Roman Ondak

(*1966, Žilina)

Roman Ondak is one of the most outstanding Slovak contemporary artists. He is a representative of conceptual art who has earned a global reputation through his creations. He works with the shifting of reality and stages its reflections into the original constellations with new meanings. He often creates open artworks to offer the spectators an opportunity for interaction and cooperation. He sensitively alternates with the actual reality to show its new meanings in unexpected places and situations. He searches the boundaries of art and explores the ways of its perception. He uses various means of expression ranging from the traditional media of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation, combined with the new media of his unique pieces of performance art and videos. He often reflects on contemporary social and cultural events, interpersonal relationships or everyday life situations.

After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in 1994, Ondak completed several education programmes abroad. He has presented his works at the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York, Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and at the Musée National d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He took part in the international art exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where he presented a very successful solo project titled Loop for the Czech and Slovak pavilion. His works are exhibited in the prestigious collections of renowned art museums including: MoMA in New York, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and the Tate Modern in London, among others. He lives and works in Bratislava.