Zlatka M Burtis Fine Art

ZLATKA BURTIS - BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, Zlatka Burtis moved to Chicago in 2000 to explore her very own "New World." Though she was formally educated as a landscape designer, Zlatka has harbored a lifelong passion for art. Much of her unique style is self-taught, and was only further enhanced by the knowledge she acquired at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Zlatka's talents stem from techniques that most of today's photographers have long since forgotten or never took the time to learn. She prefers analog photography using her Hasselblad 503CW camera or one of her "sentimental" Flexaret cameras from her country of Czech. Her style is a blend of "Old World" and "New." Her work is influenced by many, but none more than the renowned Czech photographer, Jan Saudek, who has become a dear friend along her artistic journey.

Zlatka's skills go beyond photography and extend to her abilities as a watercolor painter. Inspired by both the realism and expressionism movements, respectfully, Zlatka channels the work of Frantisek Drtikol, Richard Avedon, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso and the musician Nick Cave.

Zlatka finds inspiration everywhere. "Life is inspiring," she says. The people in her life and those who have left it have each beautifully tinted her view.