Contemporary Visual Artist - Mixed Media - 2D & 3D
I am a contemporary artist working principally with natural stone and smalti glass. My practice increasingly delves into visual explorations of personal reflections on human emotions, their complexity, origins and consequences through the shapes and lines of the human form resulting in primarily monochromatic semi-abstract figurative relief-sculptures.
The “im-perfections” and organic formations of the natural stone provide me with a platform for investigating their potential for beauty and narrative in my artistic enquiry. The mosaic technique allows me to create and experiment with a multitude of shapes and configurations through piecing together and composition of form (with emphasis on line, texture, dimension, depth, pattern and, to a certain extent, colour) and subsequently allowing the concept to evolve.
A continuum of artistic dialogues with the figurative art ranging from Cycladic, Etruscan and pre-columbian to the 20th century modernism as well as that of my contemporaries is another underlying aspect of my work. Echoes of these dialogues can be traced in my work in the choice of minimalist forms or arrangements which together with the primordial properties of the natural stone enable me to express the raw quality often of a singular emotion captured in a moment in time.
Originally from Slovakia (Bratislava), I have lived in Australia for more than 20 years and commenced practicing art in 2014 at my studio located west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Most of the sandstone used in my artworks is also sourced from this area. My work has been exhibited in Australia and collected both in Australia and Europe. In 2017, I was awarded 3rd prize in the Royal Easter Show for “Memory Metamorphosis” piece and was highly commended for “Terra” triptych at the National Exhibition of Mosaic Association of Australia and New Zealand (MAANZ). I am currently completing Master of Art at University of New South Wales (COFA).