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Jana Vodesil-Baruffi


Jana  Vodesil-Baruffi

Jana was born in Czechoslovakia now Czech Republic in 1957. From childhood she developed a keen interest in art and sport. These two interests followed her throughout life. After finishing five years of study she graduated as an Interior designer. Drawing was part of her daily routine.

In 1981 she emigrated to Australia, and immediately became involved in art, learning copper enamelling, china painting, watercolours, and fabric printing in private studios of various artists and in technical college.

In 1987 Jana held first solo exhibition of china paintings, copper enamellings and ceramics at the private studio of her art teacher.

In 1988 she won first prize in pastel category in both the City of Melville Art Exhibition and the Bicentennial Art Exhibition in York.

In September 1989 Jana held a second solo exhibition of pastel paintings in Gomboc Gallery.

The following year Jana started working as a decorative artist, painting murals, trompe l’oeils, marbles, stone and other decorative finishes. Jana painted furniture, decorative objects, walls, ceilings, panels, wood, metal and glass, and worked in the most prestigious residential and commercial buildings in Perth, Singapore and Europe. Her work has been featured many times in magazines such as Home and Garden, The Building and Design Yearbook, The Finishing Touch and The West Australian Newspaper, and many of her articles on the subject of decorative art have been published. On several occasions Jana won the craftsman’s awards in the Homes of the Year competitions for her murals.

In 2001 Jana decided to step off the ladders and scaffolds and share her knowledge of art through teaching in her studio at 24 Yampi Way in Willetton.

In May 2005 she held a solo exhibition at Atwell Gallery in acrylics, oils and pastels in a realistic and illusionist style.

In 2006 Jana also won the oil category of The City of Canning Art Award and was a finalist in The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award.

In 2006 Jana won The peoples choice award with portrait of Peter Kennedy in Black Swan portraiture prize.

In November 2006 she held a solo exhibition “Life, death and in between” at St. John of God Hospital in Subiaco. This exhibition marks a change of direction in her art, from Realism to Fantastic realism.

In 2008 Jana held a solo exhibition at Linton and Kay Fine Art Gallery in Subiaco in Fantastic Realism.

In April 2009 Jana started a year’s sabbatical painting in Italy, embarking on new adventures and letting the Italian culture and landscape inspire her. In October that year she held a one month solo exhibition in Arezzo, a town that typifies, Tuscany, and later in that year in Sondrio , North Italy.

The year 2009 marked Jana’s first Art Tour, which took place in Italy’s Tuscany region, with 28 participants. Since then Jana has facilitated several Art Tours, focusing mainly on Italy but also New Zealand and Czech Republic. The tours explore history, culture and the beauty of nature combining art demonstrations and plein air painting.

In May 2010 her paintings featured in the “Out From Down Under and Beyond” exhibition in Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

In November 2010 Jana held a solo exhibition “Love affair with Italy” in The Italian club, Fremantle.

The opening of her Metamorphosis Art Gallery in March 2011 provided new possibilities to help and encouraging new, upcoming and established artists to promote their work as well as having an amazing space to exhibit her art.

Visiting other art groups to do art presentation and Demonstrations, teaching art from her beautiful studio and taking groups of artists and their partners to Italy, Prague and NZ to paint and explore is one of the most enjoyable and satisfying experiences in Jana’s life.

2012 marked Jana’s forth finalist selection for the prestitious Black Swan portraiture prize.

Jana is a regular contributor to Doug Moran, Archibald and Black Swan portraiture competitions.

Her latest project “Permanent Impressions” is a collection of portraits acknowledging the outstanding contribution of 50 West Australia women to our society. This unique and demanding project celebrates well known and lesser known heroines of WA, recording their history for future generations. Among these are prominent figures such as: Lyn Beazley, Margaret Court, Priya Cooper, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley and many more. “Permanent Impressions” travelled throughout regional Western Australia during 2013/20124, receiving great acclaim and enthusiastic attendance from thousands of Western Australians. This project is immortalized in the award winning book entitled “Permanent Impressions – a celebration of women”.

In 2013 Belmont Business Enterprise Centre presented Jana with the “Most creative award” in its small business category.

In 2014 Jana launched the Contemporary Australian Surrealists movement, with the vision of making the Metamorphosis Art Gallery the heart of this genre.

Jana’s work can be divided into three categories: Fantastic realism, Portraits and Visual dairies (paintings from her extensive travels).

Fantastic Realism is Jana’s signature work that allows her to tell the story and express her ideas and beliefs in an interesting and creative way. At this moment Jana is working on a new collection of paintings inspired by the book “Half the Sky” in the hope of bringing attention to the modern slavery and oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

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