Erika Farkas with her drawing “Alter Ego”

I am a self-taught artist, born in Transylvania, Romania, and living in Ottawa, Canada since 1987. Although I have not had a formal art training, artistic creativity has always been a big part of my life.

Since I started exhibiting my works in 2013, I have won several awards at juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online.

I am currently an active member of the Foyer GalleryNepean Fine Arts LeagueArteast Ottawa, and Pastel Artists Canada. I exhibit throughout the year at the Foyer GalleryNFAL Gallery, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online.

My sold and commissioned works can be found in private collections across North America and Europe.



Erika Farkas with her drawing “Dripping”

Artist Statement

Creating art has become one of the biggest joys of my life. I thrive on that feeling of urgency and excitement that I get when the creative juices start flowing through my brain and urge me to pick up a pencil, a brush, or a pastel stick and just have fun with it. Variety for me is a must, I don’t like to limit my works with one style and medium. I work with graphite, charcoal, coloured, and pastel pencils, as well as with soft pastels, acrylic, oil and mixed media. Most of my works are realistic, but I also love creating abstract and surreal pieces.

I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more that I can try, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me it is both therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling.

Interested in my work? Read two online interviews about my art at the links below.