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Katerina Husar Lazarova


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March 2024

July 2022

August 2021

San Diego Community College District - News Center.

PATH alumni exercise their expertise in the Arts and Humanities

March 2020

SD Voyager - Online magazine

Meet Katerina Husar Lazarova

A Bit About Me

I grew up in the Czech Republic, where I studied graphic design and art therapy. I explored different styles, from detailed acrylic and oil paintings of flowers to depictions of girl's faces. After I moved to the US in 2018, I started to attend Mesa College, and in 2021, I completed my studies with an Associate of Arts degree. In 2021 I transferred to UCSD as an undergraduate student in Studio Arts. During my studies, I tried to get more into the art scene in San Diego, where I, for instance, participated in Art Walks in Little Italy or Liberty Station, and also in Laguna Beach. In 2023 I graduated from UCSD, and in the same year, I got a studio in Arts District Liberty Sation. I'm a board member of The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild. Magazine SD Voyager published an interview with me in 2020, and another magazine, Canvas Rebel, wrote about me in 2022.


Connection with My Spirit

In my painting, use acrylic as a quick-drying medium that allows me to quickly and spontaneously create many colored layers on the background. In the next step, I calm down and focus on the final subject using ink pen drawings for fine details. Earlier inspirations for objects captured by ink were animals as symbols for patterns of behavior and figures as the embodiment of the inner secret sensitive, idealistic female site.

During the pandemic, I spent most of my time at home. My connection to the outside world became only occasional, and this solitude strengthened my bond with my inner world. My daily experience was mostly limited to the images inside my head. When I finally rejoined the outside world and engaged with social life, these images were suppressed and slowly vanished.

However, this internal link became so important that the reconnection with the outside world and the endeavor to escape from solitude soon turned into an effort to experience this internal liaison again. Whenever I had the opportunity, I sat down with my sketchbook. I allowed my hands to walk freely on the paper, hoping that, in this way, I would be able to reunite with my inner self. Pictures began to emerge from these automatic lines inspired by a surrealistic technique called automatic drawing.

These automatic drawings became the basis for the newest series of paintings. In this spontaneous process of art-making, conscious control is suppressed, and the images become letters from my unconscious mind that I can read when finished. These letters don't have clear messages, but they have a secret that forces me to return to the completed paintings and read them repeatedly.

An essential part of my work are colors. This interest stems from the study of art therapy with its examination of colors and their influence on the human psyche. They are important for my work because they evoke an emotional response in the viewer and can thus become complex carriers of subliminal information. Furthermore, they help to bring to the surface the answers to questions the viewers are currently dealing with.


June 2023

Studio Arts
studying towards Bachelor of Arts degree

May 2021

Studio Arts for Transfer
successfully completed with Associate of Arts Degree

September 2016

Expressive Therapy with Focus on Art Therapy
successfully completed with certificate

June 2001

Social Works
successfully completed with high school diploma

June 1999

Graphic Design
successfully completed with vocational certificate


April 2024

ArtWalk Little Italy

March 2024

Group Exhibition Asto Gallery

November 2023

(What Is) Belonging Show, You Belong Here - creative coworking community space

November 2023

Last Group Show, Bread & Salt gallery

June 2023

Honor Class group exhibition in Adam D. Kamil Gallery - UCSD

May 2023

Coronado Art & Wine Festival

April 2023

Mission Fed ArtWalk Little Italy

February 2023

Adam D. Kamil Gallery - UCSD

May 2022

Coronado Art & Wine Festival

May 2022

Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy, San Diego, California

April 2022

Campus Creatives 2022, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, California

October 2021

Group Art Show Re-emergence, Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, California

October 2021

Mission Fed ArtWalk in Little Italy, San Diego, California

August 2021

Mission Fed ArtWalk Liberty station, San Diego, California

June 2020

Online art exhibition "Small Works - BIG TALENT", Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

May 2020

Group Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

Spring 2020

Online art exhibition "Created in isolation" on and awarded to special recognition for picture Spiral of Life

March 2020

Online art exhibition on and awarded to Honorable mention for picture MEAT

June 2019

Dana Point ArtFest, Dana Point, California

May 2019

Online animals art exhibition on and awarded to special merit for picture WILD

March 2019

Group Show, Ashton Gallery, San Diego, California

March 2019

Art Walk, Laguna Beach, California

February 2018

Cafe Quido, Brno, Czech Republic

September 2017

Cafe Quido, Brno, Czech Republic a joint exhibition with my students in support of cat shelter Cat Oasis Husovice

September 2016

Studio “Pohyblivý svátek”, Brno, Czech Republic

August 2016

Cafe Academia, Brno, Czech Republic

January 2015

Astoria Cafe, AZ Tower, Brno, Czech Republic

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