Vlada Jakubikova & Muthu of Regular Line Santa Cruz an artists’ residency and exhibition program, , came onto KZSC’s Artists on Art, to talk about the Slovak artists that are invading Santa Cruz and the many events happening.

The Slovak Artist will be here and the residency takes place from July 3-20. Two main events are in place – an art exhibition at Apricity gallery in Tannery Arts Center and Santa Cruz Fringe Festival. We are also doing music workshops for kids at SC public library and Camp Tannery Arts.

There was a promo event at the ArtBar at the Tannery on July 5th at 4pm.

The grand Opening Reception at the Apricity Gallery is Friday July 18, 5pm – 9pp at the Tannery Arts Center, 1060 River Street, Studio #104, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Opening hours are 12-6pm during July 20, July 24-27, July 31, August 2-3 & 12-9pm on August 1st.

Two of the Artists, Zuzana Zabkova & Fero Kiraly, are also participating in the Fringe Festival. The Kick-off event is Thursday July 10 from 6:30-7pm.

Click on the More button below to get a description of the Artists.

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 1.46.15 PMERIK SILLE is an artist based in Slovakia and actively exhibiting across Europe and North America. Between 1996 -2002 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

Amongst his practice as visual artist, his acrylic paintings are identifiable by their meticulous and bold surface structure. With each painting he is telling a story, often featuring comic characters. He is inspired by contemporary everyday visual enviroment: bilboards, advertisement, television, comics, street style and videogames.​

is a Slovak multi-disciplinary artist combining videos, installation and performance. She is the 2013 winner for an Essl Art Award for Slovakia and VIG special invitation award. She was shortlisted for Oscar Cepan Award in 2013 (YVAA). Zuzana Zabkova graduated from Inter-media and Multimedia Department at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and from Dance Choreography department at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.

In her works, she often critically focuses on current common utopias and on the trial to attain them. Zabkova’s experimental and contemporary films compound the features of the avant-garde imagist films with the attributes of the Eastern-Central-European art concept. In her artworks she playfully deals with the composition of movements. She usually leaves the ideas to express themselves through the movement of the object, be it a person, a thing or herself.

FERO KIRALY was recently called “the best Slovak contemporary pianist” (Slovak Weekly Magazine, 2013). He is a musician who plants trees, likes to experiment, as well as create and recreate new works. He uses a combination of extended piano and acoustic instruments with computer software to introduce new ways of music perception. ​

As a composer he works on his own music projects. As an interpret his focus is on interpretation of Contemporary music. In Slovakia, he has premiered several works by Philip Glass, Morton Feldman and Sofia Gubaidulina. He is an active member of VENI Ensemble and the lecturer at VENI Academy. ero Kiraly studied music at the Faculty of Music and Dance, University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. Early in his studies he began playing professionally. In 2009, he founded Cluster Ensemble, dedicated to the interpretation of Contemporary Slovak and foreign composers. The Cluster Ensemble toured Slovakia and performed premiers of compositions by P. Glass, Steve Reich, M. Feldman, Earle Brown, S. Gubaidulina, John Cage, Sarunas Nakas, Milan Adamciak and others. In 2012, Kiraly recorded CD “The Immanent Velvet”, featuring piano compositions from Peter Machajdik. In 2013, he published “Botanical Garden”, a collection of music games and songs for children. He is a music critic for the magazines ENTER and the Music Life in Slovakia.

LUCIA TALLOVA has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Painting and Other Media, studio of Prof. I. Csudai. In 2010 she was awarded with the Recognition Award at Strabag Artaward International, in 2013 she won the 1st place of the Foundation Award of the Young Artists for Painting by VUB bank. She has held several solo and group exhibitions in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and other European countries.

Tallova is exploring the power of ornamental structures and decorative fragments, that are made using authentic artistic technique. This technique is based on application of embroideries and crochetings directly onto faces of canvases. Working with decorative laces means, that final works deal with specific visual qualities, but also with the expressing of an inner inexplicit content. Overlaying or superposition of these components determines sentimentality, sincere nostalgia and naive decorativism of the canvases.

Another transformative element, that defines her work is – so called “Schwarzer Regen“ – black rain, that begun to occur in her canvases during the artistic residency in Vienna in 2011. It recalls tears stained with black mascara, referring to the Women’s World. Although painting is predominant medium in the oeuvre of Tallova, she deals with drawing, printmaking and other art works.

MATEJ LACKO graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where he studied printmaking amongst other media in 2007. In 2005-2006 he studied at School of Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. There he found passion for graphic design which has become his main practice until today. His prints and painting works explore ideas of simplicity and shape.

Lacko is responsible for the visual identity of artistic group and Multimedia Space for Contemporary Culture Nástupište 1-12. He is the finalist of Slovak national award VUB Painting Competition for contemporary painters (2007, 2008) and the finalist of the international competition Linocut Today, Germany (2007). Co-founder and designer at Add Noise Books, independent publishing house founded in 2014 in Prague specialized in limited art publications, artist`s books and zines.

LENKA SRSNOVA graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where she studied fashion design. During her studies she spent semesters abroad in Paris, France and Rovaniemi, Finland. She’s one of the the most vibrant Slovak fashion designers and works with a number of young Slovak artists.

Her fashion creations are more than a clothing, they’re art itself. Her work can be characterized by a play of intense colors, patterns, attention to detail, humor and symbolism. Her outfits often teeter on the edge of reality and imagination, which gives them a unique and distinctive character. Even though she specializes in fashion, she’s also interested in illustration, movie costumes and many other creative activities. Oh, and her helmets are definitely must-have pieces on the coasts of California.

VERONIKA SRAMATYOVA is a significant representative of contemporary visual art in Slovakia. She employs neo-conceptual strategies in her work as a starting point for the implementation of action art events, demonstrating the ability to apply these strategies equally well in the medium of painting.

Between 1996 – 2003 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 2010 she achieved the Ph.D degree in Art.


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