Hi, my name is Vinko and I am an artist based in London, UK.
I fell in love with drawing at a very early age. My first drawings during my Primary school days were influenced mostly by vivid imagination, comic books and cartoons. When I was sixteen cartoony and colourful Naïve Art attracted my attention and admiration and I started to paint in that style. Next year I’ve sold my first painting which was in a way a start of my career as an Artist. I’ve started to exhibit my paintings in Art galleries across Italy: Milan, Rome, Torino, Venezia, Udine, Trieste, Como etc. and later in Austria, Germany, Switzerland etc.
I have studied Fine Art and Multimedia. Also Digital Compositing for Films/Videos in London ‘Escape Studios’ and in Belfast’s ‘Queen University’ Creative Studies.
I have lived in N. Ireland twenty three years. Met many fantastic people and made some great new friends. One of them I have a privilege to call a friend was Tommy Sands. Tommy is internationally renowned singer/songwriter and peace activist. He spent his life using music to spread hope, healing and inspiration as well as entertainment.
In 1996 he wrote “The Music of Healing” a plea for understanding, for love and for peace (in Ireland/N. Ireland, Yugoslavia and other conflict zones in the world) with some words from his friend Pete Seeger.
In 1991 the bloodiest interethnic conflict in Europe since World War II started in Yugoslavia. I found refuge from persecution and senseless killings in Northern Ireland. There I met Tommy. He was very sympathetic and compassionate so we quickly found common grounds as peacemakers and artists. We worked together over the years on number of peace projects. His ‘The Music Of Healing’ inspired the title of my painting ‘The Art of Healing’ (pic above).
Few years later I have discovered Kintsugi the ancient Japanese art of mending broken pottery pieces back together with gold. Like the golden lines running through kintsugi, our broken lives can be mended and healed. This incredible strong metaphor for healing and recovery from adversity reminded me on my painting ‘The Art Of Healing’. Kintsugi inspired my creative ideas on how symbolically in an art form depict pain and healing.