ROMA art on postcards.
photo: Courtesy of Šanzi
Printed and distributed by the Šanzi publishing house in Prešov, the postcards, with descriptions in Slovak and English, can be viewed at www.sanzi.sk. The publishers are currently working on postcards with Christmas motifs, and these should be available soon.
All of the artists are Roma students from the village of Jarovnice, which has the largest Roma settlement in Slovakia. Under the guidance of their teacher Ján Sajko they paint pictures full of vibrant colours, which enjoy worldwide recognition. The works, whose motifs come mainly from Roma history and legends, have received awards in India, Japan, the USA, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iran, Macedonia, Slovenia and other countries.
"When I looked at their works, the decision to print them as postcards and distribute them at home as well as abroad came fast," said Dušan Guzi, the publisher. The revenues from the business will go to the school and to the students.
"The results these kids achieve at world competitions are even more admirable because of the fact that the little painters come from a socially disadvantaged society. In summer 1998, a tragic flood swept throughout the village, leaving 50 citizens, ten of them students of the school, dead," said Guzi, who is also working on publishing the paintings in the form of a calendar.
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