Rajka Kupesic School of Classical Ballet

Children's Book
"Claire's Gift"

Clair's Gift

From award winning writer Maxine Trottier comes a story that will tug at the heartstrings, illustrated with breath taking paintings by internationally renowned artist Rajka Kupesic.

  • Short listed for the 2000 Ruth Schwartz Award
  • Short listed for the 2000 CLA Book of the Year Award for Children
  • Short listed for the 2000 Amelia Francis Howard Gibbon Award
  • Winner of the Mr. Christie Award 2000

Children's Book
"Maria Chapdelaine"

Maria Chapdelaine

"A gorgeous picture book based on the classic tale by Louis Hémon with enchanting paintings by Rajka Kupesic, is a window into Canada's history: the village of Peribonka, Quebec, circa 1916. 26 exquisite paintings capture the reverie and austerity of our canadian heritage."
Planéte Quebec

Published in 2004 by Tundra Books
Nominated for the 2005 Governor General's award for the Children's Literature Illustration category (short list)

Children's Book
"The Nutcracker"


"The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas story that is beautifully told by internationally renowned ballerina Karen Kain and marvelously illustrated by the museum quality artwork by Rajka Kupesic."
Book Reviews
"Karen Kain's story-telling style is simple yet elegant, with plenty of conversation and just the right amount of description to accompany artist Rajka Kupesic's magnificent oil paintings."
CM Magazine
Published in 2005 by Tundra Books

Rajka Blog

Rajka KupesicRajka Kupesic has developed a unique personal style of painting that has entranced art lovers across Canada, The United States, and Europe.

The rigid discipline of her early artistic training and her intensive study of paintings have produced an art form that was once rooted in the naive tradition of unschooled observation of everyday life but has progressed far beyond its origins. Today, her work can be described only in its own terms of fluidity, movement, and emotion. Perhaps, one key to her work is Kupesic’s declaration that "I follow the music." This is literally true, as she listens to music while she paints (Mozart is a favourite),

It is also figuratively true, as she always finds the rhythm in her subject matter.
It comes as no surprise to learn that Kupesic was classically trained as a ballerina, and danced for many years in Europe while developing her art. Naturally, she is finely attuned to movement and her larger-than-life figures seem to flow across the canvas in delightfully whimsical fashion.

But this lightness of effect is achieved through painstaking effort. Each of Kupesic's paintings is worked out first in one or more detailed sketches. Next, the pigments for her palette are carefully blended until the desired colours are found, whether vivid or soft and subtle. She also follows the classical convention of painting on linen.

Her mastery of her technique can be seen in the imperceptible blending of brush strokes. The result is a canvas with a smooth and finished surface. Colours merge and change without jarring the eye. The people, landscapes, and cityscapes that Rajka brings to life all share rounded, flowing lines. With her unique handling of detail, colour, and mood, Kupesic infuses the familiar with an extraordinary quality.

"I paint with great emotion," she says. "My goal is to create movement and beauty... Art is an escape from reality... It gives us a greater beauty that may be a higher reality."

Her work has been shown in numerous galleries worldwide. It has been featured in magazines in France, Canada, and Japan, and in major collections around the world. Rajka Kupesic resides in Toronto with her husband Zlatko and their two sons.

Rajka Kupesic School of Classical Ballet