Magdalena Krivosikova

Magdalen Cerha
Besöksadress: Kulturhuset, Allevägen 1

Magdalena Krivosikova was born in 1947 in Zvolen, former Czechoslovakia. She studied fine arts in Bratislava. As a consequence of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Magdalena took a detour via France for Sweden, which then become her home country.In Stockholm in the early 1970’s she worked in advertising for Arbman’s, and, with the Arts Academy in mind, enrolled at Idun Loven’s private art school to build her skills and portfolio.The premature death of her husband Jaroslav Cerha, and arrival of her only child in the winter of 1974 changed the situation dramatically. Early motherhood consisted of portrait painting, freelance designing, and teaching art. She exhibited at various local galleries in Stockholm.From 1974 to present, she has produced a substantial body of work in oil, watercolor, charcoal drawings, and cement sculptures. During the latter part of this period her interest in plants and sustainability began to manifest itself in the form of an unconventional garden.Unabashedly, she wildly companion-planted ornamentals, herbs and vegetables in rich mosaics of color and texture. To maximize her harvest, she utilized local resources such as manure from nearby stables, or decayed tree stumps from bountiful forests. Come autumn, she harvested edible berries and mushrooms. This lifestyle then began to influence her art. Magdalena has developed a symbiotic relationship with Earth. Summertime she works in the garden, soaking up inspiration. Wintertime she works in her art studio, loading her impressions onto her canvases. This way of life directly contributes to her unique and personal mythology and iconography. Her garden has landed her numerous awards and features in Swedish magazines.
Discover Magdalena at Bättre Konst and Saatchi Art.