Vinko uses a variety of wacky mixed media on canvas or wood, like bark, metal, glass, sand, gesso, stones, paper, leather, glue to create his textured Artwork.
He uses only black and white colours for his Artworks.
Inspired by Yin and Yang Ancient Chinese Philosophy
Yin and Yang is a concept of dualism, describing how obviously opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. In Chinese cosmology, the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy, organised into the cycles of Yin and Yang and formed into objects and lives. Yin is the receptive and Yang the active principle, seen in all forms of change and difference such as the annual cycle (winter and summer), the landscape (north-facing shade and south-facing brightness), sexual coupling (female and male), the formation of both men and women as characters and sociopolitical history (disorder and order).
is also power, fear, mystery, strength, authority, elegance, formality, death, evil, aggression, authority, rebellion.
is also purity, innocence, goodness, heaven, safety, brilliance… understanding, faith, spirituality, possibility, sincerity…
is “The Master Healer” symbol of purity of the spiritual aspect of “All That Is”
Gold is also a symbol of spirituality and development in the realm of complete understanding, allowing one to both attain and maintain communion with the source of all being. It is an excellent mineral for purification of the physical body and helps lessening the traumas. Gold has been used in the development, purification, and balancing of the heart chakra and for the amplification of thought-forms.
(Vinko is using 24 Carat Gold leaf on most of his Artworks)
The Unparalleled Craftsmanship of Kanazawa Gold Leaf
The traditional production of Japanese gold leaf, called kinpaku, has a long history in this beautifully preserved city. But what is gold leaf made of, and how did it become a part of the city’s artistic legacy? The answer dates back to the 16th century. In 1593, Lord Toshiie Maeda ordered the Kaga domain, the site of the present-day Kanazawa, to produce gold and silver leaf— a long and arduous process that requires the repeated pounding of metals into impossibly thin sheets.
Vinko collecting bark for his Art
(Vinko only use bark from a dead tree. Peeling bark from a living tree removes its circulatory system and will kill the tree. Some trees shed their outer bark, which can be thought of as the epidermis of the tree. Closely attached to the bark is the phloem, which carries food throughout the tree. If this is removed, the tree will starve and die).
Vinko selecting the right texture of the bark for his Art
Preparing bark for painting and adding gold as a ‘healer’ at the end
Vinko in his atelier/studio
Vinko’s Art on the wall
Vinko often creates Artwork with bark because of the symbolic meaning of trees. In mythologies, legends and novels trees are used to represent life and growth. Trees are also considered representative of wisdom, power and prosperity.