Andrew Valko R.C.A. was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1957. Valko studied wood block printing in Japan with master printmaker Toshi Yoshida. Valko has been included in several prestigious shows including the Yoshida Annual International Print Exhibition from 1987 – 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. Valko’s realist paintings are so illustrative that they are a near parody of camera technology.
Valko uses his printmaking techniques when painting with acrylics. Working on wood, he uses a router and carves into the wood creating texture which reinforces the painting. Throughout almost 20 years of exhibitions he has been collected and exhibited by many important public institutions and private collectors in Canada and abroad, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Brockton Art Gallery, Boston, The Canada Council Art Bank, and The Claridge Collection, Montreal. In December of 1994, Andrew Valko was elected into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
"Andrew Valko has made himself the laureate of disconnected encounter: the master of incomplete ceremony. Almost without exception, his paintings and drawings are episodes in an ongoing fragmentary narrative in which we are obliged, as viewers, to fill in the details of a story that he only hints at. Valko knows that viewer and voyeur are close in meaning. These radiant paintings glow with a sense of golden unhappiness. On the basis of this new work, Andrew Valko legitimately anoints himself the master of the ambiguous gaze."
"Andrew Valko's world is bathed in a dim half-light of a flickering cathode ray tube illuminating the anonymous rooms and barren hearts of their occupants. His intense style elevates sterile spaces beyond the predictable and achieves an astonishing verisimilitude with a quality of languid disengagement. Looking at his paintings is like running your fingers along the blade of a Henckels knife thinking it to be the crease in your pants."
McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
Learn about artist Andrew Valko and his process for creating through this artist video profile.
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