Why Not Paint the World?


“Art is the child of imagination and gives life.”  Mirka Mora (1928-2018)

 

Mirka in Melbourne VIA and Mirka with painted sweater VIA

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

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 Raiko’s Painted Walls

Polina Raïko  (1928-2004) via The Ivan Honchar Folk Art Museum

 

Maude Lewis

Maude Lewis (1903-1970) via Home Is Where The Art Is foto by Steve Farmer

 

Anezka Kasparkova

Anežka Kašpárková via Street Artist is a 91 Year Old Czech Granny

 

mithila painting
Mithila Painting via Mithila Painting: It has faced disasters

 

Bonaria Manca

Bonaria Carmela Manca (born 1925) via BONARIA MANCA AND DESTINY

 

Enni Id

Enni Id (1900-1992) via Enni Id’s Cabin 

 

Ndebele Painted House

Ndebele House via The Painted Houses of Ndebeles

 

Bojo House

The painted Mandé village via FESTIVAL BOGO JA

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Related:  Old Women Who Paint On Their Walls + BONARIA MANCA , Biennale Arte Viterbo video in Italian + How Polish Women Reclaimed Folk Art by Giving It an Urban Twist + Bonaria Manca Website  +  After viewing Philippe Mora’s film Monsieur Mayonnaise (2016) + Diaries, petticoats and copious research: a rare glimpse into Mirka Mora’s artistic process + About Art: The treasures of Maud Lewis + MIrka Mora’s life in pictures + The Polish village of Zalipie where the women paint their houses + Mirka Mora x Gorman

As it often happens on internet, images are posted without the name of the photographer.  My apologies in advanced to the photographers. The images I’ve used, though, have at least been linked to the site they came from.

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4 Responses to Why Not Paint the World?

  1. Doll says:

    Great to read this and glad that you have included Maude Lewis. She’s the one I mentioned to you and want you to see the film. xxxx

    From: the photogenic lifestyle of cynthia korzekwa Reply-To: the photogenic lifestyle of cynthia korzekwa Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018 at 8:00 PM To: Lyn Shakespeare Subject: [New post] Why Not Paint the World?

    WordPress.com Art for Housewives posted: ““Art is the child of imagination and gives life.” Mirka Mora (1928-2018) Mirka in Melbourne VIA and Mirka with painted sweater VIA Mirka Zelik Mora (1928-2018) recently died. Born in France, in 1942 Mirka, along with other Jewish family members, lived”

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for the post!

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