Mrs Libuse Babakova has Czechoslovak origins but she is living in Italy for over thirty years.
She has, with success, developed her artistic formation in arts and musical colleges and university of her origin country, where she took a degree in History and Musicology at the Purkyne University in Brno, her hometown.
Over the years she has shifted her interest to visual art, focusing on figurative painting , that she realizes with oil and acrylic technique, and on glass.
During her stay in Italy she has enlarged her art with new techniques and experiences, so she has quitted the figurative period to more actual languages, set in the area of contemporaneous expressivity.
Her recent works could find reference, as starting point, to the current “Action Painting”, but Mrs Babakova uses personal and original chromatic elaborations and spatial geometrical shapes, giving her the merit of being defined a painter in progressive evolution, culturally prepared and worthy of attention.
From 2014 she is a member of artistic association “L’ANTICA COMPAGNIA DEL PAIOLO” (which has its historical origin in 1512, supported by Vasari) and the artistic circle “CASA DI DANTE”.
In December 2014 in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence it was conferred the FIORINO D’ARGENTO to her (XXXII Florence prize).
In June 2016 in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, has been consigned her the award “Collare Laurenziano” by Medici Accademy.
Her paintings have been exhibited in art exhibitions in Czech Republic, Austria, Holland, England, Germany, Croatia
“Libuse Babakova comes from Brno in Czech Republic but by the time naturalized in Florence, expresses his Tuscan character recovering an interior creative process which this region has facilitated if not speeded up by winning her internal resistance and understandable shyness. Libuse was born as musician, that can easily happen to those who claim his birthplace close to Austerlitz.
Whether music is the harmony of soul, painting becomes the visual expression which just needs a state reasons: in the artistic field is called inspiration.
She arrives in the 80s in Scarperia, the land of blades and knives, away from the violins’ harmony and the symphonies of the Europe Mittle’s theaters. But Mugello was of course the land of Giotto and Fra Angelico: the soft and tidy hills of the Tuscany country look like the waves of a green sea and invite you to try your hand at painting.
Libuse falls in love with a landscape that does not belong to her but which she felt inside before she even knew it; This is the time when the temptation of painting overcomes. Paintings of Country houses ordered in their simplicity comes out, without knowing it, with Ottone Rosai’s style with the peculiarity of his enigmas, represented by darkened windows, steeples, towers, landscapes at sunset peaceful days that ends with the certainty that sun will come back the following day. Libuse’s paintings don’t forget her Moravian past: the golden domes that have accompanied her childhood and adolescence, all surrounded by a soft light that quietly enlightens, without emphasizing canvas. Sketches are very small, pieces of a larger mosaic which tells emotions of life.
From Scarperia she moves to Florence, where, along with a lazy slowdown in painting starts, let’s say an experimental work on glass and cloth. As Euterpe, muse of music, wakes up and raises the Harlequin, harmony of shapes and color, so does Libuse after a few years by the rebirth of her creativity on canvas. In Libuse’s latest works, chaos and order are intertwined like the notes of her childhood, causing dances, virtuosities and intrusions of heart and soul, whose sight will not leave indifferent. In each of these paintings emerge peaceful moods The artist has the gift to give to other people’s eyes a positive and joyful moment of contemplation in balance with desired emotion which are not completely lost.”
Luciano Martelli – Martina Baglioni