Born in Prague in 1957, Andrew Valko moved to Canada in 1968 and has been producing art to critical acclaim since completing his diploma in Graphic Design at Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Using printmaking techniques he picked up when studying with master printmaker Toshi Yoshida in Japan, he paints using acrylics on wood. Carving into the wood to create a texture which catches light, his realist paintings are incredibly life-like and accurate that you almost need to do a double take.
Exploring contemporary culture, his series of paintings have focused on swimming pools, motels and the female form, all with a slightly sad and moody feel.
We love Valko’s At the Drive-In series. Featuring stills from films shown at the classic American drive-in, the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn take up the big screens to full and empty audiences. With his realistic and detailed technique, the paintings capture a moment in time, creating nostalgia and taking the viewer back to the heyday of this American institution.
Take a look at the full series on Andrew Valko’s website >>
Words by Angharad Jones