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Svaetopluk Mikyta

First Name
Svaetopluk
Surname
Mikyta
Other names - aliases
ORAVA
Born
1973
Birth place
Čadca, ČSSR
Place of work
Ilija, Brno
Website
www.mikyta.com
Keywords
conceptual art
drawing
graphic art
installation art
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About artist

Given his date of birth Svätopluk Mikyta could be deemed a Czechoslovak artist. However, he began to apply himself to art actively only after the republics split. The origin and territory of movement is for him more important than the sources of the materials he works with, identifies with, and uses to create visual narrative. His work links two historical lines: those of Duchamp and Picasso. He borrows reproductions of books, magazines and posters as readymades and intervenes using his own drawing or graphic design. He calls these interventions overdrawings. He is motivated by considerations and not judgements. From the ruins of the postmodern upheaval in values he creates new forms in which representative period reproductions of photographs are transferred into new situations. Although he often selects the most illustrative propaganda images for his overdrawings, thanks to the manual character of his interventions his work is very personal in nature. 

The exhibition concept and the composition of individual exhibits that are then perceived as a whole is also important for Mikyta. His most recent exhibitions, The Variability of Turbo (Krokus Gallery, Bratislava, 2014) and Postmodernism and Seven Monochromes (Pollansky Gallrey, Prague, 2014), have featured a bold installation plan in which a 3D interaction plays a significant role.

A fellowshipship in Stuttgart in 1995 was important for his artistic development and kick started a period of travel around Central Europe provoked by his experience of totalitarianism and the realisation that still water can be toxic. During this period he purchased a leather suitcase with the idealistic plan to take his first exhibition to America. He achieved this aim in 2009, when after winning the Oskár Čepan Award he travelled to New York, the inspiration behind the exhibition By the Way (Photoport Gallery, Bratislava, 2009). The exhibition contained Polaroids in which his suitcase figured as his alter ego immortalised in traditional tourist cameos. 

Subsequently red interventions in black-and-white reproductions became the hallmark of his style. Generally these make reference to history, local traditional and memories that he activates by means of associative images. The potato acquires a special significance, as does the McDonald’s logo, oft-reworked by artists. This material has been summarised in the book Homo Viator containing a text by Jan Zálešák. Partial parallels with his work on the Czech scene can be found in the work of Dalibor Chatrný or the picture archives of Zbyněk Baladrán.

Author of the annotation
Denisa Bytelová
Sráč Sam

Published
2015

CV

Completion of studies, internships, creative residencies:

2012
Strabag Art Studio, residence, Vienna (A)

2011
Strabag Art Award , Vienna (A)

2009 
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Residence, New York (USA)

2008
Oskár Čepana, Tatra tiger price

2006
Program-Artists in Residence, Residence, Bern (CH)

2001–2002
DAAD-year creative scholarship, Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (D), Painting Class, Prof. Bernd Koberling

1999–2000
Academy of Fine Arts, complementary studies, studio pottery, Doc.Ivica Vidrová-Langerová

1997–1999
Academy of Fine Arts, Master, free studio colorful graphics, Doc. Vojtech Kolenčík

1996–1997
Akademie der Künste Bildenden Stuttgart, guest Studies, Freie Grafik u. Painting, Prof. Wolfgang Gäfgen and Roland Winkler (D)

1995–1996
Akademie der Künste Stuttgart Bildenden, scholarship "Künstlerwege" Freie Grafik und Malerei, Prof. Wolfgang Gäfgen (D)

1992–1997
Academy of Fine Arts, BA, free studio colorful graphics, Doc. Vojtech Kolenčík

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2015
Tichý vánok vietor prináša (s Imrichom Vanekom), Galéria NOVA, Bratislava, SK

2014
Záves a BEFEL, Galerie města Třince, Třinec, CZ
Memory Cracks, annex14 -Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Zürich, CH
Pomoderna a sedm monochromů, Polansky Gallery, Praha, CZ
Variabilita Turba, Krokus, Bratislava, SK

2013
Antykryształy, Galeria LETO, Varšava, PL
Svätopluk Mikyta - Moussa Kone, Follow the Line, Krokus Bratislava, SK
Orange Human, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest, HU

2012
Jerome Leuba – Svätopluk Mikyta, annex 14, Bern, CH
The colours moving, The Goma, Madrid, ES
Society, Utopie und Stilleben, Strabag Artlounge, Wien, AT

2010
Visit, Gallery ZPAF-IS-KA, Krakow, PL
Unmitte, GALERIE DANA CHARKASI Wien, AT

2009
MIKYTA*1973 / VANEK*1931, Nitrianska galéria, Nitra. SK
Dirty Memories, Galerie BKC, Brno, CZ
By the way, Photoport Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Ungewöhnliche Möglichkeiten, annex 14, Bern, CH
MIKYTA- Drawings, PS 122 Gallery, New York
NATUREHUMANCITY, Emmanuel Walderdorff Gallery, Cologne, DE

2008
Dirty Wall, The Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ

2007
Tristo hrmených, Galéria Medium Bratislava, SK

2006
TRIDSAŤTRI, Emmanuel Walderdorff Gallery, Cologne, DE
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
2015
Tekutá múza, Slovenská národná galéria, Bratislava, SK

2014
To snad ani nemůže být pravda, Galerii Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
Turning Points, Maďarská národná galéria, Budapešť, HU
Dve krajiny, Slovenská národná galéria, Bratislava, SK
Letná výstava 2014, Krokus, Bratislava, SK
Slowakische Mythologien, Galerie für Zeitgenösissche Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
Haunting Monumentality II, Club Electroputere Craiova, Bukurešť, RO
Kruhové trosky, Galéria MeetFactory, Praha, CZ
Pan Much, Richard Adam Gallery, Brno, CZ

2013
Vzpomínky na budoucnost II, Dum umení mesta Brno, CZ
Podozrivý voľný čas, Open Gallery Bratislava, SK

2012
Apropriation III./ Aneignung – Soziokulturelle Prägungen, Fotogalerie Wien, AT
Haunting Monumentality, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
Delete, Slovak National Gallery Bratislava, SK
Interview II, Nitra gallery, Nitra, Slovak Republic

2011
Reworking Memories, Svätopluk Mikyta, Agneska Polska, Nika Neelowa, Federica Schiavo Gallery Rome, IT
Flashbulb memory, STUDIO Gallery, Budapest, HU
PASSION OF AN ORNITHOLOGIST. ON MYTH MAKING, BWA Sokol Gallery, Nowy Sacz, PL
Formats of Transformation 89.09, MUSA, Vienna, AT
Barricade of Dreams, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Young European Landscape, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Germany

2010
There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past, ISCP New York, USA

2009
Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild, Kunsthalle Krems, AT
Nenápadné médium, Museum of Art Zilina, SK
PRAGUE BIENNALE 4, Prague, CZ
Contact/ Kontakt, City Hall Gallery, Oslo, NOR
Open studios, ISCP, New York, USA

2008
Nič než národ, with Radko Mačuha and Marek Piaček, Open Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Slovak Image (Anti-image), Slovak visual art of 20th. century, NG Prague, CZ
The Oskár Čepan Award 2008 – finalists, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, SK
23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2008, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ
Politische Ikonografie, Gallery Jette Rudolph, Berlin, DE

2007
Slovak Myth, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ

2006
Autopoesis, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
22 minutes 50,28 seconds, Gallery Art Factory, Prague, CZ
Man, hero, spirit, machine, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
Les beaux ideals, Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, GJK, Trnava, CZ

2005
Slovak Myth, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Permanent Romanticism, City Gallery Bratislava, SK
Collections
MUDAM Collection, Luxemburg, L
Zabludowicz Collection, London, GB
Museum uzitkových umení, Praha, CZ
Slovenská národná galéria, SK
Galéria mesta Bratislavy, SK
Nitrianska Galéria, Nitra, SK
Stredoslovenská galéria, Banská Bystrica, SK
Galéria M.A. Bazovského, SK
Oravská galéria, Dolný Kubín, SK
Súkromné zbierky na Slovensku, v Čechách, v USA, Rakúsku, Nemecku, Taliansku, Anglicku, Maďarsku, Belgicku, Švajčiarsku, Japonsku.

Monography

Monography

Svätopluk Mikyta Pre – kresby / Re – drawings, vydanie prvé, Bratislava 2006, Vydavateľ Svätopluk Mikyta a HIKHOK Culture, str. 51, ISBN: 80-969630-4-X

Svätopluk Mikyta and Johannes Schlichting DIES NATALIS, vydanie prvé, Bratislava 2004, Vydavateľ Svätopluk Mikyta, str. 22, ISBN: 80-969399-6-3

Articles

2011
INTER - VIEW 2

2011
Šestý Nový zlínský salón 2011 / 6th New Zlin Salon 2011 (Společná přehlídka současného českého a     slovenského umění / Joint exhibition of contemporary Czech and Slovak visuat art)

2009
donumenta 2009 – Slovakia

Formáty transformace 89 - 09 / Formats of transformation 89 - 09 (Sedm pohledů na novou českou     a slovenskou identitu / Seven views on the new Czech and Slovak identity)

Prague Biennale 4 / Prague Biennale Photo 1

2005
IV. Nový zlínský salon 2005 / IV. New Zlín salon 2005 (První přehlídka současného českého a      slovenského výtvarného umění / The first review of contemporary Czech and Slovak visual art)

2004
7. Mezinárodní sympozium malby pod glazuru (Tradice a možnosti 2004)

2002
Slovník českých a slovenských výtvarných umělců 1950 - 2002 (VIII. Man – Miž)

Photo

Center for Contemporary Arts Prague www.fcca.cz 2006-2015
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