Judit Szilvasi originates from the city of Kecskemet in Hungary.
She began sculpting clay at sixteen years of age and soon after would enroll at Pecs Art Studies University where she would receive formal training for the next five years.
“Working with clay and plaster is a way of life for me”. “It was more than just my love or passion, it is who I am”. “There was never any question that I would do this “, she explains.
After university Judit worked within Hungary and in Czech Republic.
“I was doing contract work for churches in my city which was a great learning experience but at the same time all I could think about was my passion for sculpting portrait sculptures and figurative art”.
“It is a timeless art form that never goes out of style.”
Judit also does contemporary work as a diversion from the more traditional styles. In 2007 Judit won the Hungarian Plaque Biennale Award for her abstract work.
In 2010 Judit was invited to attend the prestigious International Sculpture Symposium in Plesna, Czech Republic. Only 8 artists from 4 countries are invited. “I was very honoured “. “In Europe, they take their art very seriously”, says Judit.
In 2011 Judit immigrated to Vancouver Canada. The passion for her work would dictate the path she took in her new home.
Since immigrating to Canada Judit has:
- Received an Honorable Mention for Figurative Art in Mission, B.C.
- Been a top finalist in the Canadian Portrait Competition for the last three years.
- In 2018 was also awarded a “Certificate of Merit” from the CPC judges.
- Opened an art studio on Vancouver Island B.C.
- Worked to design and instruct a sculpture class for young teens in her community.
- Went on to share her work with the world via the online business “Westcoast Creations“.