No door is closed to a stubborn scholar.Edgar Whitney

My name is Daniel Novotny. I’m an award-winning international artist based in Slovakia. I live by the words of Edgar Whitney: “No door is closed to a stubborn scholar.”

My medium of choice is watercolor. It is safe, fast and versatile. I paint in short and frequent sessions, usually on smaller quarter-sheet format. I don’t copy what I see. Therefore the most important part of my work lies in analyzing the subject. Once understood, I flesh out a new reality and produce a value study. Only then I touch the paper with my brush. I use large flat brushes and a generous amount of fresh paint. I want to establish a pleasing gesture. I start with a random color and build my painting around it. I use various methods of painting, from superimposed clean transparent layers to acrylic-like opaque shapes. You can see my process on my YouTube channel.

I study and practice art relentlessly and I share my findings and conclusions on my website AtelierNovotny.com. In my teaching I emphasize the importance of understanding the context in which we create. It is my belief that each student must do their best to understand the laws of composition and learn to conceive painting as an abstract shape configuration. It is the way towards mastering creative composition.

I live in Slovakia, Europe. Except painting and running Atelier Novotny, 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 clear my head through competitive gaming. I live at my cat’s house. Her name is Josephine.

Atelier Novotny

The website AtelierNovotny.com, 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 provide 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, benefits can be applied in your own work.

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.

List of 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