018 Full room, Moos space, Den Haag, Groep
2018 textile and magazine infiltration performance in den haag city centrum, Den Haag, Solo
2018 Waiting room, Pavilon gallery, Prague, CZ, Solo,
2017 Misttake textile shop, Moos space, Den Haag, Solo
2017 HEMA city performance –out of gallery project, Den Haag, Solo
2016 Hoogtij42,Noordwal, Den Haag, Duo: Martin Gabriel and Katerina Konarovska
2016 Pop-up exhibition, De Belofte, Kunstlifde, Utrecht, Groep: Ana Oosting, Rabi Koria, Martin Gabriel, Katerina Konarovska. Lard Reen,
2016 Exchanging Intimacies, Organizing+participating on international group expo between 1234 mm gallery in  Prague, CZ Quartair, Den Haag Group of: Vincent Both, Yair Callender, Martin Gabriel, Katerina Konarovska, Bjorn Barendse, Frank Niessen, Stepanka Sigmundova, Filip Dvorak, Jozef Mrva and Rixt de Boer

PROJECTEN
2019 Parkour Shaman project with parkour, music and my textile performance in Den Haag city centrum
2019 Co-organizing+participation 10 art-band music festival – Itchy tongue festival II, De Besturing
2018 Performance with my Maria band, Worm, Rotterdam worm.org/production/ed-schraders-music-beat-real-farmer/
2017 Co-organizing+participation 12 art-band music festival – Itchy tongue festival I, De Besturing

INTERNATIONAL INTERSHIPS
2012 Dusseldorf, Duitsland I did a half year fool time internship/job in C&A, I learn to design textile in software or hand and produce patterns for several collection in the world.

PUBLICATIONS
2018 Misttake magazine, own production, 64 pages a fictive fashion magazine, infiltrated in to city Den Haag. In to waiting room of dentist, hospital, bar, psychiatry. Its supposed to be questioning the normality of the content and values shared in western medias.

PRIJZEN EN STIPENDIA
2020
1 Stroom Pro Invest
2 Stroom Sport subsidies
2019
Nominated for Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst/Royal award for modern painting at Amsterdam Palace
Stroom Kunst project subsidies: Parkour Shaman
2017
1 De Werkbijdrage Jong Talent is bedoeld voor beloftevolle beeldend kunstenaars..Doel is artistieke ontwikkeling en cultureel ondernemerschap te stimuleren zodat werk tot stand komt dat een betekenisvolle bijdrage kan leveren aan de hedendaagse beeldende ku
2 Mondriaan Jong Talen
3 De PRO Invest subsidie is bedoeld om startende kunstenaars in staat te stellen zich verder te ontwikkelen in Den Haag en een bijdrage te leveren aan de Haagse kunstwereld.
4 Stroom Pro Invest
2016
1 Stroom Pro Deo, Niet-financiële ondersteuning van activiteiten die zijn gericht op reflectie, verdieping en dialoog om het individuele kunstenaarschap verder te ontplooien en ontwikkelen of om het kunstprogramma van initiatieven te versterken.

EDUCATION
2012 – 2015 Fine art,Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten,Diploma behaald
2007 – 2011 Illustration & Graphic,Institute of Art and Design, University of West Bohemia,Diploma behaald