Darina is an award-winning artist living in Russell, in the Bay of Islands. Originally from the Czech Republic, she graduated with Honours from the “Private School of Art and Design in Prague”. Her desire for adventure led her to live in various parts of the world before settling permanently in Russell. Darina exhibited widely nationally and internationally and she has undertaken many commissioned pieces. Her unique paintings are held in private collections mostly in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Australia, Japan, the UK, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland and the Czech Republic.
From the Artist
“I am constantly inspired by living in New Zealand. It’s a far-cry from her childhood in the Czech Republic, where I grew up in a block of flats in the city with little interest in natural world. Now, surrounded by ocean and native bush, I have a strong connection with nature and animals. I understands how important it is to treasure and care for them.
It is my passion to create painting with all kind of animals including wildlife, farm animals and pets, in addition to portraits of people.
Through the years I have mastered many art techniques, working mainly with oil and acrylic paint. In the couple recent years with my new role of being mother, I have re-discovered my love of watercolours. I enjoy this very unpredictable technique, which allows me to be creative in an expressive and playful way using the most vivid colours.”
2016 – 2nd Place – Professional Oil/Acrylic category, Royal Easter Show Art Competition, Auckland NZ
2015 – Winner of People’s Popular Choice Award – Waitakere Art, Sculpture & Photography Awards, Auckland NZ
2015 – Winner of Portrait, Figurative category – Waitakere Art, Sculpture & Photography Awards
2014 – 1st Place – Professional category, Resene Mural Masterpieces Competition
2017, October – X-RAY MAG, Internation Dive Magazine,
2014, November, Issue 6 – The New Zealand Artist Magazine
2014, January – Published in “Antennae of Inspiration” Art book by “Out of Step Books”
2013, December, 31st – Nothern Advocate, The NZ Herald, ”Czech Out Paihia’s New Mural”
2012, February, Issue 18 – Channel Magazine for the North Shore
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