David Kontra

David Kontra

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  Artist: David Kontra
 Live in: Hartville, MO, United States
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David Kontra Artist Bio:

Enter a world through another's eyes. A world not of distinct images, but of shadowy inhabitants... hints of colors, shapes and textures which can change at any time into something else. A world captured by an artist who paints what he sees, but barely sees what he paints. Diagnosed with a rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa at the age of nine, Kontra began drawing shortly afterwards as a way to escape depression. He is a self taught artist and relies on his memory and imagination in order to create his work. Using only his left eye, he must fight through the obstacles of severe tunnel vision, blind spots, blurred vision and nystagmus (involuntary eye movements). When he paints, his field of view on the canvas is less than ¼ of an inch. In essence, it's like looking at the world through a straw. Some call his art "outsider" since he is self taught, but others call him an expressionist due to the strong feelings and emotions depicted in some of his paintings. His subject matter includes portraits, architectural design, landscapes, abstracts and political art. Kontra's work has been shown in group art exhibits at various art galleries and rehabilitation institutes around the U.S., and his solo art exhibits have included Cleveland Ohio, Oceanside California, Philadelphia Pa. and at the University of Georgia. "Insolence and ignorance shown by others can be the best fuel for fierce determination." D. Kontra "I open my mind allowing my memory and imagination to cut through the blindness in order to create the visions that I see." D. Kontra