Jul 23, 2021

Blooming Cherry, Indefinite Clouds @ Šopa gallery, Košice, Slovakia

 My solo show at Šopa gallery has just recently ended so here are some installation pics. 

Also above is me and the show's curator and the gallery directress Petra Housková giving speech at the opening. 

At the exhibition entitled Blooming Cherry, Indefinite Clouds, I presented the latest works with the features of a graphic experiment, inspired by a residency in Tokyo and the Japanese woodcut technique ‘ukiyo-e‘. I have been developing sudden and random revelations of eternal questions about the last meaning of life in typical, complicated compositions. The set of multi-layered woodcuts is complemented by smaller formats given by a simple but distinctive relief drawing.

You can read more about the show in Slovak here 

Check out the gallery's website and their outstanding international programme.

The exhibitions of this gallery and the realization of the author’s work in the form of a stipendium is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council.

Slovak Arts Council is the main partner of the project.

The project is also financially supported by City Košice.

Dec 28, 2020

Artist Residency @ Youkobo Art Space Tokyo Dec 2018 - Jan 2019


Wonderfully, I was selected to participate in a two month artist residency programme at the Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo last year. Here's a sneak peak of some images that preceded and inspired my current practice. I've been working on new woodcuts - paintings which are going to be shown at the Šopa gallery in Košice, Slovakia, in May 2021.

          Here's a link to the Youkobo Art Space. 



Sound of Waves @ Park Hotel Tokyo

 Pocko London has put together this great show featuring internationally renowned Japanese and European artists from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds. Pairing up artists in a 'creative blind date' created a dialogue where new artworks - collaboration between strangers showed how artistic connection can fuel growth and fruitful ideas. 

I'm happy I was teamed with Japanese photographer Ichiro Kono <3

read about the project here

Malé spúšte / Small Triggers @ Altán Klamovka Prague


Altán Klamovka, Prague
Svetlana Fialová: Small Triggers
The opening will take place on April 30, 2019 from 6 pm.

The exhibition will run until May 18, 2019.

Curator of Gallery: Lenka Sýkorová
Accompanying program on May 18, 2019: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – animation workshop for children, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – commented viewing of the exhibition and the exhibition activity of Klamovka Pavilion.

Svetlana Fialová graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Košice (the Studio of Graphics and Experimental Artwork led by prof. Rudolf Sikora), from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (the Studio of Painting led by doc. Vladimír Skrepl) and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (the Studio +iXXI led by prof. Daniel Fischer, Ph.D. studies). She is the only Czech and Slovak artist to receive the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize (2013) in Great Britain. She has created her own specific drawing style that focuses on a clear outline line. She often works with a figure that she places in a chaotic composition and environment. The figure is thus lost in the real world full of Internet entertainment, procrastination and an accelerated lifestyle. She likes to experiment and went through different periods where she expressed herself through graphics, painting and installation.

In the Altán Klamovka Gallery she exhibits a new project that is called Malé spúšte (Small Triggers) and portrays flashes from the past that often seems dead to us yet it still affects our present. This unease, the personal experience of the author, who for some time lived nearby the Altán Klamovka Gallery, and the analysis of newly acquired family relationships have become inspirational sources for her exhibited cycle. Svetlana Fialová’s artwork also reflects her recent experience from residing in Japan where she was fascinated by the issues of truthfulness, personal autonomy and the position of women in society. The artist hid specific metaphors of pop-culture in her cycle of drawings where she deliberately cites fragments from old master painters’ artwork and combines them with current elements of visual communication. She skillfully translates, through sketches, this combination of styles into a winding drawing that has no beginning and no end. She develops her typical drawing with a clear and distinct line against comics drawings in figurative motifs, referring to the Internet sub-culture and a special mythology in two-dimensional drawings where she likes to work with a distorted perspective. The freezing of a moment and its translation into drawing is important for Svetlana Fialová because she considers drawing a medium that makes it possible to quickly record an idea and to express it in the most direct way.

Lenka Sýkorová