Svätopluk Mikyta

Mikyta's works make reference to the political iconography of socialist mass movements and to the nationalist and religious symbols of Eastern Europe. By means of over-drawings and collage-like alienations he "doubles" their seductive aesthetic and exposes the political manipulation of images, the impact of which is still being felt today. Sometimes his interventions, with a pen and often with red paint, are scarcely perceptible, sometimes they are so refined that they give rise to something totally new in terms of both composition and theme. Mikyta usually produces cycles of works which are intended to be hung in groups and conjure up associations with history and personal stories due to their open-ended correlations.


born 1973 in Čadca, Czechoslovakia
lives and works in Ilija (SK) and in Brno (CZ)

2001-2002, DAAD: 1-year creative scholarship, Berlin University of the Arts, Prof. Bernd Koberling
1999-2000, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, additional study, ceramic studio Doc.Ivica Vidrová-Langerová
1997-1999, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Magister, graphic studio Doc. Vojtech Kolenčík
1995-1997, The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, painting studio Prof. Wolfgang Gäfgen
1992-1995, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Bachelor, graphic studio Doc. Vojtech Kolenčík



2018, Umbra Ornamentianae, Gallery of Levoča, SK
2017, PRESS, Krokus Gallery, SK
2016, ORNAMENTIANA, Fait Gallery, Brno, CZ
2016, EXPORT IMPORT | commodification, DIVUS, London, UK
2015, Tichý vánok vietor prináša (with Imrich Vanek), NOVA Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2015, Homo Viator Sky, Brody ArtYard, Budapest, HU
2014, The Drapery and BEFEL, Třinec City Gallery, CZ
2014, Memory Cracks, annex14 -Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Zürich, CH
2014, Pomoderna and seven monochroms, Polansky Gallery, Prague, CZ
2014, Variabilita Turba, Krokus, Bratislava, SK
2013, Anticrystals, LETO Gallery, Warsaw, PL
2013, Svätopluk Mikyta - Moussa Kone, Follow the Line, Krokus Bratislava, SK
2012, Orange Human, Deák Erika Gallery, Budapest, HU
2012, Jerome Leuba – Svätopluk Mikyta, annex 14, Bern, CH
2012, The colours moving, The Goma, Madrid, ES
2012, Society, Utopie und Stilleben, Strabag Artlounge, Wien, AT
2010, Visit, Gallery ZPAF-IS-KA, Krakow, PL
2009, MIKYTA*1973 / VANEK*1931, Nitrianska galéria, Nitra. SK
2009, Dirty Memories, Galerie BKC, Brno, CZ
2009, By the way, Photoport Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2009, Ungewöhnliche Möglichkeiten, annex 14, Bern, CH
2009, MIKYTA- Drawings, PS 122 Gallery, New York
2009, 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 SHOWS (selected):

2018, #OK/XII. Small Object and Drawing Triennial, Jozef Kollár Gallery, Banská Štiavnica, SK
2017, DOUBLE CODING, Mudam Luxembourg, LU
2017, Fear what's coming, Východoslovenská Galéria, Košice, SK
2016, Slovak State in contemporary Art, Kunsthalle Bratislava ,SK
2015, Moving Image Department, 2nd Chapter: The Eclipse of an Innocent Eye, National Gallery, Trade Fair Palace, Prague, CZ
2015, Glass - sculpture, object, painting, drawing, and photography, Nedbalka Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2015, some of my stories I know. some I listen to. some i see., Krokus, Bratislava, SK
2015, Tekutá múza, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2014, This Can´t Possibly Be True, Emil Filla´s Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
2014, Turning points, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, HU
2014, Two Landscapes, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2014, Summer exhibition 2014, Krokus, Bratislava, SK
2014, Slowakische Mythologien, Galerie für Zeitgenösissche Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
2014, Haunting Monumentality II, Club Electroputere Craiova, Bucharest, RO
2014, Circular Ruins, MeetFactory Gallery, Prague, CZ
2013, Pan Much, Richard Adam Gallery, Brno, CZ
2013, Reminiscences of the Future II., The Brno House of Arts, CZ
2013, Podozrivý voľný čas, Open Gallery Bratislava, SK
2012, Apropriation III./ Aneignung – Soziokulturelle Prägungen, Fotogalerie Wien, AT
2012, Haunting Monumentality, Galeria Plan B, Berlin, DE
2012, Delete, Slovak National Gallery Bratislava, SK
2012, Interview II, Nitra gallery, Nitra, Slovak Republic
2011, Reworking Memories, Svätopluk Mikyta, Agneska Polska, Nika Neelowa, Federica Schiavo Gallery Rome, IT
2011, Flashbulb memory, STUDIO Gallery, Budapest, HU
2011, Formats of Transformation 89.09, MUSA, Vienna, AT
2011, Barricade of Dreams, Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2011, 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
2009, Nenápadné médium, Museum of Art Zilina, SK
2009, PRAGUE BIENNALE 4, Prague, CZ
2009, Contact/ Kontakt, City Hall Gallery, Oslo, NOR
2009, Open studios, ISCP, New York, USA
2008, Nič než národ, with Radko Mačuha and Marek Piaček, Open Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2008, Slovak Image (Anti-image), Slovak visual art of 20th. century, NG Prague, CZ
2008, The Oskár Čepan Award 2008 – finalists, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2008, 23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2008, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ
2008, Politische Ikonografie, Gallery Jette Rudolph, Berlin, DE
2007, Slovak Myth, Moravian Gallery, Brno, CZ
2006, Autopoesis, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2006, 22 minutes 50,28 seconds, Gallery Art Factory, Prague, CZ
2006, Man, hero, spirit, machine, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
2006, Les beaux ideals, Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, GJK, Trnava, CZ
2005, Slovak Myth, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
2005, Permanent Romanticism, City Gallery Bratislava, SK
2005, NYBÜEVITT, Synagogue – Centre of Contemporary Art, GJK, Trnava, SK

2011, Strabag Art Award - winner
2008, Oskár Čepan Award 2008, YVAA Award - winner
2003, Oskár Čepan Award 2003, YVAA Award - finalist

2009, International studio & curatorial program (ISCP), New York
2006, PROGR-artists in residence, Bern

Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Zabludowicz Collection, London, GB
Museum of Applied Arts, Prague, CZ
Slovak National Gallery, SK
Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Nitrianska Gallery, Nitra, SK
Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
M.A. Bazovsky Gallery, SK
The Municipal Museum, Pezinok, SK
The Orawa Gallery, Dolný Kubín, SK
Private collections in Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, USA, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Japan


Tomáš Pospiszyl: An Associative History of Art. Praha 2014. (In Czech Language)
Áron Fenyvesi: The Svätopluk Universe. In: The Room, No. 16, 2013.
Svätopluk Mikyta – rozhovor. In: Časopis X, No. 1, 2013.
Petra Noll, Gabriele Jutz: Aneignung/ Apropriation. Fotogalerie Wien 2012.
Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Daniela Gregori, August Ruhs, Edith Fuscher: Das Portrait im
Wandel der Zeit. Hans-Peter Wipplinger 2009.
Visuelle Stereotypen. Thomas Petersen / Clemens Schwender – Herbert von Halem Verlag
Petra Hanáková: Pre-Kressby / Re-Drawings. Svätopluk Mikyta a HIKHOK Culture 2006.
Zora Rusinová: Autopoesis. Slovenská národná galéria Bratislava 2006.
Alena Vrbanová, Johannes Schlichting, Thomas Traherne: Svätopluk Mikyta & Johannes
Schlichting – Dies Natalis. Svätopluk Mikyta 2005.
Europa für Szenegänger. Manfred Eichel – Parthas Verlag 2005.
Slovenský mýtus. SNG Bratislava 2005.

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