Valeria Viscardi (Italy),
studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Her practical experience concerns painting, etching and photography. A Zen monk has trained her in Zen painting. She lives in Amsterdam since 2006 and her workshops are commissioned from cultural centers and festivals in Amsterdam and other cities in Holland. She practices Zen meditation that gives a great support to her work and she continues to paint and practicing the four main subjects of Zen painting, the so called 'four gentlemen' (bamboo, orchid, plum and chrysanthemum). zenpainting.nl
Zen painting is an ancient painting method used by the Zen monks as tool for improving concentration and experiencing the moment. The brush strokes are rhythmically repeated following the flow of the breath. This enhances a state of concentration and attention typical in meditation.
Zen painting is a very powerful tool for healing and self-centering, it is a traditional method, which harmonizes the posture and the breath with the brush strokes. Body and mind are involved in the process of painting, allowing deepening into oneself and exploring inner resources.
The subjects are related to nature and are painted by using black ink and all its shades. The bamboo is the basic and main subject.