Works in Bratislava, studio located in Nová Cvernovka
photo by Jana Budaiová
2007 - 2011
School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, (Visual art, prof. Marian Meško)
2012 - 2016
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, (Painting in 4. Atelier, prof. Ivan Csudai, akad. mal.)
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, (Painting in Atelier +-XXl, prof. Daniel Fischer, akad. mal.)
Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, (Painting in Atelier "Dvaja/Two", Mgr. art. Rastislav Podhorský; Mgr. art. Martin Špirec, ArtD)
2016 "Meet God by the River", DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2016 "Hibiscus Horcrux", Art Café, Banská Štiavnica, SK
2017 "The speaking fingers of Trees/Hovoriace prsty stromov". DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2018 "Byť lesom/To be a forest", Atelier Xlll, Bratislava, SK
2021 "OPEN STUDIO", Zborovňa - Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava, SK
2021 "Dych lesa/The forest´s breath", Galéria 19, Bratislava, SK
2021 "Nekonečný strom/The Endless Tree", Turčianska Galéria v Martine, SK
2022 "Levitujúca neistota", Galéria Slávia, Košice, SK
2022 "Jedna z tých krajších nocí/One of those nicer nights", A7 Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
2022 "Light like a broken tree", Galéria Výklad, Trnava, SK
2023 "Ode to the conifers", Blu:gallery, Modra, SK
2023 "Na chrbte nosím paprade", Galéria Sumec, Bratislava, SK
2013 Gallery Dunaj "Galéria~ Presents", Bratislava, SK
2016 "Doteraz, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2016 „DOT. 2016.“, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2017 „Winter Selection 6´“, Flatgallery, Bratislava, SK
2017 "Failings before final", DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2017 VUB Foundation Award for Painting for Young Artists, Nedbalka Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2019 “lv”, Galéria ABC Bratislava, SK
2019 “Buy now or cry later”, DOT. Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava SK
2019 "Piknik", Martin Luther Church, Hainburg an der Donau, AT
2021 "...na papieri 4", Galéria 19, Bratislava, (Slovakia)
2021 "Koniec sezóny OTVÁRAME!!!", Hájovňa-červená studňa, Banská Štiavnica, SK
2022 "Štyri izby/Four rooms", Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava, SK
2022 "Printing Still", Galerij Epreuve d 'Artiste, Antwerpen, BE
2022 VUB Foundation Award for Painting for Young Artists, Nedbalka Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2022 "Printing, still", Station Contemporary Art Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2022 "Christmas Party", Blu:gallery, Modra, SK
2023 "Línia Lesa", Nitrianska galéria, SK
We can be physically present in the forest, but still, we are not fully connected; we are constantly coming and going as we desire. As long we live in our confined bodies, we will never truly encounter what it means to be a forest. When we enter the forest land, our continuing evolution of the human world becomes irrelevant/invalid. That is one of the main reasons we need the nature so desperately.
Therefore, if we want a forest/nature to reveal itself in brim glory and essence, we must connect with the entirety of nature by the untroubled mind of an infant. But how to achieve this perception? I believe the forest can clear our headspace, often filled by massive cogitation. Forest has got the ability to refine our inner minds and complete us.
Within its unimaginable differences, the forest preludes the space where we can fully engage. Nature's infinite differences can strip our consciousness. We only need to enter its territory and let nature influence us. When we walk throughout the forest, absorbing its energy with our whole being, we become part of it, and everything outside our physical body influences us, serenity enters.
I work and use different mediums and techniques, sketches, drawings, and analogue photography in my artistic practice. I draw/take photos directly in the natural environment. I am collecting soil extracts from my favourite venues, taking water samples from rivers and, most importantly, gathering fallen branches. I only work and create with material found in the woodlands, fallen leaves, or the wood, using thrown Christmas trees.
I mainly depict coniferous trees, which I prefer, with no crowns or leaves. The foliage trees are not as compelling from my artistic point of view. The leafy crowns cover the skeleton of the actual tree, and from an aesthetic aspect, they all look identical. Humans sporadically ignore the trees affected by the disease or fallen trees. Nevertheless, they still belong and are part of the woodland and by those significances, they want us to pay attention to them.
In my work, you can notice repetitive motive of hanging branches, tree trunks without tree crowns and roots hanging on a thin invisible string, symbolizing imbalance uncertainty. The actual effect of the paintings creates intensity, stillness and projecting ambience experience. Nevertheless, my art reflects the level of anxieties of the current generation, which lives in a technologized society where we often find ourselves disconnected from nature. Therefore, I decided to step out from the canvas and oil paintings and hang a dominant branch directly into the woodland habitat.
My ambition is to create something visually distinctive about branches (natural materials) elements and shift attention that "dead" wood has got all the rights to remain part of the ecosystem. The branches/offshoots are decorated with oil paint and installed in their natural environment using natural materials available. Therefore, I am aware they may fall and become part of the forest after some time.
So, the branches I painted become integrated into the woodland once more.