My name is Dana Szustka. From an early age drawing has been very close to my heart. At the age of 5 I got my first, thick, A4 sketchbook with white sheets and so began my adventure and fascination with the "colourful world". What I got interested in, has somehow contributed to my future. I chose sketchbook sheets, pencils and crayons as a career. I graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. For 5 years I had been closely associated with art and all its diversity gaining experience in such fields as lettering, advertising, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and technical drawing, just to name a few. Theatre became equally close to me, which is what I decided to focus my diploma on. I was responsible for the graphic design and I created a detached element for the play entitled "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. On my way I have met teachers who, from the outset, had set the bar very high for me and I am very grateful to them because without their help, my workshop would not be so perceptive and good.
The theme of my work is largely a man – the body, the face, the emotional state. For me, it is the most interesting object of the artistic challenge. I like freezing it and setting it in motion, extracting it from the darkness and melting it into the background. I like the light on a man's face and what he has got in his eyes, even when the eye cannot be penetrated and perceived. Usually, I want him to look like the prototype - to represent him and to bring him closer.
On his face and in his eyes a man has got more than just ANYTHING and he means more than just ANYBODY. A man has a soul and feelings, and it is his beauty that I am trying to capture and transfer into a piece of canvas or paper.