Ladislav Záborský: Imprisoned for His Catholic Art


foto1Living Catholic artist, Ladislav Záborský was sentenced in Slovakia for treason to seven years imprisonment in 1954 but was released on Christmas Eve 1957. His crime? He painted Christ as a worker in 1949.  His other religious art was labelled corrupt.ladislav_zaborsky_1

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obraz_zab-svetlo_z_hora-250x250While imprisoned, Ladislav felt as if his hands were nailed to the cross because he could not paint but only seek God in the depths of his soul.  He felt as if he was crucified because he could not walk where he wanted to. In poems written after his release, Ladislav expressed the deep spiritual transformation which occurred during his imprisonment. The result of his inner crucifixion meant he no longer fulfilled his own desires but only saught God and His desires.

 

1395_zaborsky_najvacsi_milosrdny_samaritan_1976_olej_240x300The following poems are found in The Walls Behind the Curtain: East European Prison Literature, 1945-1990. edited by Harold B. Segel, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012

Thus I was likened0090a_ukrizovany

to Your Son

so in me might be born

a new person

who will not fufill his own desires

bur who seeks Your desires.

Hence I am suspended on this cross

bur salvation quickly approaches me.

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I even have a radio in this empty cell of mine,

when the voice of God reads in my soul and awakens feelings with open arms

because heaven broadcasts continuously throughout the entire world

you merely have to listen and know how to understand.

 

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Each painting is an attempt to discover God, eternity because Ladislav Záborský is a painter of spiritual light.

“The substance of my work is the experience of God transferred into my heart (…) Art that seeks truth and beauty is the anticipation of eternity.”

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19 thoughts on “Ladislav Záborský: Imprisoned for His Catholic Art

  1. My response to a repost: Yes, you are here for a reason, but it’s not what you think: Why am I here? | Church Set Free

    Once Watchman Nee ( A pastor in China, and prolific writer) found a famous missionary, hidden in a backward village. When he lamented that she was wasting her God-given talents, the missionary replied by saying she was where God wanted her and, therefore, the most useful to Him there

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    “The substance of my work is the experience of God transferred into my heart (…) Art that seeks truth and beauty is the anticipation of eternity.”

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