Mona Lerch is a self-taught contemporary visual artist, artist coach and founder of Art Mums United currently residing in Brno, Czech Republic.
After having graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and MSc in Criminology, she returned to the Czech Republic to pursue her career as an internal security specialist.
Originally a dance choreographer, painting was not an obvious artistic path for her; however, she has been drawing inspiration from movement, emotions and senses just as she used to do when creating choreographies.
Mona concentrates on abstract oil painting, watercolor illustration and she has also started experimenting with collages. She uses both life and work experiences to give shape to unique pieces of artwork that are characterized by elaborate structure and layers. In her paintings, she loves to combine natural elements with geometry. Her paintings are intuitive and offer space for the viewer's imagination.
Being a nature lover and a passionate advocate of ecological lifestyle, she digs deep into her fantasy to materialize her own inner world on canvas. Her mission is to create a narrative embodying the beauty we have around us that we forget to see and to break the boundaries between the body and mind.
In September 2020, Mona created a global collective of inspiring and powerful women artists of all kinds to celebrate creativity and motherhood. Mona believes that art has healing powers as it helped her to overcome postpartum trauma and anxiety. She believes that artists, and art mums in particular, are extraordinary human beings who deserve to be celebrated. Art Mums United is an inclusive platform dedicated to all beautiful art mums looking for support, inspiration and greater visibility online.
I paint because it makes me feel alive. Canvas is my playground, where I give shape to dreams and feelings, drawing inspiration from nature with all its wonders.
Painting healed me when I felt confused and lost. I had my first child and my world turned around. I fell so deeply in love but premature birth and events that surrounded it left me in pain and anxiety. I decided to face it and fight it and transfer all my feelings on canvas. I felt that I needed to concentrate on the beauty we have around us that we forget to see because our minds are troubled by things that we feel we cannot control. But we do. And that is my aim. To show my audience that we can sit down, take a deep breath and take in all life has to offer.
My mission is to create a narrative embodying the beauty we forget to see. To make you remember that we should care more.
"I care about nature, I feel that it's hurt. I hear flowers crying and trees to be burned. I wonder daily what have we done with all the beauty which now wants to run. Away from us humans to survive once more, to show us how foolish we've been to the core. So listen to nature that wants to save you, you as the fools that foolish things do."
21 June - 18 July 2021 THE CURATOR'S SALON: Intrinsic Nature
(painting Breathe, 2021)
5 May - 15 June 2021 THE PURPOSEFUL MAYO: Reverie - Inaugural Art Exhibition
(painting Colorful Life, 2021)
Spring 2021 BRANDI HOFER ART GALLERY: Born Free Live Wild
(painting Circle Of Life, 2019)
27 March - 10 May 2021 VISIONARY ART COLLECTIVE: Finding Sanctuary Online Exhibit
(paintings Green Green Grass, Down By The River)
Spring 2021 THE UNICORN FACTORY: Flora And Fauna Online Exhibit
(paintings A Morning In The Garden; I Promise To Care, Always And Forever; Growing Wild; Gingko Bubbles; You've Become A Beautiful Butterfly)
8 March - 30 May 2020 WABGNET Spring 2020 Virtual Reality Exhibition
(painting Growing Wild, 2019, oil on panel, 16.5'' x 23.5'')