“Art is the child of imagination and gives life.” Mirka Mora (1928-2018)
Mirka Zelik Mora (1928-2018) recently died. Born in France, in 1942 Mirka, along with other Jewish family members, lived in the forest to avoid arrest and deportation. Soon after the war, she married Georges Mora and the two migrated to Australia. They settled in Melbourne where George became an art dealer and Mirka began painting. They also opened the Mirka Café. Known for her joie de vivre, Mirka not only painted on canvas, she painted on walls as well.
Mirka Mora in front of her Flinders St Railway station mural. The restored mural was first opened in 1986. Foto by Penny Stephens.
But Mirka was not the only woman who felt the need to fill her world with color:
Polina Raïko (1928-2004) via The Ivan Honchar Folk Art Museum
Maude Lewis (1903-1970) via Home Is Where The Art Is foto by Steve Farmer
Anežka Kašpárková via Street Artist is a 91 Year Old Czech Granny
Mithila Painting via Mithila Painting: It has faced disasters
Bonaria Carmela Manca (born 1925) via BONARIA MANCA AND DESTINY
Enni Id (1900-1992) via Enni Id’s Cabin
The painted Mandé village via FESTIVAL BOGO JA