About Sabina Šinko
I was born in Maribor and live in Lendava, Slovenia. After studying art and art education, I work artistically as a painter and costume, set and puppet designer.
I exhibited and created visually many theater performances, especially for Puppet Theaters in Slovenia and abroad.
In Lendava I set up the Pupilla Puppet Theater, which is creating performaces successfully for more than 20 years In addition to my artistic creation, I am Associate Professor for Visual Art, Set and Puppet Design at University of Maribor. In 2010, I received the University of Ljubljana Award for important artistic works.
My artistic work as a painter is focused mainly on painting watercolor, ink and acrylic techniques on canvas, paper and silk. I use traditional Chinese ink and watercolor overlays several times, while maintaining each coat to achieve airness and freshness. I like to work in uncontrolled, free-flowing way. Creativity is for me a play between control and freedom where subjects display their feelings, moods and emotions.
My research topics are relationships between reality and fantasy, mass, popular culture and intimacy. In the last period the world phenomena such as migration of humans and animals, ecological disasters, pollution, the human ignorance touches me very much. In connection with this I find myself in Surrealism, and figurative art with abstract effects. I like to combine elements from different sources within a single painting, influenced by my observations of peoples daily interactions with nature.