Folk-Art Narratives from India and Eastern Europe by Katia Peshakova

9th April, 2010: “Feet, What do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”- Frida Kahlo, Mexican Painter (1907-1954). Folk-Art, as it is, has major influence upon the modern painter (post-modern painter) who is also a backpacker, a traveller and a tourist in her own city. And this city is now a big city as it embraces the culture of continents, this city is the world city beyond the walls of the mind, language and culture.  Only art can bring out, the justification for existence, it can do so freely like music or poetry. What struck me so sublime, is that most of Katia’s paintings are based on the life of common-folk but seen with an eye of an anthropologist/poet and the colours are bright and breathing. They are no more violent and bold like Frieda Kahlo’s folk-myths but more simple, direct and peasant-like. Interestingly, when she paints Indian myths from the Krishna fable, she keeps the essential iconography intact but the new perspective of colours render a freshness of the season to the canvas.
Take a look and judge for yourself.

– Joy Roy Choudhury, ArtCritic, Writer, Communication Consultant & Art Lover


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