"Love follows knowledge."
"Beauty above all beauty!"
– St. Catherine of Siena

Friday, January 22, 2016

Faith Filled Friday: The Art of Ladislav Zaborsk

I had never heard of Ladislav Zaborsk  until I saw a post on Melanie Jean Juneau’s blog, Joy of Nine.  

He’s from Slovakia and he’s Catholic, and looking over his work I would guess he’s devout.  From the Wikipedia entry:

The essence of his work is linked to the experience of his inner life. Each painting is an attempt to discover God and a dialogue with eternity. He is more than a religious painter; he is a painter of spiritual light. He says about himself: "The substance of my work is the experience of God transferred into my heart (...) Art that seeks truth and beauty, is the anticipation of eternity."

Here are a couple of samples.

You can see more of his work at Melanie’s blog post, and you can read about her profound transfigurative moment that Zaborsk’s art helped her understand.  Here’s how she starts her blog:

I was struggling to put down in words an encounter with God which happened on Friday, January 15, 2016 . . . yesterday.  I knew for the change to take root, I had to articulate the experience so I would remember and not fall into old patterns once again, as I have a thousand other times. The joy was too wonderful to allow it to dissipate. Then I ran across paintings by the Catholic artist Ladislav Zaborsky this morning.  His art helped clarify and communicate my experiences with God because the essence of his work is linked to the experience of his inner life.

Here’s one more of Zaborsk’s paintings.


  1. After reading your post, [t occurs to me to write a more in-depth article on this Spirit led, Catholic artist. His work is powerful and yet relatively unknown in Western Europe and the Americas