The Heroine’s Journey of Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Efrat Cybulkiewicz is an Illustrator, and a painter based in Italy. And her passion lies in the power that is found within the goodness of every life lesson.

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To savore hours of freedom and solitude… I love working late at night, when all are asleep. Only there I can hear with clarity in knowing who I am to me.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Not sure I have a clear idea about the perfect happiness, but I sure feel an enormous amount of happiness when finding valuable lessons unintentionally, through significant changes in my life…such feeling has a certain smell of wildflowers that is unmistakable.

What is my greatest fear? Anything threatening to squeeze out my uniqueness, nullify my aptitudes and mold my path to a formal structures of daily life that I had no part in designing–things that get in the way of reaching my full potential.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Trust issues (towards others)… this can result in self-sabotage.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I do not have a “favorite artist.” I consider them all, in some way or another, extremely interesting and fascinating. But my tastes favors the originality of the style implemented in the works of the artist. Such as Lempicka, Banksy, Dali, Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, Hokusai, Monet, Goya, Renoir, Guayazamin, Tamayo, Klein, Miro, Basquiat, Botero, Hopper, Schiele, Matisse, Bosco, Giotto. Among others, many others.

What is my greatest extravagance? Camping and travel gear.

On what occasion would I lie? It defeats the purpose to put it into words.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I tend to be obsessive with my projects. And often, I stay awake for more than 24 hours without getting any rest. This contributes to my bad health and low defense mechanism.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? Every single time I have a new canvas in front of me waiting to be devoured by my imagination, it’s like a mental orgasm just thinking about it, and it never gets old.

If I could, what would I change about myself? If I were 25 years younger, I would get you a list of things I would change. Today, I won’t dare to change anything, not even a single regret.

What is my greatest achievement in work? The short amount of time it took me to be part of the art community and be recognized as an artist. The support I have received from this community fills me with great and constant joy.

Where would I most like to live? Definitely Bhutan. Known for its dramatic landscapes and for its monasteries.

What is my most treasured possession? My most treasured possessions are my family photographs. and a small silver Mezuzah.

What is my most marked characteristic? A never ceasing brain that continues to think, which I may be admitting for purposes of this answer but I will not admit in the regular course of daily life. And a very marked bohemianism lifestyle.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Exactly where I live now, a region in Southern Italy known as La Campania, I am surrounded by nature and quite far from civilization.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? I don’t usually eat out. However, there is one place I often go to, My inlaws… And they are magnificent cookers.

What books influenced my life and how? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This book troubled me deeply as a child. But it taught me from a very young age to set boundaries, to never damage myself in order to love someone. Silverstein did a great job on it! Juan Salvador Gaviota, By Richard Bach. In my teens, this book taught me the importance of challenges. Definitely a book of personal improvement and motivation.  Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations. All I can say is, if the true history of the world and if this declaration of human rights were taught in schools, we would all be better able to recognize abuses of power in the early stages … But no, they do not want that kind of “nonsense” taught in our schools. Unfortunately, still not put into practice in too many countries.

Who are my favorite writers? Juan Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Noam Chomsky. Amos Oz. Oscar Wilde. Mario Benedetti, Pablo Neruda, Nelson Mandela. James Patterson. Norman G. Frankenstein. And many more, many more.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? The howling wind with ocean sounds, music to my soul.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I tend to lean more towards the villains.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Those who do a lot for our planet and humanity, while keeping anonymous. Had the fortune to cross paths with one; an angel without wings.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Shawshank Redemption.
What role plays art in my life and work? It is my constant Samsara! Art gave me that freedom to enable myself. To recreate and process my thoughts, emotions, and insecurities, and to make ownership about what I am. It allows me to get angry at myself, to be hard on myself, to even be the demon under my own bed. Something that I always desired in matters of love, but never felt fully. Because with Art there is never any shackels.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband, the one who encouraged me to take this wonderful journey to begin with. My older daughter, who is only 8 years old but who is always aware of my artistic evolution and takes great interest in each of my projects. And a decent amount of fans from every walk of life.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? Looking forward on this project I being doing on sketches, for the past year. A series called “Motherness.” Conveying the duality of life and unconditional love through colors. This year I am determined on passing each sketch to a canvas.
Where can you see me or my work? You can see my work at the “International Surrealism” exhibiting currently in Coimbra, Portugal. At the Municipal Gallery Tony Vitorino in Vieira de Leiria. From November 17, 2018 until January 19, 2019. And at the upcoming Exhibition taking place at Municial Callery Antonio Vitorino in Vieira de Leiria City of Marinha Grande also in Portugal, grand opening: january 16, 2019. Also on social networks (links below).
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? It means finding purpose and meaning in life; doing the thing that I have always wanted to do. Enriching my own inside journey in the places I am exploring. The desire to understand everything while living life to the fullest!
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Consuelo Guttman. Florence Joly Art. Ilana Sagee. Annika Charis Cooper. Jacqueline Vizcaino. Michelle Kondos. Maria Tarilka Makaron. Anna Wagner-Ott. Jade Leyva-Frouge. Katerine Aubry. Shia Weltenmenge. Sarale Gliksberg. Caroline Dahyot  Cynthia Tom  Margot Margot. 関紫芳Shiho Seki
How can you contact me? https://www.facebook.com/efrat.ush.7
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