Albin Veselka, b. 1979, Casper, Wyoming, (United States)
Veselka credits the the BYU art department for giving him “the tools all representational artists must have to open up the door to communicating in the visual arts.” He is constantly finding new things to appreciate in the masters, both living and deceased. Some of his influences are Nicolai Fechin, John Singer Sargent, Abram Arkhipov, Ilha Repin, Richard Schmid, Dan Gerhartz, Mike Malm, Carolyn Anderson, Gerald Griffin and Leon Parson.
Veslka currently lives in Idaho with his wife and their three children. Veslka teaches painting classes part time at Brigham Young University, Idaho. “Teaching is another way I can share the beauty of what I have learned; it fulfills me to be around like minded people in the art world. In this environment I can continually refine and develop through teaching.”
“If I can enrich the lives of those who view my work in any way, I have accomplished my goal. There is something of the divine that comes through the work of one who has mastered his mode of expression and who has something good to say. Be it simple or profound, intellectual or spiritual, when that message comes through and awakens something within the receiver that improves his or her life, that, I believe, is the higher purpose of art. That's what I strive for.”