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inzy Kokoska’s art involves expressionism, ‘decorativism’, symbolism and secession; and a range of abstract or non-figurative scenarios depicted with the use of natural elements and emotions. It’s where “colour supersedes the natural colour of objects, making things look dreamlike. Natural elements aren’t copied, nor interpreted, but, really, created and transformed into concepts that reveal the patterns of life,” Linzy says. She invites her audience to take a fresh look at everyday things that according to her, we sometimes overlook: “I feel that my art expresses things in life such as details of simple things. It demonstrates that anything is possible, and everything big or small holds great beauty. Creativity and imagination can take you anywhere and that dreams can be interpreted visually.” Some of the images are apt symbols of the digitalised universe we all now live in. The lines shown depict a ‘crazy’ quilt of wires connecting servers in secret locations of the worldwide web. Linzy’s art addresses various themes; with the materials used varying according to how she feels: “Sometimes I use traditional methods, such as oil paints, watercolour, ink, collage and so on. I also do a lot of digital art and photomontage work in Photoshop and Illustrator. Whatever my mood is, I go for it.” Seeing the images, you almost feel like you want to reach in and touch the art works - which if you do, can be a surprisingly moving experience, an unexpected journey into the world of art. The more you experience Linzy’s works - a happy jumble of metaphorical perfection, the more it will cover everything around you, like a swirling image from life itself, then later embedded deep into your dreams. She is fascinated by the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt, Saul Steinberg, Jackson Pollock, JeanMichel Basquiat, Vincent Van Gogh,

Fascinated by the various elements that connect the dots of life, artist Linzy Kokoska’s works are simultaneously sweet and subversive, making ordinary things special.
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her parents’ and grandparents’ stories about their travels, as well as her multicultural origin. She says she has a lot to thank her family for. “I was brought up to be open to new experiences, to different people and cultures, to learn and understand as much as I could about the world and the people in it. I always knew that I would travel a lot in my life, and in each country I’ve lived in, I have grown more as a person and as an “Natural elements aren’t copied, artist. If I didn’t travel, I’m not sure who I would nor interpreted, but, really, created and transformed into concepts that have become. I don’t want to know.” reveal the patterns of life.” Linzy did not chart the traditional route of taking up a degree in Fine Arts, but instead went a lot of similar traits in my work and feel on to obtain a Bachelor of Commerce in that his influence has helped me to grow Advertising. Whilst at university, she took not only as an artist, but as a designer. art classes with a private art teacher at a Lastly, I love the work of Saul Steinberg; local art institute during her free time. he is one of the reasons why I became After leaving university, Linzy pursued interested in illustration and design.” learning about art around the world with This 31-year-old artist, who’s also a different artists - from traditional Korean freelance graphic designer and teacher, art, abstract art in Bali and Thailand; was born on Cape Breton, in Nova Scotia, and in Europe, studying with artists in Canada - where exploring was a big Germany, Denmark and Holland. pastime for her. The travel bug eventually In 2007 she was back in Canada bit her which stemmed from listening to studying at the Toronto School of Art, where she began exploring oil and water painting, collage and mixed media. Linzy later participated in several exhibits, shows and competitions in Copenhagen; Muscat, Oman; Singapore; Los Angeles, California; Seoul, South Korea and Canada. Commission work also takes up some of her time. Her last projects included one in Canada where an Indie rock band Pablo Picasso and Oscar Kokoschka. “I think I am most influenced by the first three of these artists. Like Kandinsky, I’m influenced by philosophy and the spiritual aspect of art. I first saw a Kandinsky piece in the Chicago Museum of Art at the age of 19, and have never responded or felt a connection to an artist’s work, as I do to his works. Klimt is a decorativist and symbolist and I see

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used her art for their compilation; and a fellow artist in the US who asked her to create a flower themed-abstract painting for his wife. “When other artists appreciate your work enough to want to have a piece, it gives me a sense of purpose, a feeling that I have achieved something,” expressed Linzy. “When I was 18 I realised that art was a big part of who I was. There was this one painting that I made, that gave me a strong drive to create more. I look back at that one painting and I’m so grateful for that moment. That’s when I considered myself an artist,” she says. This isn’t at all surprising as Linzy comes from an artistic background. On her mother’s side of the family - her grandfather was a painter and her aunt an interior designer. Her mother is a watercolourist and sister Amy is also an artist. Her father’s family comes from Eastern Europe, and are distant relatives of the late Austrian-born painter of expressionist portraits and landscapes, Oskar Kokoscka. To further her craft, Linzy is currently finishing her Master’s degree in graphic design and digital art via correspondence from a private institute in New York. Recently married to Moroccan professional football player Jamal Brarou, Linzy says life is good. She’s eyeing a few projects in Italy, as well as expanding her network in the island by

“Never be less than who you are. Always strive to be a better person.”
staging some exhibits locally. Linzy is also interested in collaborating with other artists and possibly fashion designers, to work on making printed textiles and creating a collection. Does she ever tire of making art? Linzy replies that: “There is something inside of me that I cannot truly explain but this thing pushes me to keep creating, to go beyond my current abilities and to produce images that, on one hand, create a technical impact, a new method of creation, and on the other hand, images that speak words and can translate emotions. I’m also motivated by the people who enjoy the work that I do. They understand my work and appreciate it. I find that very rewarding and want to be able to give more and to tell a story through my work.” Linzy dreams of one day having her very own art studio - where she can design and work on her art endlessly. “I have a dream of having my patterns and designs featured on handbags and textiles, to create a brand of sorts. But ultimately, I just want to be happy and successful, Linzy says. Apart from art, you’ll find her spending time on the beach and practising yoga, which she loved doing so much that ten years ago she became a yoga and pilates teacher. “Anything that involves movement like dance and fitness, I cannot live without.” Her guiding principle in life? “Never be less than who you are. Always strive to be a better person.”
You can contact the artist via email: linzy.kokoska@gmail.com

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