Experiencing world one shape at a time…Daniel Novotny – Artist, Producer & Founder of Atelier Novotny

My name is Daniel Novotny. I am an artist. Welcome to my website.

I believe that art as an expression of the human race is a trait that is inherent to us rather than anything external we obtain. In this profound sense every human is an artist. I like to think of art as simply one of many outlets to express who we are. The trick is in understanding that through studying and practicing painting, ultimately we study ourselves – for art is embedded within us. This duality of understanding art through self and vice versa is a most personal quest and the only way that leads to becoming the artists we were always meant to be.

I also believe that both in life and art, there is no end goal, no achievement that is final. We make art because we are. As long as we live, we create, we do. In a way, artist’s journey is similar to a dance. The point is to enjoy each step, correct or otherwise. For there is no finale. When the music stops we are no more and what matters is how boldly we dared to dance.

To learn more about my outlook on the creative process and the function of art, read my writings on painting philosophy.

I live in Slovakia, Europe. Except painting and running Ateliernovotny.com, I work a nine-to-five job. In my spare time I enjoy philosophy, recharge by taking walks in nature, do gardening, love stationery and clean my head gaming. I live at my cat’s house. Her name is Josephine.

Atelier Novotny

The website Atelier Novotny, though in several different iterations, has had an online presence since early 2000s. Its current aim is to function as an online teaching platform. My desire goes beyond that of a novice workbook. I strive to convey context and aim at providing a complete experience.

As I am primarily a watercolorist, the content is geared towards painters working in this media. For the most part, however, the principles are universal so that regardless of the technique you use, benefit can be applied in your own work.

There are four pillars on which my teaching is based: Inspiration, Idea, Expression and Design. Through the understanding of these four areas we can recognize our function as artists in the world. We begin to understand ourselves and build upon our natural inclinations. Ultimately, we can become the artists we were meant to be.

Books and publications

Portrait Revolution 2017 book project
Portrait Revolution 2017 book project


  • 2014/1: The St. Petersburg Watercolor Society – Art-Bridge-Watercolor-2013; Diploma for third degree nomination in Genre watercolor
  • 2013/9: Slovak national art competition Vytvarne spektrum 2013; Honorable Mention (National stage)
  • 2013/4: Slovak national art competition Vytvarne spektrum 2013; First Prize (Regional stage)


  • Contemporary International Watercolor Museum; Fabriano, Italy
  • VIZart Watercolour Museum; Tirana, Albania
  • The Stable Gallery; Church Square, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8TY, Scotland, United Kingdom; Phone +44(0)1499 302800; E-mail: enquiries@thestablegallery.com

Notable Exhibitions


Fabriano in Acquarello

Fabriano, Italy

International Watercolor Society event in Fabriano, Italy.


Face to Face: 5 Years of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party

San Francisco, USA

A celebration of portrait.


Art Spectrum 2013

Nitra, Slovakia

A national competition. Awarded first prize across media.


Daniel Novotny – Akvarely


The first solo show.

All Shows

  • 2017/4: Fabriano in Acquarello; Fabriano, Italy
  • 2016/9: Freedom of Self Expression – Budapest International Watercolour Festival; Budapest, Hungary
  • 2016/4: Vytvarne spektrum 2016; Nitra, Slovakia
  • 2016/2: Vytvarne spektrum 2016; Nove Zamky, Slovakia
  • 2015/11: VIZart International Watercolor Festival 2015; Palace of Congress, National Historical Museum, Tirana, Albania
  • 2015/3: Face to Face: 5 Years of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party; Alley Cat Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, USA
  • 2014/11: Daniel Novotny – Akvarely; 3Galeria, Podhajska 931, Slovakia
  • 2014/4: Vytvarne spektrum 2014; Nitra, Slovakia
  • 2014/2: Vytvarne spektrum 2014; Nove Zamky, Slovakia
  • 2013/9: Vytvarne spektrum 2013; Trencin, Slovakia
  • 2013/7: Daniel Novotny – Côte d’Azur; Aquario Shopping Center, Nove Zamky, Slovakia
  • 2013/4: Vytvarne spektrum 2013; Nitra, Slovakia
  • 2013/2: Vytvarne spektrum 2013; Nove Zamky, Slovakia
  • 2013/1: Daniel Novotny – Côte d’Azur; Anton Bernolak Library, Turecka 36, Nove Zamky, Slovakia
  • 2009/11: Daniel Novotny – Akvarely; Anton Bernolak Library, Nove Zamky, Slovakia