Renata Retrova

Renata Retrova

Chocerady, EU, Czech Republic

About Renata Retrova

I grew up in the Czech Republic under communism, and, as a young adult, when the time came for a career discussion, the options weren't many. Conservative was safe. I told my parents I wanted to be a landscape gardener or an artist. My Mum and Dad sent me off to hair dressing school.
After I did my apprenticeship, I left the country and I traveled the world working as a fashion model.
I moved back home about ten years ago, bought an old house in the country.
Generally, my paintings are heavily structured - I will work on the same canvas many times over, until I am satisfied with the result.
I love to paint blurry, slightly ethereal landscapes. My art is soothing and gentle, not confrontational.
I often work in large scale, mostly oil on canvas.
I live in an old house in the countryside. My studio looks out over the meandering Sasava River.
My influences include Jenny Saville, Odd Nedrum and the Old Masters - Turner, Pissaro and the Czech artist, Radimski.
I have been one of the best selling artists at Art Prague for the past four years, and my paintings hang in private collections in the US, the Czech Republic, UK, Australia, Singapore, Dubai and South Africa.