Artist Ksenija Puskaric

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Ksenija Puskaric (Xenia) was born in Paris in 1979, but has lived for much of her life in Croatia. She earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Central European University in Budapest.  Moving to the United States in 2011 was crucial for her “conversion” to art. Although largely self-taught, Ksenija has taken painting courses at Saint Louis and Seton Hall Universities from 2012 to 2015. She currently resides in New York City area, where she is working on oil paintings, pastels and iconography.  Exhibition and awardsWalsh Gallery Exhibition 2019South Orange, NJ"Aletheia" - solo exhibition, 2016Watchung Arts Center, Watchung NJ“Annual Friendship Show 2016”  1978 Arts Center, Maplewood NJ
“State of the Art 2016”
Academy Square Galleries, Montclair NJ

"Paint your pain" 2016
Bouras Art Gallery, Summit, NJ
“Annual Friendship Show 2015”  1978 Arts Center, Maplewood NJ"33May" juried exhibition 2014Old Orchard GallerySt. Louis, MOArtSlant Award: 2nd 2015 Showcase Winner in the Abstract Category

Artist statement

Moving to the U.S. in 2011 was a big change for me because I had to face the challenge of adjusting to the new culture and cope with loneliness.  A need to express myself was born in somewhat desolate circumstances of life, and this interior place of silence continues to be the place from which art my art speaks.
Although I am philosopher by education, my “conversion” to art continues to be a search for truth. As Merleau-Ponty  says “[t]rue philosophy consists of re-learning to look at the world”.
Tensions between my past and present life, serenity and discord, became the moving forces expressed in my art. I paint because “something in me wants to become”. My ultimate freedom as an artist consists in obedience to this process of becoming. For me art synthesizes a paradox that I cannot understand, and yet I live it fully.
I use oil painting as a medium because of its fluidity [...]

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