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Monday, February 16, 2009

Steven Doma-Mikó Paints Way to Brunei

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Spend time at Sheraton Utama Hotel with family and friends over art during the exclusive painting exhibition by Mr. Steven Doma-Mikó from February 16th to 21st, 2009.

Mr.  Steven Doma-Mikó, born in Füzesgyarmat, a picturesque city of Hungary, is one of the three Royal-Court Painters in the world, with talents that are highly respected by royal families, celebrities and other notabilities in different regions of the globe.

During the last three decades Mr. Doma-Mikó has founded several museums and art collections, like the first Japanese Museum at his birthplace in Hungary, and the Royal Art Collection in the Kingdom of Tonga. Besides supporting scientific research, he has personally participated in an educational project of training several thousand school children in Fiji for painting in watercolour. He has been ready to organize exhibitions with humanitarian aims, and generously offers his paintings for charity purposes – such as in 1989, when he arranged an art exhibition and auction for the benefit of Kenyan children with disabilities.

Different awards and decorations demonstrate Mr. Doma-Miko’s achievements in art and the social sphere, like the Silver Order of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga. With various prizes and commendations by the Japanese-British Friendship Association, a Gold Mermorial Plalette and Royal Decree from King Tupou IV which appreciates his excellence in regard for his talents as Royal Court Painter, as well as from the Traveling Ambassador of the Federation of the Holy Crown.

In conjunction with the new great campaign “Lapar nyenta? Let’s go Sheraton!“, the hotel has lined up exciting promotions at its outlets for YOU. Look out for Sheraton’s first ever Turkish Food Festival starting in 24th t0 28th February with authentic dishes at Tasek Brasserie prepared by the hotel’s innovative culinary experts and Guest Chef Zeki Kalayci.

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Tonga’s royal painter travels the world

Royal painter: Steven Doma Miko{aac}, royal painter from Hungary with a portrait of the King of Tonga. Picture: BT/Dewi Mohd Sofri
Dewi Mohd Sofri
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Saturday, February 21, 2009

MEET Steven Doma-Miko{aac}, the appointed Royal-Court Painter of Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, the King of Tonga who is currently in Brunei to showcase his paintings.

Fifty-eight-year-old Doma-Miko{aac} was born in Fuzesgyarmat, Hungary but has been living in Tokyo, Japan for the last 28 years. His interest in learning the art of wood painting brought him to Japan. He soon fell in love with the culture and philosopy of Japan and its people. According to Doma-Miko{aac}, he observed and learned about the Japanese way of life from an old Japanese philosopher. He went back to his home country only to find himself returning to settle in Japan where he built his career.

Becoming a painter was not his original dream; he wanted to become a novelist. Drawing and painting was just a hobby to him when he was a child. His interest in drawing began at the age of three when he drew something on his uncle’s hand-painted antique map.

“My uncle and family was very surprised and angry,” Doma-Miko{aac} laughed at the memory. When he was nine years old, he began drawing illustrations while reading some books but it was still just a hobby. “When I was 20 years old, I met an old painter in the country who came from a noble family,” said Doma-Miko{aac}. This painter later became his teacher. “After one month, he told me that my painting is not good but one month is not enough (to learn) and he advised me to (stop writing) and just paint,” he said.

Doma-Miko{aac} continued to study painting with his first teacher against his parents wishes. “My parents were unhappy that I studied art. They told me that the future is for the engineers,” said Doma-Miko{aac}. He did graduate in electrical engineering and worked as an engineer while still continuing his studies in the fine arts. When he finally completed his studies, he decided to become a painter full time.

“This is my life, you know. It is not a hobby. For some people painting is just a hobby but to me it is my life. I have a big proposition for painting … not just paint beautiful paintings.”

For this artist, painting is not just a way to tell a story or an idea, it is also a channel to help and assist other people. In this regard, Doma-Miko{aac} engages himself in charitable acts such as offering his paintings for charity as well as participating in an education project where he teaches children to paint. “I heard about how the schools in Fiji doesn’t teach painting to children and I talked with the government, the Ministry of Education there and I brought some assistants from Japan and we started to teach painting in watercolour at the school to more than 12,000 children,” he said. The children have not even heard of painting or even seen a brush, and Doma-Miko{aac} brought along the painting supplies. “When I was young, I was happy to (build) a good career, I was happy for my success. When (a person) is older, he is happy if his students (achieve) success and I want to help them. When I taught in Fiji, I see lots of children touched the brush for the first time and they were very happy.”

Doma-Miko{aac} plans to organise a competition for talented children with the prize of a scholarship for studying art to more than one child. “I did it in Fiji; but just once or twice where the winner gets a prize,” he said, but not to a larger scale. He is keen to cooperate with associations and individuals interested on this project. He wished to teach more children, especially those who have not heard of painting. When asked if he had the time to travel across the world to teach painting, Doma-Miko{aac}’s response was: “Yes. It is necessary.”

Known in the educational arena for his speed-painting techniques, he has taught in educational institutions in Japan and across Asia, where he is often invited to lecture on his special technique. He has also arranged exhibitions in Japan where paintings, including his were sold and the revenue donated to Kenya for the purpose of building schools. “And also more than 10 years, revolution in Romania, when the local people wanted to change the dictator they had a demonstration and the soldiers shoot the people and a lot of people died. I gave a half year’s work of my paintings for sale in Japan and gave the money for the victims of the revolution.”

Doma-Miko{aac} has also participated in a scientific research which uses paintings as a method of collecting data, “where I paint some paintings in just red, green, blue and every colour in one painting”. The paintings were exhibited in different countries and the visitors were asked to complete questionnaires. The results were read from a computer which compare the different colour preferences of people from different countries. An analysis was made from the findings of this research. His paintings can be found in the art collections of several royal families and are displayed in museums, galleries and exhibition halls internationally.

Doma-Miko{aac} started to gain popularity for his protrait paintings after he was appointed as the Royal-Court painter of Tonga. His meeting with the previous king was not by chance. A friend of his worked with one of the senators in Tonga and from there he was invited to the country to paint the king’s portrait as the ones painted by two foreign journalists were rejected by the king.

“I was very worried that the king was too strict so I painted three portraits, maybe one (would turn out) okay but the king accepted all three,” said Doma-Miko{aac} on his first experience with the Tonga Royal Family. From there, his work was in high demand as other members of the royal family wanted their own portraits painted by him. The following year, after the first meeting, he held an exhibition at the Tonga National Centre which was opened by the King of Tonga. One of his main aim is to introduce the royal family and the King of Tonga in other countries. His collections has travelled far than he has and has even been exhibited in the Artic Svalbard and Antartic Japanese Shova Base. The collection presently on display at the Sheraton Utama Hotel in Brunei was previously exhibited in Hungary, Paris, London, Auckland, New Zealand, Tonga and Moscow.

Doma-Miko{aac} has won several awards and decorations for his achievements such as the Silver Order of King Taufa’ahau IV. Decorations include the Grand Prize for International Peace by the Japanese-British Friendship Association and the Royal Gold Memorial Medal. He aspires to paint more royal families from other parts of the world. One of his dreams is to paint a portrait of the Sultan of Brunei and present it as a gift. When asked why, Doma-Miko{aac} simply answered: “The Sultan has a very good face, looks like a strong male character.”The Brunei Times

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Steven paints way to Brunei

Coming here: Steven Doma-Miko, one of three Royal-Court Painters in the world, will be holding an exhibition at Sheraton Utama Hotel.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SHERATON Utama will be showcasing an art exhibition from Steven Doma-Miko{aac} starting February 16 to 21.

Doma-Miko{aac}, born in Fuzesgyarmat, a picturesque city of Hungary, is one of the three Royal-Court Painters in the world with talent that is highly appreciated by royal families, other notabilities and celebrities worldwide.

During the last three decades Doma-Miko{aac} founded several museums, and art collections, like the first Japanese Museum at his birthplace in Hungary, and the Royal Art Collection in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Besides supporting scientific research he personally participated in an educational project of training several thousands of schoolchildren in Fiji to paint in watercolour. He has been ready to organise exhibitions with humanitarian aims and offer his paintings for charity purposes.

In 1989 he arranged an art exhibition and auction for the benefit of Kenyan handicapped children. Different awards and decorations demonstrate Doma-Mikos’ achievements in art and social sphere, like the Silver Order of King Taufaahau IV. With various prizes by the Japanese-British Friendship Association, a Gold Memorial Palette and Royal Decree from King Tupou IV as a regard for his talent as Royal Court Painter, as well as from the Travelling Ambassador of the Federation of the Holy Crown.

The Brunei Times

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Sheraton presents Royal Court Painter’s exhibition

Article from Borneo Bulletin. Published on Monday Feb, 16 2009

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The Sheraton Utama Hotel will be hosting a painting exhibition by Mr Steven Doma-Mikó starting February 16 to 21.

Mr Steven Doma-Mikó, born in Füzesgyarmat, a picturesque city of Hungary, is one of the three Royal Court Painters in the world with talent that is highly appreciated by royal families, other notabilities and celebrities in different regions.

During the last three decades Mr Doma-Mikó has founded several museums, and art collections, such as the first Japanese Museum at his birthplace in Hungary, and the Royal Art Collection in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Besides supporting scientific research he has also personally participated in an educational project of training several thousands of young school children in Fiji for painting in watercolours. He has been ready to organise exhibitions with humanitarian aims and offer his paintings for charity purposes. In 1989, he arranged an art exhibition and auction for the benefit of Kenyan handicapped children.

Different awards and decorations demonstrate Mr Doma-Miko’s achievements in the art and social sphere, like the Silver Order of King Taufa’ahau IV. With various prizes and appreciates by the Japanese-British Friendship Associate, a Gold Memorial Palette and a Royal Decree from King Tupou IV, which appreciates his contributions as a regard for his talent as Royal Court Painter, as well as from the Travelling Ambassador of the Federation of the Holy Crown.

In conjunction with the new great campaign “Lapar nyenta? Let’s go Sheraton”, the hotel has lined up exciting promotions at its outlets, such as Sheraton’s first ever Turkish Food Festival starting from February 24 until 28 with authentic dishes at Tasek Brasserie that will be prepared by the hotel’s innovative culinary experts and Guest Chef Zeki Kalayci.

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How do you become a Royal-Court painter?

anakbrunei.org, 2009. február 18., 21:34

Mr. Steven Doma-Mikó, born in Füzesgyarmat, a picturesque city of Hungary, is one of the three Royal-Court Painters in the world with talent that is highly appreciated by royal families, other notabilities and celebrities in different regions.

During the last three decades Mr. Doma-Mikó founded several museums, and art collections, like the first Japanese Museum at his birthplace in Hungary, and the Royal Art Collection in the Kingdom of Tonga.  Besides supporting scientific research he personally participated in an educational project of training several thousands of small school children in Fiji for painting in water-colours.  He has been ready to organize exhibitions with humanitarian aims and offer his paintings for charity purposes. In 1989 he arranged an art exhibition and auction for the benefit of Kenyan handicapped children.

Different awards and decorations demonstrate Mr. Doma-Miko’s achievements in art and social sphere, like the Silver Order of King Taufa’ahau IV. With various prizes and appreciates by the Japanese-British Friendship Associate, a Gold Mermorial Plalette and Royal Decree from King Tupou IV which appreciates his excels as a regard for his talent as Royal Court Painter, as well as from the Traveling Ambassador of the Federation of the Holy Crown.

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