Erika Farkas is a self-taught artitst born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada since the late 1980s. Moving to Canada at a time when hi-tech was booming drove her to pursue a technical training, from which she graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. A career in Information Technology and raising a child as a single mom left her with little room for artistic endeavours.
Her eye-opening moment was at the age of 50 when she realized life was too short to let her dreams expire. So, she picked up a pencil and started drawing. She began exhibiting her figurative pencil drawings a year later and has won several awards with her realistic portraits in juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online.
In 2017, she attended a week-long intensive workshop in Germany with the renowned German hyper-realist artist Dirk Dzimirsky, learning advanced techniques of achieving a high level of realism in pencil portrait drawing, techniques she continues to apply to her artworks. In following years, she took an interest in mixed media and acrylic painting, including pastels and oils because they appealed to her love of colour and gave her the ability to be more versatile and more balanced as an artist.
Erika is currently an active member of several art organizations in Ottawa. She participates in various juried and unjuried shows and other artistic events in Ottawa and online. She exhibits throughout the year in selected Ottawa community and commercial galleries. Her works, including a great number of commissioned portraits, can be found in private collections throughout North America and Europe.
Visit her artist website at erikafarkas.com