Voka, born 1965, lives and works in the Lower Austrian town of Puchberg am Schneeberg. He coined the term "Spontaneous Realism" as a trademark for his art. Voka defines this style as a revival of the significance of contemporary art, a valued tradition in a new era, with a new interpretation reflecting today´s spirit of the time. His distinctive style, emerging from the dynamic of the moment, enables him to strikingly capture immediate reality while the observer is able to palpably feel the imbedded movement. His ability to create one of his paintings in a short space of time and with great dynamic, he explained in a very simple way ´I have dealt with painting for a very, very long time in a very slowly and intensively way.`
The basis of his artistic creations is rooted in a decade-long altercation with the art of realism. As a youngster he was already dealing very intensely with oil-painting. Back then he would often work on a painting for several weeks. He researched the technique of the old masters and appropriated them into his own intensive self-study. It was his first contact with watercolour that made him realise that working quickly - which he was almost forced to do when working outside as the colours dry so quickly - could give his stroke more momentum and therefore enormous dynamic. With the discovery of acrylic he was able to allow his solid basic knowledge of, not only the meticulousness and `heavy`art of oil painting but also the `light`and rapid technique of watercolour painting, to flow together to discover and develop his own style of Spontaneous Realism.
If you look in a dictionary for the word spontaneous you will find definitions like, "rising from a momentary impulse without conscious reflection", or, "not apparently contrived or anipulated: natural" or "often surprising for the surrounding environment". Looking at Voka's paintings from this vantage point, makes this newly created expression a more than meaningful description of his work. If one has the opportunity or chance to watch the painter while he is in the act of creating his work, and see – or better, experience – the immediacy, vigor and enthusiasm with which Voka creates his paintings, then this simple expression, spontaneous realism, conveys a defining emotion. And this is exactly the moment where his art begins. Voka's inspirations are the everyday events of daily life, the seemingly hidden, though omnipresent.
"The motif is not the deciding factor for me, but rather my motivation behind it." He tries to capture with his paintings, snapshot-like, the things that touch him, whatever the reason for it might be. A small digital camera is his constant companion. Often he presses the shutter indiscriminately, without even looking through the view-finder or focusing on a particular point. These snapshots serve as a memory aid, as a kind of inspiration, not as a template. During the act of painting he remembers a particular situation. What exactly was it that stirred his senses? An intriguing sound? A certain scent? The basis of Voka's artistic abilities is rooted in his longstanding creative challenge with the art of realism. This intimate knowledge combined with his technical skills and artistic talent enables him to react spontaneously to the unforeseen. Only those who know the entirety can reduce it to the essence. His creative process is not the painting of pictures but rather the forming of colors. It is for Voka like a walk through memory lane, wherein he modifies his memories, intensifies them and arranges them anew until they transform into something concrete. This could be rays of light, a group of people or an inspiring color accent in a specific location. Everything else serves only as a frame that helps accentuate the main theme. Another important element in Voka's paintings is time. Voka's hands are dancing so fast over the canvas that it almost seems like he puts himself under pressure. An imaginary race begins in which the thought competes with the actual act of painting. It is an interplay in which the idea is just a breath ahead of the brush stroke. "Every painting is an impulsive challenge that starts with a first idea and ends with the final brush stroke, and each brush stroke decides over victory or defeat." What attracts Voka is the depiction of the unforeseen. He calls it also a dialogue with colors where pure chance always has a right to answer, too. "If I knew in advance how the finished painting would look, it would be too boring to paint it in the first place."
I like the colourful and dynamic paintings of Voka. He is one of the few artists who can portray not only movement and power but also emotion and enthusiasm.
No other artist is able to capture a 'moment in time' of sport highlights on canvas like Voka. I am delighted that Voka supports the Franz Beckenbauer-Foundation with his paintings.
Voka's realistic style of painting with its intensely colourful and vibrant subject matter reflects today's life in its entirety from the hustle and bustle of both cities to the calmness of leisure time and every day living. The artist is able to create positive emotions through his paintings.
Mag. Peter Bogner
Director of the
Voka is a remarkably powerful and energetic artist. His special kind of "spontaneous realism" includes a driving element that is almost musical. This is because he allows the brush to dance - completely without pretense - on an open stage, so that it turns backwards somersaults and truly grooves; he actually succeeds in making his images vibrate, even stirring up the traditionalists. He continues unerringly with his work, which means translating cityscapes and portraits into a firework display of emotions and colour tones. This kind of tradition-bound expressionism stimulates the synapses and triggers feelings of nostalgia for the great era of classical modernism - until we unexpectedly come across a subjective turn in the composition. He uses it to catapult us back, lost in multi-coloured dreaming, into the present day.
Director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin
Realist is someone for whom figurativism is the vocabulary of the artistic message. Improvisation is generally the most challenging part of art, which is why there are no jazz child prodigies for example. Improvisation requires maturity and experience. Voka has made some stop along his way as an artist, such as Fantastic Realism and Photo Realism, until he has found his own contemporary art style, Spontaneaous Realism. I cannot deny that, for me, Voka is an outstanding phenomenom of a new era, which is giving me hope.
Univ. Prof. Dr. Bernd Lötsch
- Novomaticforum - 2013
- Gallery Zweymüller, Baden - 2012
- Moskau - 2012
- PGA British Open in Sandwich - 2011
- Künstlerhaus / House of Artists - Vienna - 2010
- Art House Rust / Austria - 2009
- Gallery Voka - Leute People - 2009
- Tennis - Mercedes Cup / Stuttgart - 2009
- Chateâu Seigneurial de Villemoble / Paris / FRA/ - 2009
- ECO - Art, Palais Niederösterreich - 2009
- Gallery Berelle / Fishers Island / NY / USA / - 2008
- Austrian Golf Open - 2007
- ART House Leobersdorf / Austria - 2007
- Gallery Pallauf / Austria - 2007
- Biennale Austria - 2006
- Gauermann Museum - 2006
- Academy Bad Reichenhall / Germany / since 2006
- Academy Stift Geras / Waldviertel / Austria / since 2005
- Spontanrealismus - Werte. Wirkung. Wirklichkeit 2013, book
- Spontanrealismus - Menschen, 2011, book
- Spontanrealismus - Acrylic, 2011, book
- Heads 2011, catalog
- Moskau - Wien, 2010, catalog
- Spontanrealismus in Acryl, 2010, book
- Lust, 2009, catalog
- Golf Art, 2007, catalog
- Spontanrealismus, 2007, catalog
- Art Voka, 2006, catalog
- Art Voka, 2005, book