The Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, the Embassy of Slovakia in Cyprus within the framework of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Embassy of Serbia and UNICEF jointly present the exhibition of Serbian painter of Slovak origin, Zuzana Chalupová.
Depicting her life and the lives of her fellow-villagers, Zuzana Chalupová’s paintings draw us into her world, a world of the past and of her imagination. Her naïve art, a term coined in the 20th century, possess a deeply ingrained sense of colour.
Her work reveals the essence of the four seasons and the influence of each one on old professions that nowadays are rarely identified even in rural parts of a country. The artist’s faith in love and family is also indicated in the imagery of daily family activities. Herself being a Serbian orthodox, the national religious beliefs of her region also play a significant role in the everyday life of the people depicted. Such features generate a familiarity with the Cypriot culture and religious beliefs.
Michael and Loukia Zampelas are privileged to own a vast number of her paintings, illustrating the quintessence of her hometown. The exhibition is set to display selected works from the collection.
In 1974, Chalupová created a painting for the UNICEF headquarters titled Children of the UN. The same year, her painting Zima (Winter) was chosen by UNICEF Christmas card programme. The two million copies produced, established Zuzana Chalupová as one of the most eminent representatives of naïve art. Her generous disposition was demonstrated with donating a number of her paintings, as well as a great deal of money to charity. Humanitarian organizations included UNICEF, UNESCO and the Red Cross, among others.
Zuzana Chalupová, In the Park, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, 29 x 40 cm
Zuzana Chalupová, The Couple, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm
Zuzana Chalupová, Playground, 1973, Acrylic on canvas, 34 x 50 cm