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Winner of the Summer 2013 Competition
A contemporary look at an ancient subject.
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acrylic on canvas
23 x 34 in

artist statement

My current work utilizes an elaborate painting technique and metaphoric imagery to comment on everyday life. This unique style blends contemporary aesthetics with old European art. I like to portray characters, symbols, and natural phenomena that coexist in a world of peace, harmony, and mutual consolation. I try to remind my viewers of the wonder when encountering something new and beautiful.

My process is developed intuitively and improvisationally as I work.  Visionary images are created by collapsing the three-dimensional realm into a two-dimensional veil of color spots that is intended to send the eye in pursuit of the enigmatic. But if the paintings can’t get you there, words won’t bail me out.


Erika Pochybova Johnson was born in former Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Texas in late 1996 where she became a U.S. citizen in 2006.  A self-taught artist, Erika has developed a unique style of painting that uses elaborate combinations of brightly colored dots, shape and lines. Her imagery varies widely and includes many animals, flowers, landscapes and abstraction.

In 2012, Erika Pochybova Johnson was chosen to paint to 2 large, public art commissions for the University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX (the new East Tower Building). Erika's paintings have been included in over 35 exhibitions nationally and she received a Silver Merit Award in a New York City based national competition. Erika also won a 2nd place Award in the “Texas National” competition that was juried by nationally-recognized artist Mel Chin and a 2nd place Award in the Houston-based “Texas Art 2009” juried by Shelly Langdale, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings in Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In 2011, Erika's work was featured in the “Artist Portfolio Magazine”. In 2010, Erika was a selected finalist for the "Hunting Art Prize" in Houston, won 3rd place in International Landscape Competition, and was selected for a national juried exhibition "System Failure", curated by Sarah Tanguy; an independent curator, arts writer & critic, and a curator for the Art in Embassies Program in Washington, DC.

Her story and artwork has also been featured in the Slovakian national publication, New Time Sunday, in 3 issues of the national publication Creative Quarterly, and in the 2010 Winter issue of ARTNEWS Magazine.  Erika has participated in group shows in Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Alexandria, Houston, New York, Beverly Hills, Minneapolis, Sacramento, Nacogdoches, Galveston, and Lubbock.