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Interview : Dan Civa
Artabus : Welcome and thank you for this interview. Could you tell us how did you start ?
Dan Civa : In the summer 1988, four years after settlement with my family in Sri Lanka, and returning back to Denmark, I wanted something special event to happen for me in Danish art life. In a great House of Culture, in a big city in the the county of my birthplace in Southern part of Denmark, I got the permission to realize a self-build Zoo-cage studio in some large rooms. After 3 months of preparing work, I could open the doors for the arrangement called "Art Studio Project" with me as organizer, exhibitor and player. Dayly, public contemplation, with many visitors, wondering through the bars when I worked with my paintings, made this arrangement very popular. The project should end after 3 months, from October until November 1988, but run until January 1989. In my Zoo-cage studio I prepared a motif-serie of large canvasses with especially endangered species and selfportraits melted together.
Artabus : How did you get the idea to paint human animals, who are your masters ?
Dan Civa : The idea with selfportraits in animals comes from my deep interest in science and research, which lead to competent contacts in more countries. By research-minded promting the paintings gradually turned into such character they have today.
Dan Civa : Oil paintings and drawings, in realistic style, are reflecting portrait examples of transgenetic manipulation with human beings and animals. Probably a hypothetical, imaginary development of today but a foreseeable realistic possibility of tomorrow. These art works are all, more or less, influenced from genetic reseach, but I try at the same time to go some steps further into a still unpredictable future perspective. A well-informed acknowledment of consciousness by possible things' continuation and repression of the impossible matters in life. At the same time, my mission with such paintings is a warning signal of anziety for power structure of the human race. When human, somehow, want to play God, the risk could be fatal for our existence.
Transgenetic manipulation separately with human beings and with animals, and with man & animal, with plants etc, were earlier just "a whim in the course of nature". Today and in the future these evolution-wishes can be realized genetically.
Artabus : What are you looking for in exhibitions ?
Dan Civa : I'm in a period of some few years where I don't arrange solo exhibitions in public galleries, because of the very high expenses by this. Often I arrange internal exhibitions in Art Associations by large company's, mostly with my colourful paintings from Africa, Sri Lanka and Denmark. I have in mind to arrange a very comprehensive exhibition, probably in some Art House or in a museum somewhere (maybe abroad, maybe in France, who knows..) in about two years, with most of my human animals art works and several new works. Each of these artworks take long time to create. My demand to myself is always to make the human animals as realistic as possible and in a high grade of perfection and quality.
Artabus : You are now quite famous in the art community, how do you manage it ?
Dan Civa : I don't have much contact with other artists in Danish art life anymore, because I don't like the art mentality here, and because I like to stay for long periods of time in Far East countries, where I have many friends, and where I often prepare new art works for finishing in Denmark. I love the tropics which is the best for my health. Often I go to art exhibitions, in this country and wherever I stay in other countries around the World. I would welcome an opportunity to arrange a solo exhibition in France.
Artabus : Your biograhy in short ?
Dan Civa : From late sixties up to late seventies: Fantasy figure-motifs in warm glowing colours with acrylic on canvas, influenced from travels in warm countries like The Far East, Africa and countries in Southern Europe. Marriage in Sri Lanka 1976. Continuing through the mideigties: newrealistic paintings juxtaposing fragments from machines, scrap, buildings and more. Dèbut at the Autumn Exhibition 1979, Den Frie (Art House), Copenhagen, Denmark. Continued working with realistic motifs of people, animals, landscapes, portraits and other subjects, still influenced by experiences tropical countries, now also Sri Lanka. Temperamental periods of paintings with inspiration from nature, in abstract colorful style.
Dan Civa : From 1988: as mentioned earlier - "Art Studio Project" and human animals and more.
I participated in art community late, when I was 39 years old. I had a period in an Academic Art School, but I like to call myself self-taugth as a pictorial artist.
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