Dorota Sadovska

Dorota Sadovská (*1973) is a Slovak visual artist who looks for a centre of gravity in well-known themes, techniques and relationships. She wants to feel her way to the unique point upon which she can balance opposites: spirituality with unconcealed physicality, symmetry with ugliness, a minimalist view with baroque astonishment. Taking recurrent themes from the history of art and thinking, she gives them a new, fresh, innovative treatment. She installs realistic paintings in three-dimensional objects and lets cut-out photographs wander about the wall. So as to create a separate presentation for potential viewers who do not feel like visiting a gallery, she uses the format of a woman’s magazine. We have seen her in a performance with real grass, or with interactive robots made of plastic waste. read more

 

Robert Bielik

Robert Bielik (*1963) is a Slovak visual artist inspired by pilgrimage and residence in Buddhist monasteries with an interest in philosophy, which makes it for him ideal to connect his personal fascination and frustration, the inner desire for freedom and independence with feelings of inertia, uncertainty and fear. His painting is characterized by a stylistic and conceptual virtuosity, which is characterized by painting precision, captivating hyper-realistic records of the apocalyptic earthly to ethereal world, sarcastic analysis of characters, and philosophical and religious superstructure of scenes. Robert’s characters are predominantly specific people, expressing or suggesting a story, often unreal, at times he also connects conflicting relationships and situations, e.g. fire can not exist in the clouds as the child can not sit with tigers. read more

 

Ilja Bílek

Ilja Bílek (*1948) is a Czech glass sculptor and over the years his artistic position has not seen any marked departures, evolving with rare consistency and without any unexpected twists or turns. From his study years at the University of Applied Arts in Prague onward, Ilja tended towards a sparse geometric language, expressed in the logically consistent construction of his works. Already in the mid-1980s, when he began to intensely pursue glass sculpture, he chose as the basis for his artistic efforts the exploration of the compositional qualities of spatial segments of molten glass and glass panels. Avoiding stereotypes of the repetition of any time-tested formulas, he instead searches for original ways of bringing together opposing principles, methodically rethinking new forms of composition.   read more

 

Lothar Böttcher

Born to German immigrant in Lothar Böttcher (*1973) grew up on a small holding on the outskirts of Pretoria. After matriculating from the Deutsche Schule Pretoria he studied fine and applied arts at the Pretoria Technikon, now known as the Tshwane University of Technology. In 1994 Lothar helped build the first glass furnace for the TUT Glass Department under the guidance of David Reade. In 1997 he went to the Staatliche Glasfachschule, Hadamar, Germany to train as a glass cutter, engraver and cold worker under the tutelage of Josef Welzel and Willi Pistor. After graduating in 2000 top of his class, Lothar assisted Michael Bokrosh in Seattle working on, amongst others, Bertil Vallien, Dale Chihuly and other Seattle glass artists’ pieces. read more

 

Miroslav Cipár

Miroslav Cipár (*1935) is one of the most universal Slovak visual artists. He is engaged in painting, free graphics and book illustrations, design, monumental and branding artwork, and he is the author of sculptures, animated films and scenography. Miroslav’s artistic expression, which has not only become known at home, but also appreciated abroad, is the drawing that became a means of painting, sculpture and if we mention film, then also as well as visual – kinetic. Drawing is a tool for creating new visual and mental spaces in his creation, based on a textual, calligraphic or simple linear principle. From this we can sense the maximum harmony between the instrument, the hand and the mind of the master, as well as his unmistakable “Cipár’s line”, which consists in the stylization of simple objects..” read more

 

Igor Faško

Igor Faško (*1967)  is a German visual artist with Slovak roots and he is inspired by modernism and post-war currents. He is an architect-minded artist, so even his artwork itself does not deny that he is an architect. In his compositions are multiplied reductions of figural elements and biomorphic formations into ornamental units with a pronounced coloration. In a seemingly geometric and color-compositional disorder there is an internal architectural discipline and harmony, in particular. Characters and symbols refer to the blending of modernism and postmodernism with traces of cubist and futuristic thinking. The “eternal” theme of Igor’s works is a myth, a fantasy regarded as a reality. In his own words: “Visual art is one of the forms of interpretation of what we often can not name by words, and one way of our own understanding of us and our surroundings.”   read more

 

Ján Hrčka

Ján Hrčka (*1988) is a representative of young generation of visual artists of Slovakia with a distinctive monochromatic painting in black and white finalization, where his drawing readiness clearly stands out. Ján’s artworks can be identified in two principal circles – recordings of architectures and images of sub-culturally connoted artifacts from the environment of punk scene, pubs and beer culture. In both positions, however, with a respective level he encodes ironic sub-tones cartooning the music-cultural inspirations but also historical connections of topographies and cult architectures. In his monumental formats, Ján often leaves to purport his inclination to expressive painting with pastose texture and sporadic poly-chromatic impacts mainly in red or in silver glazing.  read more

 

Oliver Leššo

Oliver Leššo (*1973) is a Slovak optical glass architect, who since his youth has been inspired by aquariums – within the geometrical confines of their form, there exists ceaseless movement. This principle of change and dynamism within a simple form has become one of his central motifs. During his studies he focused on exploiting the optical qualities of glass, creating cut-glass objects of simple, geometric forms – e.g. cubic forms with cut lentil shapes whose number was then multiplied through the illusion of mirror reflections. A revelation to Oliver was the process of kiln-casting technique, where pieces of glass rods are fused in a mould, as a result forming an irregular texture within the cut-glass object. read more

 

Marek Ormandík

Marek Ormandík (*1968) is a Slovak visual artist who is engaged in painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics and illustrations. As a painter he is a figuralist, and the main theme of Marek’s paintings is not human figure as such but pictures of human affections. The underlaying task in them play expression, passion, emotion, word, what can be very imprecise and provocative to describe affections. Marek’s figures are like a human face, but not one, paraphrasing a philosopher, which we ask, what he thinks, but always and always only the face we ask what does it feel, what is going on, what is happening to it. As he explains: “… I take it only as a figure that can carry some emotion … ” Marek’s effort is always to capture the expression, and it is astonishing with what urgency do his figures appeal on the viewer.  read more

 

Bettina Schülke

Bettina Schülke (*1967) is an Austrian artist working on the intersection of art, science and technology. She has exhibited widely, for example at the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, GR; De Winkelhaak Design Museum, Antwerp, BE; Kemi Art Museum; Lume Mediakeskus, Helsinki; Galeria Valo at the Arktikum Museum and Arctic Science Centre, Rovaniemi, FI; the MAK-nite (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemorary Art), Vienna, AT; and textile works at the Austrian Pavilion at the 8.th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, IT. Schülke has worked on international collaborative projects, participated in conferences, workshops, festivals, events and has recurrently been teaching in Finland and Austria. 2017 she completed her practice based doctoral research TRANSACTION as INTERACTION: Art as an Extended Sense of Space, at the University of Lapland, FI.  read more 

 

Jakub Špaňhel

Jakub Špaňhel (*1976) is a significant representative of Czech contemporary visual art. During his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, led by Milan Knížák and Jiří David, he already began to be a sought-after author among collectors. In his works he displays traditional themes that have a strong personal value for him. It confronts them with a natural gesture and a reduced form, thus rendering the essence and energy of the things depicted. The painter’s abbreviation and the manuscript brilliancy are the determining and cognitive features of the artist’s paintings. Špaňhel painted in cycles in which he always takes on one theme and is always presented in a painting way, whether it is a temple space, flowers, acts, gas stations, banks, chandeliers, chairs or butterflies. read more

 

Jozef Srna

Jozef Srna (*1979) is a Slovak visual artist representing the generation of the newly discovered painting of the millennium who creates almost exclusively oil paintings. He is influenced by traditional and proven themes from historical paintings, which he appropriates and interprets in his own way, yet he is immersed in today’s reality. This conflict is present in his painting style which combines his attempts at duplicating the old masters with the gestures, expressions, anarchy and disharmony of today’s world. His genre and expressions go “against the stream” while the themes he selects and the way he paints is uncompromising. With an unadulterated approach to format and figure, he transmits in monumental works obscure scenes of the moral dereliction of the human, while these often multi-figural compositions comment on topical issues in society.  read more

 

Ján Vasilko

Ján Vasilko (*1979) is a Slovak visual artist who speaks to us through the expression of pure surfaces and elementary shapes, on the interface of abstraction and figurative art and this is why his work is characterized by flat geometrical abstraction. As a confessor of the struggle against the logic of the world, he has become a proficient constructor of painting or a designer of visual architecture. The form of the work is beaten with its content in unexpected harmony. Ján enjoys the inaccurability of the contents of his works, and deliberately encrypts the scene, as explained in his words: “I just don’t want that anybody will understand it!” The heroes of his paintings appear as hybrids of industrial elements and machinoids. Everything is supervised by Vasilko’s god of the machine, deux ex machina, an improbable figure, device, mechanism or apparatus.     read more

 

Christian Zillner

Christian Zillner (*1959) is an Austrian visual artist who in his pictures creates biblical places, very complex philosophical questions of ontology, the mythological and the factuality of the fiction to deliver. In his creation process, he is concerned with a question of what comes out of painting, if one has no role model, no clear narrative, no message or thesis, not even an idea and there are no pre-drawings or studies around. What is already in the world, he does not need to paint. In his own words: “For me, the act of painting is a trance-like process, in the course of which many images emerge like on a film, which are constantly overpainted, until finally a picture clicks into the place. Most of the time the result, although it shows something recognizable, is incomprehensible to me. But it is obvious that mythology, mysticism and metaphysics play a big role in my painting.”  read more

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