Nikola Emma Ryšavá
Nikola Emma Ryšavá always wanted to be an artist. In fact, her first childhood costume was an "artist" and included everything from a beret to a palette and actual brushes and paint.
But make-believe is now a magical reality, and we get to marvel at Nikola's work all day, every day! Originally from Prague, Nikola is now working and studying abroad in Porto, Portugal. She began her artistic career studying ceramics and the design of wooden toys. She then went on to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. We invite you to gaze upon a body of work that is often surreal, sometimes grotesque, truly emotional, and other times macabre. This gorgeous and expansive portfolio stems from literature, her inner world, and her amateur interest in psychoanalysis. Sculpture allows this creative mind to explore a limitless medium, and without boundaries, her artwork and style is stunning and memorable.
Nikola is grateful to have such a supportive family. Growing up, her parents never dissuaded her from being an artist. One of her earliest memories is drawing on the walls of her family's apartment. With crayons and a lack of supervision, Nikola and her sister drew all over the walls, creating their own childhood murals. Neither of her parents punished the girls, but instead continued to foster their creative energy.
Sculpture is her medium!
Nikola folds many playful twists into her work. While capturing her own social anxieties and insecurities in a sculpture, she will play with materials and styles in order to create greater depths and more room for interpretation.
Nikola continues to experiment with materials. In addition to traditional supplies, such as concrete and epoxy resin, Nikola also uses silicones, rubber, and used textiles. Right now, she is developing techniques to make sculpture out of crystallized salt and sugar.
In Bloom (2017)—colored concrete, plastics, and glitter—as seen above.
Nikola spends her days working on sculptures, drawing, taking long walks, and watching way too many movies and television shows.
But at night, she shuts it down and sleeps. "Sleep is definitely my favorite hobby," she says.
Do you believe in ghosts?
"In an abstract way, I do. I've had a soft spot for all the supernatural creatures ever since I was little. My parents use to read me Greek myths and legends as bedtime stories."
Do you believe in aliens?
"Yeah, I believe that aliens are more likely to exist than God."
This talented artist has exhibited her work in various places throughout the Czech Republic, Italy, and Australia.
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