Zemka Carra is an award winning artist known for her lively watercolors and
Oil paintings. Born in Zagreb, Croatia she can always remember having a great
appreciation for beauty, expression, and a love of art. Zemka's work is both
representational and expressionistic and has been exhibited in the New York
Metropolitan area. Many of her paintings were done on commission and others
can be found in private collections.
Her career began as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in Croatia, but her desire
to be an artist enabled her to use her talent as a tool for art therapy. By using
modalities like ceramics, modeling clay and painting, Zemka was able to
encourage her patients to use the free expression of art in order to develop
psycho-social and physical abilities that allowed them to successfully increase
their independent living skills.
Zemka emigrated to the United states in 1970 and continued her career as
an Occupational Therapist but continued to pursue her love of painting and
photography. Now in retirement, she devotes all her time to her love of art.
Zemka lives in Manhattan on the LES with her husband Mario Carra, also an
artist and they have a son Denis, a talented musician. She received her art
education in Zagreb with Professor Zoltan Gabor at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Here in the United States, she studied Animation with Phil Simkin,at York
College, Photography with and Sculpture at LaGuardia Community College,LIC
and at the Educational Alliance in NYC, Watercolors at the National Art League-
Douglaston NY with Edgar A. Whitney followed with Oil Painting study at
the Art Students League with Isaac Sayer and David Leffel.
Art Memberships include:
Salmagundi Club
Composers, Authors and Artists of America (CAAA)
National Association of Women Artist (NAWA)
Photographic Society of America (PSA)
Awards Received:
Travel Exhibit Award WSOAE Fall 1979
Kings Bay Boys' Club, Inc. Ladies Auxialiary, WSOAE Fall 1980
Washington Square Business and
    Professional Women's Club Award WSOAE Fall 1981
Irene C. Kenney Award WSOAE Spring 1982
Prize Winner CAAA (Composers, Authors & Artist of America) 1992
Effie Bowie Award CAAA (Composers, Authors & Artist of America) Summer 1998
N.A.W.A Inc First Prize, Small Works Exhibition, Winter 2014
Recent Exhibitions:
2014      EV(e)OLUTION IV-"Envision Perseverance",
                The Riverside Branch NY Public Library, NYC
2014      "Visions Of The Mind", HUB-Robeson Center, PA 16802, USA
2014     "Small Works Exhibition", N.A.W.A  NYC
2013     "National Photography Competition Summer 2013", SOHO PHOTO NYC
2013     "124 Annual Exhibition", The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery. NYC