Erika Farkas


Erika Farkas is a self-taught visual artist originally from Transylvania, Romania, and calls Ottawa her home since the late 1980s.  She has a degree in electrical engineering, and her current career is in Information Technology.  Although Erika never had any formal art training, artistic creativity has been always a big part of her life.

She started exhibiting her figurative pencil drawings in 2013, and has won several awards with them in juried local and international art exhibitions in Ottawa and online. Later, she took up mixed media and acrylic painting, because it appealed to her love of colour and gave her unlimited means to stretch the limits of visual expression.

Erika is currently an active member and Website Coordinator of the Foyer Gallery, Nepean Fine Arts League, and Ottawa Mixed Media Artists. She is also a member and Newsletter Layout Editor ofArteast, as well as a member of the Ottawa Art Association and Pencil Art Society.

She exhibits throughout the year in solo shows, in various juried and unjuried group shows, as well as in other artistic events in Ottawa and online. Her works can be found in private collections in North America and Europe.

Erika gladly accepts people and pet portrait commissions of graphite/charcoal pencil drawings or oil paintings.

Artist Statement

Creating art has become one of the biggest joys of my life. I thrive on that feeling of urgency and excitement that I get when the creative juices start flowing in my brain and urge me to pick up a pencil or a brush and just have fun with it.

 I have been continuously trying to challenge myself in finding new ways to combine different types of media. In present times, there is an unprecedented array of media available, creating an opportunity for me to push the envelope of visual expression. I occasionally turn my graphite, charcoal, coloured pencil drawings or digitally created works into mixed media paintings by seamlessly incorporating them on canvas with paints and textures. For an enhanced visual impact, I use a variety of textures, such as gels, glitters and gold leaves, as well as an assorted variety of metallic paraphernalia.

 In my paintings, I like to use a palette of rich, bold colours of red, blue, orange, and  purple, as well as metallic colours of silver, gold and copper. I tend to use highly textured layers of acrylic paint and gel medium that appeal to both senses: vision and touch. To achieve a more accentuated 3-dimensional look and feel, I prefer to use a combination of knives and brushes.

 I feel that I am only at the beginning of my artistic journey. There is so much more that I can try, so many new ways to challenge myself. This journey is worth all the hard work, because for me it is both deeply therapeutic and emotionally fulfilling.”

For more on Erika’s artistic journey and the tools she uses to create her art, check out the interview article with her on Parka Blogs at:


  • 1st Prize for “Dripping’,  Arteast Juried Awards Exhibition, 2015
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Dripping’ at Light Space & Time’s Figurative Art international online competition, 2015
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Inner Depth’ at Light Space & Time’s Abstracts international online competition, 2015
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Old Iraqi Man’ at Light Space & Time’s Open Art international online competition, 2014
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Fall Rhapsody’ at Light Space & Time’s Nature Art international online competition, 2014
  • 3rd Prize for ‘Deep-Rooted Bittersweet Memories (Self-Portrait)’, Arteast Juried Exhibition, 2014
  • 1st Award of Excellence for ‘Dripping’, Nepean Fine Arts League’s Members’ Night Exhibition, 2014
  • Special Merit Award for ‘Freckled Beauty’ at Light Space & Time’s Figurative Art international online competition, 2014
  • Special Recognition Award for ‘Shattered’at Light Space & Time’s All Women international online competition, 2014
  • 3rd Prize for ‘Angie’, Ottawa Art Association’s Fall Peer Awards, 2013
  • 3rd Prize for ‘My childhood picture’, Arteast Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • Director’s Choice Award for ‘Still looking ahead, Infinity Gallery’s Figurative Art Expo international online exhibition, 2013
  • Special Recognition Award for ‘Elephant’ at Light Space & Time’s Animal Art international online competition, 2013
  • Honourable Mention and 2nd Members’ Choice Awards for ‘Young and old’, Nepean Fine Arts League’s Members’ Night Exhibition, 2013


Solo shows:

  • “A Tapestry of Colours”, Cafe 111, Ottawa City Hall, 2015
  • “Figurative Mix”, Blackburn Hamlet Public Library, 2015
  • “Pencil Works”, Centrepointe Theatre Gallery, 2015
  • “Artist of the Month”, 25One Community, 2014
  • “Pencil Works”, The Table, 2014
  • “Tender Moments”, Lunasole Resto-Bar,  2014
  • “Pencil Works”Irene’s Pub,  2014

Selected Group Shows:

  • Ongoing exhibitions at the Foyer Gallery, 2015 and 2014
  • “Mosaic” juried exhibition, Trinity Gallery, 2015 and 2014
  • Peer Awards Show, Ottawa Little Theatre, 2014 and 2013
  • “Figureworks” juried exhibition, St.Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 2014 – 2015
  • Arteast Award Winners, Shenkman Arts Centre, 2014
  • Arteast Juried Exhibition, St. Laurent Complex, 2014 and 2013
  • “Art of Imagination”, Orange Gallery, 2014
  • “Summer’s Pleasures”, François Dupuis Centre, 2014
  • “Toronto Art for Peace”, Moniker Gallery, Toronto, 2014
  • “Spring Mix”, St. Laurent Complex, 2014
  • 3rd Carleton Community Art Show, Carleton University Art Gallery, 2014
  • “Touched by Fire” juried exhibition, Toronto, 2013
  • NFAL’s Fall/Spring Show, Ukrainian Banquet Hall, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • “Selections” juried exhibition, Trinity Gallery, Shenkman Arts Centre, 2013