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Viktor Frešo

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Birth place
Bratislava, Slovakia
Place of work
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About artist

Between 1999-2001 Viktor Frešo studied at the Studio of Sculpture in the class of Jozef Jankovič and Ján Hoffstädter at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava. Later (between 2001-2005), he transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he first studied painting in the class of Vladimír Skrepl and subsequently new media in the class of Michael Bielicky.


He re-evaluated his view of the contemporary fine arts scene already when he started studying classical sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, which led to his abandoning the use of traditional materials and media. At the same time he started working primarily with self-portraits, for which he used various media and the outcome of his exploring was his thesis project entitled Who Is the King? In this photographic series he lets himself be photographed by famous personalities such as Václav and Dagmar Havel, Iva Janžurova, Karel Gott or Milan Knížák, as a prototype of a young successful person, the symbol of whom is a formal suit. It’s about some sort of “parasitisation” on the media fame of the above personalities, which, in addition to questions about authorship, media image and the curator extent of the whole, is the basic concept of this project. He develops other possibilities of self-portrait also on a text level – most often signs on the walls of galleries. At his exhibition in Košice in 2007 he made three signs in the gallery – Rád maľujem, Rád sprejujem, Rád oblepujem (I like painting, I like spraying, I like taping) – always carried out in the given media, which are the simplest records of his relationship to the mentioned creative activities. The series of signs Bol som tu (I was here) (2006-2007) was originally preceded by the artist’s reflection about the specifics of East European way of thinking, where he reached the conclusion that that particularity is the desire to reach the greatest effect, while exerting the least amount of effort possible.


Based on this conclusion, he did several exhibitions – for example in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Serbia, using this code name always in the local language. His probably most courageous, most internal and most intimate self-portrait is his cycle of texts in the form of tables (What Helped Me When, 2005), where the artist reveals his most personal problems and simultaneously uncovers his therapies, which he applies in solving them. His intention is not only for the viewer to have a visual experience, but also to have a possibility to identify with the artist’s problems and use his specific advice. The peak of this gradual etherealizing of his self-portraits are his small interventions into gallery space, which have the image, for example, of just one sprayed line (Do Not Write Anything About Me, You Motherfucker, 2007).


Through these small, but also larger interventions into gallery space, he creates a clear and direct attack at the viewer, which is very precisely aimed – whether it is the bar in the door that prevents passing through (Aren’t You Possibly Too Old, 2007), or his minimalistic performances (Reaction. The Finalist of the Oskár Čepan Award, 2009). Other significant areas of this artist’s work include conceptual sculpture, installations, working with picture, but also classical painting and performances.

Author of the annotation
Jakub Král



2003-2005 Academy of Fine Arts, atelier of New Media, Michael Bielicky
2001-2003 Academy of Fine Arts, atelier of Painting, Vladimír Skrepl
1999-2001 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Jozef Jankovič, Ján Hoffstädter

Meulensteen Art Centre, Daglicht, Eindhoven
Visegrad Symposium, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov
MuseumsQuartier, Tranzit, Wien
Kultur AXE, Gižycko, Poland
AIR CRUISER, Ustí nad Labem, Dunaújvaros, Leipzig, Graz


Solo exhibitions
Conceptual Hobby, Gallery JAMA, Ostrava
Pure For You, Gallery Komart, Berlin

Cataratas de Freso, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Maison de la Plage, Domaine du Rayol, Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, France
Μεταμορφώσεις Βσλ Χβλ, Soga, Bratislava
Buena Europa, Sindicatura Nacional de Argentina, Buenos Aires
Eastern Connector, Prinz Prager Gallery, Prague
CONNECTION, East Slovak Gallery, Košice

VFINDC, Gallery Koloman Sokol, Washington D.C., USA
FRESOVSODE, Gallery Soda, Bratislava

Something About ART, Galerie U Dobrého pastýře, Brno
POP-FIX, Mestská galéria Rimavská Sobota, Rimavská Sobota
POP-MOP, Aukčná spoločnost Soga, Bratislava

VIKTOR FREŠO IN CHICAGO, Open concept gallery, Grand Rapids

Nemám rád jazz, ale mám rád Traditional club, Trnava
VIKTOR FREŠO: Don't write anything about me, you cunt!, Gallery Art Factory, Praha
VIKTOR FREŠO: Retrospektíva, NOC, Bratislava

VIKTOR FREŠO v Košiciach ta ne?, Gallery MAKE UP, Košice
Way not?, Polus City Center, Bratislava

WHO IS THE KING?, Trnava, Nitra, Bratislava, České Budějovice, Košice

VIKTOR FREŠO IN THE SPACE, Galéria Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava

VIKTOR FREŠO V ŽILINE, Povážská galéria umenia v Žiline, Žilina, SK

SK-CZK.3-2.3, Gallery CO14, Praha

CLOSED, Gallery CO14, Praha, CZ

VERNISÁŽ, Artforum, Bratislava, SK

JA A ON, Cultural Center, Bratislava, SK
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Rassegna Internazionale D’arte, San Crispino, Italy
Hommage a Peter Strassner III, Bratislava
ČESKO-SLOVENSKÉ HVĚZDY II, Gallery Miroslav Kubík, Litomyšl
TRKO, Trienále súčasného obrazu, Kunsthalle Košice
BODY VARU, Bludny kámen, Opava
Identification Code of Slovakia, Bratislava
Smalt art, Gallery Gong: Vítkovice, Ostrava
Creative Zone on Pohoda Festival, Trenčín
Opening of the new Kunsthalle, Unveiling of the public sculpture, Košice
Open Studio, Bratislava
Socha a objekt XVIII. Dom Umenia, Bratislava
CITY CODE, Slovak institute, Moscow - Šeremetevský palác, Sankt Peterburg
Ba City Beat Festival, Bratislava
Perla dell Adriatico, Kursaal, grottamarea Italy
Podozrivý voľný čas, Open Gallery, Bratislava
BINDERFRESH, Wen Two Like You, House of art, Bratislava

Pod jedličkou, Gallery NOVA, Bratislava
Christmas Bestseller 4, SODA gallery, Bratislava
Práce na papieri, Gallery Z, Bratislava
The Journey to St. Petersburg, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin
The Real Emotions at Muzeul Naţional de Artă Cluj, Romania
Crazycurators Biennale 4, Bratislava, gallery Space, Bratislava
Hommage a Peter Strassner II, Bratislava
Intensivstation: Konzeptkunst aus Osteuropa,
Endstation St. Josef, Königswinter
Sbírka Marek, Moravská galerie, Brno
Nové drevo. SNG on Pohoda Festival, Trenčín
We are still alive. Danubiana, Bratislava
Socha a objekt XVII. Bratislava
Binderfresh, Keď sa dvaja maju radi. Mestska galéria Rimavská Sobota
Balkón na Kudlákovej 5, Galéria Cypriána Majerníka. Bratislava
Výstava zo zbierok MGRS: Mestska galéria Rimavská Sobota
Zéró évek, Modern és Kortárs Művészeti Központ. Debrecen
Hommage a Markus Prachensky, Danubiana. Bratislava
ObraSKovo nanovo: Tatranska galerie. Poprad

I Like, Binderfresh, Kressling Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Zero Years, Dom umenia, Bratislava, SK
Bienale maľby III, Rimavská Sobota, SK
Binderfrresh, Animal live Tour, Oskár Čepan Award 2011, Bratislava, SK
Binderfresh, Fru Fru Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Binderfresh, Nuit Blanche, Košice, SK
Sedmokrásky a klony, Slovenská národná galéria, Bratislava, SK
HOMMAGE À PICASSO, Galerie de l'Institut Français, Bratislava, SK
Zero Years, Považska galérie umenia v Žiline, Žilina, SK
L´Art Goulache, River Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Socha a objekt XVI., Bratislava, SK
ObraSKov, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, CZ
AMoYA, Museum of young Art, Praha, CZ
VI. Nový zlínský salón 2011, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín, CZ
ELE-MENTAL GESTURES, Gallery Meetfactory, Praha, CZ
The Opening of permanent display open Depository, Cyprián Majerník Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Současná slovenská geometrie 2, Galerie města Plzně, Plzeň, CZ
La Part Manquante, Galerie Michel Journiac, Paris, F
Binderfresh, AM180: Prague

Kassapoint, Košice, SK
Yeasty medium, Slovak Photography 1990–2010, Bratislava, SK
Mobilnale, Praha, CZ
Nuit Blanche, Košice, SK
Nenápadné médium, Galéria Cypriána Majerníka, Bratislava, SK
Art-now, Kasárne Kulturpark, Košice, SK
Socha a objekt XV., Bratislava, SK
KAS IR ČECHU MAKSLA, Kulturas centra Ilgumciems, Riga, Latvia
Scharfer blick, heises blut, Galerie des Slowakischen Institut, Berlin, D
/+\=X, Cape Town, South Africa
Formate der Transformation 89-09, Museum auf Abruf, Wien, A
Nenápadné médium, Východoslovenská galéria, Košice, SK
12X12 Covers Exhibition, 66 gallery, Praha, CZ

BIENÁLE MAĽBY II., Mestská galéria Rimavská Sobota, Rimavská Sobota, SK
1st Danube Biennale, Danubiana, Bratislava, SK
V4 sympozium, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Česky Krumlov, CZ
Formáty transformace, Dům umění města Brna, Brno, CZ
DIPMASTER III, Galerie Stephanie Bender, München, D
Finisaž vystavy finalistov Čepána, Vychodoslovenská galéria, Košice, SK
INTERTEXT, Galéria Jána Koniarka v Trnave, Trnava, SK
Socha a objekt XIV., Bratislava, SK
FINALIST OF Oskar Čepán Award 2009, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK

Open Office, Aircraft Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Nenápadné médium, Považská galéria umenia v Žiline, Žilina, SK
SKÚTER II, Bienále mladého umenia, Trnava, SK
Black & White, Bratislava, SK
Stálá expozice sbírky moderního a současného umění, Národní galerie v Praze, Praha, CZ
Olejomaľba, Galéria Cypriána Majerníka, Bratislava, SK
Fifty- Fifty Group, Gallery NOD, Praha, CZ
New Entry, Kressling Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Contact, Contemporay Norwieg and Slovak Art, Oslo, Norway
ENTROPA, Teamwork on the Project with David Černy, Bruxelles, B

Olejomaľba/Oil Painting, Rimavská Sobota, SK
The language of homour, Aukčná spoločnosť Soga, Bratislava, SK
1960 --> present time / slovak art + czech hosts, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, CZ
Jeune creation 08, Exposition internationale grande halle de la villette, Paris, F
CONTACT - Contemporary Norwegian and Slovak Art, Bratislava, SK
VIDEOART IS DEAD, Galerie Cell, Praha, CZ
Egoart, Case History, Banská Bystrica, SK
INTRO 518 TEI 69 TEŽ TEI 180 BONUS Q TRACK!, Karlin studios, Praha, CZ
Egoart, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, Wien, Bratislava, Budapest
Český videoart, Po kunde ti upadne pero, Kino Aero, Praha, CZ
Movement under Blava, Site Specific Projekt, Bratislava, SK

XYXX, Karlin studios, Praha, CZ
CZECHPOINT 2, Povážsá galéria umenia v Žiline, Žilina, SK
Bio-power 2: C2C Gallery, Praha, CZ
S.O.S, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
A4 - Sonata egoisticka, Popshop performance, Bratislava, SK
Jesť sa musí, Nitrianska galéria, Nitra, SK
Bio-power, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
Just between us, Karlin studios, Praha, SK
POHODA Festival, Trenčín, SK
SKÚTER - prvé bienále sučastného slovenského umenia, Trnava, SK
HDP, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Praha, CZ
¼ MAGYAR, Liget Gallery, Budapest, HU
Moc - Dominancia, Stredoslovenská galéria Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica, SK
PitoreSKa, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, CZ
Autovize, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, Praha, CZ

Bazár, Gallery Space, Bratislava, SK
Fifty-Fifty group - Chaplin resident fighter, FUTURA, Praha, CZ
Sell me buy me, Galerie U Dobrého pastýře, Brno, CZ
CZECHPOINT, Galerie NoD, Praha, CZ
Memory day, Umelecka beseda Slovenska, Bratislava, SK
Transfer, Muzej savremene umenosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia
Autobiographies, Secession, Wien, A
For some seeds the meal is the end of the journey, Tranzit, Bratislava, SK
AIR CRUISER, Dunaújvaros, HU
AIR CRUISER, Ustí nad Labem, CZ
Cibulák, Divadelny festival, Pezinok, SK
RUNAWAY, Gallery SPACE, Bratislava, SK
AIR CRUISER, Forumstatpark, Graz, A
Fifty-Fifty group - Ostblock, Wienstations, Wien, A
Fifty-Fifty group - Open studio, MuseumsQuartier, Wien, A
Fifty-Fifty group - presentation, MuseumsQuartier, Wien, A
Office art, C2c Gallery, Praha, CZ
Chlap, hrdina, duch, stroj – Egoart, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK

Bazár, Gallery Space, Bratislava, SK
Beauty free shop, Jungmannova ulice, Praha, CZ
Sell me buy me, AVU Gallery, Praha, CZ
Slovensky mýtus, Slovenská národná galéria, Bratislava, SK
EGOART - 100 rokov reality,Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Bratislava, SK
Market, Bratislava, SK
Hodokvas festival, Pezinok, SK
Beru si to osobne, Narrow Focus, Tranzit, Bratislava, SK
Vystava diplomovych prací, Veletržní palác, Národní galerie v Praze, Praha, CZ
Viktor Frešo kurátor, Žilina, Nitra, Trnava, Bratislava, SK
Blaspheme me - Utopiebaustelle Theaterplatz, Wiemar, Germany.
Konceptuální a intermediální tvorba, Praha, CZ
Artist Bienale, Hong Kong, China
Markéta Vanková, Praha, CZ

Bazár, Gallery Space, Bratislava, SK
FOUR ROSES - Azorro group, Little Warshav, Kamera skura, Kunst-Fu, Bialystok, Poland
BINDERFRESH - Autogramiáda, DK Vajnorská, Bratislava, SK
HOME PAGE, Daubner Gallery, Praha, CZ
Istroart, Galéria Medium: Bratislava, SK
BINDERFRESH - Erik Binder, Viktor Frešo, Bratislava, SK
Hodokvas festival, Pezinok, SK
Workshop Kultur AXE, Gižycko, Poland
XXX party, Nevertogether - Skrepl, Frešo, Mucska, Moyzes, Praha, CZ
Error 1- Out of space, Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK
Otváranie cementárne, Banská Bystrica, SK
Ber si to osobne, Praha
European media festival, Osnabrück, Germany.
New Media Art Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
INTERNET FOR FREE - Egoart, Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK

SCULPTURE GRANDE – Egoart, Václavské náměstí, Praha, CZ
PRIVEĽA VÝNIMIEK, Povážská galéria umenia v Žiline, Žilina, SK
Výstava ateliéru Vladimíra Skrepla, Košice, SK
UNINISE - Mário Chromy, Viktor Frešo, Bratislava, CZ
WORKSHOP - The school of the art institute of Chicago, Prague, CZ
281m2, Galerie Václava Špály, Praha, CZ

EGOART, V-klub, Bratislava, SK
HEAVY METAL FOR SALE, Gallery Buryzon, Bratislava,SK
JOJO EFEKT, České Budějovice, CZ



Viktor Frešo (ed.), Viktor Frešo, Bratislava 2010.

Viktor Frešo (ed.), Viktor Frešo II, Bratislava 2011.



Jakub Král, Viktor Frešo: Myslím, že sme v peknej prdeli… (rozhovor), Artalk, www.artalk.cz/2011/12/22/myslim-ze-sme-v-peknej-prdeli%e2%80%a6/, 22.12.2011.



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