They say age is just a number, and Agnes Kasparkova, a grandmother from the Czech village of Louka, in South Moravia, is a perfect example. At age 87, the adorable artist still spends most of her free time doing what she likes most – hand-painting her neighbors’ houses with traditional motifs.
Agnes Kasparkova retired from her work in agriculture 30 years ago, and has been painting houses ever since. Despite her frail hands, she manages to brighten up every building she works on with intricate ultramarine designs. “I’m just doing what I like,” she says, humbly. “I try to help decorate the world a bit.”
Agnes added that she cannot imagine a life without work, be it at home, in her garden, or painting houses. She apparently learned the craft from another woman named Manakova, and when she passed away, Agnes decided to carry on her work.
One of the most striking features of Agnes’ art is the ultramarine blue paint, which works splendidly in contrast with the white walls of Moravian houses. She makes sure to use expensive, good quality paint, which she guarantees will last at least two years. Another feature that stands out is the floral theme present in all her artworks. She never plans her artworks in advance, instead making them up as she goes along.
Agnes does find it difficult to paint sometimes, given her age. She finds winters especially difficult, but that doesn’t stop her from keeping at it. Every May, she spends 10 days decorating the freshly whitewashed walls of the village chapel, even climbing up ladders to reach the top!
Agnes’ style, although slightly simpler, is reminiscent of the beautiful house paintings of Zalipie, in neighboring Poland.