Interview With Gabby Untermayerova
Gabby Untermayerova is an epic painter in both genre and traditional form. She can make crazy looking detailed zombie paintings as well as paintings of beautiful girls from the 18th Century. Her paintings are featured in the February 2015 exhibit "With A Little Help From My Friends" at Daniel Rolnik Gallery.
Where are you from & what about that place influences your art?
I'm originally from Slovakia. I have always felt nostalgia for my early childhood spent in my home country. The non-zombie girls were created with help from old central and Eastern European black and white portraits that I tried to modernize with color.
Did you go to art school?
I did go to art school, for illustration. My favorite part was meeting so many different artists, making friends, and creating art as homework!
Would you rather have aliens or monsters be real and why?
Monsters. Aliens freak me out.
What's your favorite radio station and a few bands you're listening to?
I haven't been listening to much music lately, I default to KCRW or KROQ in my car, or CD mixes that I make. Hooverphonic and Morcheeba never get old.
What's something weird and funny that has happened you?
I got an Aussie Cattle Dog last summer. He's both weird and funny.
What was your last adventure & what's your next adventure?
Physically, my last adventure was going to New Orleans. My boyfriend and I went on a swamp tour and saw awesome swamp houses, and gators. It was fun trying to paint the scenery on a speeding boat. Next? Who knows!
Is anyone in your family also artistic?
Not particularly. My dad is great with carpentry, and my mom is into interior design. Sometimes they remodel other peoples' houses together. Right now, they're working on their own house.
What was your childhood room like?
White, boring. In middle school I painted a sky on my ceiling, added motocross posters, and got new (bright green and yellow) bedding. Then came the art table.
How can art make the world a better place?
Art allows others to see the world as another person, or to read a person, or to empathize. It's humane. Sometimes it's pretty and sometimes it isn't, but it keeps the world interesting, and interesting is good.
Burgers, Burritos, or Brownies?