Artwork Katmandu is still linked to the most figurative period of Konopka, in fact it is evident the image of the seated man, an elderly Nepalese man intent on his daily prayer, a common image and in the memory of whoever visits those enchantable faraway places. The artist appears captivated by the simplicity of the gesture, by the concentration and careful devotion with which the man dedicates himself to his task, yet it begins to emerge strongly from Konopka’s style, the emotional component, more irrepressible, more impelling, shoreless and capable of transforming the creative act into a manifestation of the most intimate, most interior self. The journey towards Expressionism becomes more incisive in this painting, and begins to mix with the need for abstraction from the clear and defined boundaries of the observed reality, a synergy that is revealed with the lines that Konopka imprints on the canvas by passing the brush after having painted the basic image, as if to suggest that what you feel is much more important than what you see. The basis of remembrance, even when he rethinks its pilgrimages in the world, is sensation, that perceiving all what the eye cannot see because it is only through the connection with sensitivity that it is possible to deepen and listen as much as we see has to tell us, send us, leave us so as not to be forgotten.
Marta Lock – art critic, novelist, aphorist, essayist, reviewer, sociopsycholog