Jaro Varga

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Forests' Library

    2017

    installation of books covers, books pages and paper carpet

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Forests' Library

    2017

    installation of books covers, books pages and paper carpet

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Forests' Library

    2017

    installation of books covers, books pages and paper carpet

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Forests' Library

    2017

    installation of books covers, books pages and paper carpet

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Komenskeho 1

    2017

    two slide projections on canvas treated with photosensitive substance

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

     

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Komenskeho 1

    2017

    two slide projections on canvas treated with photosensitive substance

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Komenskeho 1

    2017

    two slide projections on canvas treated with photosensitive substance

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    I Am Older Than My Father

    2017

    oil on canvas

    120 x 100 cm

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

     

  • Jaro Varga Works

    I Am Older Than My Father

    2017

    oil on canvas

    120 x 100 cm

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Suspended Meaning

    2017

    mixed media (painting on deflated ballons, artist books), three sets

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Suspended Meaning

    2017

    mixed media (painting on deflated ballons, artist books), three sets

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Suspended Meaning

    2017

    mixed media (painting on deflated ballons, artist books), three sets

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Suspended Meaning

    2017

    mixed media (painting on deflated ballons, artist books), three sets

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Suspended Meaning

    2017

    mixed media (painting on deflated ballons, artist books), three sets

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

  • Jaro Varga Works

    Missing Something and Itself Missing

    2017

    collage of drawings in pencil on paper, notes on paper

    50.5 x 71 cm

     

     

     

    exhibition view at Ivan Gallery

    photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu

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    Born in 1982, Trebisov Slovakia

    Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

     

     

     

    Jaro Varga is a Slovak visual artist and curator based in Prague. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, and also participated in student exchanges at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including Where do we go from here? at the Vienna Secession (2010), Public Folklore at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz (2011), Delete at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava (2012), Vulnerable Failures at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (2013), City Diary at the Triangle Arts Association in New York (2013), Dysraphic City at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin (2013), When Artists Speak Truth at The 8th Floor Gallery in New York (2016), Prague Biennale 6 (2013), Bucharest Biennale 7 (2016), In Someone’s Else Dream at SODA Gallery in Bratislava (2017) and many others. In 2018 Jaro Varga designed the murals for Sonia Rykiel brand's 50 years anniversary, in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Seoul.

     

     

    As an artist in residence, Varga has worked at Museums Quartier 21 (Vienna), Futura (Prague), Heppen Transfer (Warsaw), AIR Krems, Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U (Berlin), Triangle Arts Association (New York), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), among others. In 2008 and 2010, he was a finalist for the Young Visual Artist Award, in 2015 winner of Tatrabanka Award for Art, in 2017 winner of NOVUM Foundation Prize for contemporary art. 

     

     

    Jaro Varga is a commentator on creation and destruction. He enjoys seeking out subtle details of what is lost, and systematically looks after what is just being born. Varga explores more than just one field of study. His range of interest encompasses geopolitical topography, the production and archiving of knowledge, social faux pas, and forgotten moments in history. He illustrates the various interconnections between the objects, moments, situations, or places that he finds or consciously seeks out by working with both their form and content.

     

    Education

     

    2010-2014: Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Intermedia, degree: Doctor of Art (Art.D.), gained in June 2014

    2005-2010: Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Intermedia, degree: Master (Mgr.art), gained in June 2010

    2000-2005: University of Presov, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Department of Arts: degree: Master (Mgr.), gained in May 2005

     

    Scholarships

     

    2011: Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, Doctoral research scholarship (awarded by Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic)

    2009: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Department of Fine Arts, USA

    2007: Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, PL Erazmus Program

     

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

     

    2017: MISSING SOMETHING AND ITSELF MISSING, Ivan Gallery Bucharest 

    2017: Situation After the Arrival of the Warning Patrol, East Slovak Gallery Kosice

    2017: In Someone’s Else Dream, SODA Gallery Bratislava

    2016: Texture of Time, Flatgallery Bratislava

    2015: LIBRARY 26.10.2015-3.1.2016, Gdanska Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, PL

    2015: Mirror and Mask, Soga, Bratislava, SK

    2015: Lost Library, Muzeum Contemporary, Slovak National Museum, Betliar, SK

    2014: "Was ist Kunst?", Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK

    2014: Situace 50, Pavilon Gallery, Prague, CZ

    2013: City Diary, Triangle Arts Association, New York City, USA

    2012: Lost Library, Gallery Heppen Transfer, Warsaw, PL

    2010: Urban Exploration, Open Gallery Bratislava, SK
    2010: Touristic Routes, D Raum Museums Quartier, Vienna, AT

     

    Selected Group Exhibitions

     

    2017 

    Escape Route, The Rooster Gallery Vilnius, Lithuania

    PANELAND, Moravská Galerie Brno

    The Hacked Dream, SPZ Gallery Prague 

    Clouds, public art in Kosice, White Night (in collaboration with Ilona Németh)

    AMIWHATIAMTHINKINGABOUT?, Karlin Barracks, 4+4 International Festival of Contemporary Art in Prague 

    Art Paris, SODA Gallery selection (with Stano Filko and Lucia Tallova)

    Jaro Varga, Gallery Bistro 8, Prague

    Laziness, Kulturfabrik Tabačka, Košice 

    Volta Art Fair, SODA Gallery selection, Basel

     

    2016

    What are we building down there? Bucharest Biennale 7, Bucharest RO

    When Artists Speak Truth, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City, USA 

    Slovak State, Slovak National Gallery / Kunsthalle Bratislava

     

    2015
    Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations, Budapest Gallery and the Kiscell Museum, Budapest, HU
    Life: A User's Manual, Gallery Prozori, Zagreb, Croatia 
    In the shade they flourish, public art project, Imago Mundi Foundation Krakow, BWA Tarnów, Tarnów, Poland
    Triennale of Small Object and Drawing, Gallery of Jozef Kollár, Banská Štiavnica, SK
    Soft Codes, Museum of Contemporary Art in Wroclaw, PL
    Tektonika paměti, Dom umění in Brno, CZ
    Private Nationalism, Open Gallery in Bratislava, SK

     

    2014
    Tektonika paměti, Gallery of Emil Flla, Ústí nad Labem, CZ
    The First Man Was an Artist, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK 
    Plato's third eye, Meetfactory, Prague, CZ
    Private Nationalism, Ostrale, Dresden, DE
    Private Nationalism, Zsolnay Cultural Quater, Pécs Gallery m21, Pécs, HU
    Ptolemaiovy děti, NTK Gallery, Prague, CZ
    Private Nationalism, Kunsthalle Kosice, SK
    Circular Ruins, French Institute in Prague, MeetFactory Prague, CZ
    Private Nationalism, Divus, Prague, CZ

     

    2013
    Dysraphic City, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, DE 
    Metaphysik der Disziplin, Czech Center, Berlin, DE 
    Vulnerable Failures, National Art Studio Chang-Dong, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea, Seoul, South Korea 
    „Katalog Entropii Sztuki“, Gallery Entropia, Wroclaw, Poland 
    Prague Biennale 6, Prague, CZ 
    Subterranean Echoes, Center for Art and Urbanism, Berlin, DE
    Blind spot, NTK Gallery, Prague, CZ
    Panel Story, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
    M(i)esto medzi pamäťou a nepamäťou, Turčianska Gallery, Martin, SK 
    Panel Story, Turčianska Gallery, Martin, SK

     

    2012
    The Discovery of Slowness II, Tranzit SK, Bratislava, SK
    On Boredom, Kulturfabrik TABAČKA, Košice, SK
    At the End of Universe, Berlínskej model, Prague, CZ
    WHAT’S HAPPENING THESE DAYS?, Etc.Gallery, Prague, CZ
    Delete. Art and Wiping out, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK
    Master and Disciple 4, Ilona Németh & Jaro Varga, Magma Contemporary Art Space, Sfântu Gheorghe, RO
    Zlínsky salón mladých 2012, Dům umění ve Zlíne, CZ
    „My sme podstavec“, Vymenník, Košice, SK
     Intervencion 2012, Public art project Trebišov, SK

     

    2011
    Eleventh Hour, Gallery FUTURA Prague, CZ
    Public Folklore, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, AT
    Why do I keep reading the same books?, AMT project, Bratislava, SK 
    MAPY/MAPS, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, SK
    LIBRARIANISM, Gallery NTK, Prague, CZ
    PRIMS, The Orchard Centre, Sheffield, UK
    TWIST- Tuica/Tusovka, 91mQ Art project space, Berlin, DE

     

    2010
    “Where do we go from here?”, Secession Vienna, AT 
    “Der Drang nach Osten”, Gallery HIT Bratislava, SK
    Transart Communication- Public Dialog, Komarno, Komarom, SK HU
    Startpoint, Gask Gallery, Kutna Hora, CZ
    Priestor / Prostor Z(I)LIN(A), Povazská Gallery in Zilina, Krajska Gallery in Zlin, SK,CZ
    Exhibition of finalists of Oskar Cepan Award, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
    Perfection, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
    The Romance of my Young Days, the Future of my Nostalgia, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
    Open Studio, Karlin Studios, Prague, CZ

    2009
    Rhetoric of Fiction, Site-specific at Cinema HVIEZDA, Banská Bystrica, SK
    Exit Ghost, Gallery Valentina Moncada, Rome, IT 
    Fantazies of Beginning Documentation, Central Slovakian Gallery Banská Bystrica, SK
    BRATISLAVA, Slovak Cultural Institute, Rome , IT
    Fantazies of Beginning, Billboard Gallery Europe, Bratislava, SK

     

    2008
    Library in Library, Bailey Library, Slippery Rock University, USA 
    Videokunst vs künstlerische Dokumentation, KOLONI, Dresden, DE
    Exhibition of finalists of Oskar Cepan Award, Gallery Medium, Bratislava, SK
    ENDING, One-week international art residency at Hotel Kyjev, Bratislava, SK


    2007
    International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, Wroclaw, PL
    SURVIVAL, Public Art Festival in Wroclaw, PL
    BEST WEST, Gallery Entropia, PL
    BRIDG:ING, Gallery of Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic, Bratislava, SK
    TACTICS OF RESISTANCE X GLOBAL POLICE ACTION, Exhibition Centre Constantin Brancusi, Chisinau, MD

     

    2006
    Tourist Route, Street art project, Nitra, SK
    Dangerous sequences, Gallery HIT, Bratislava, SK

     

    Special Projects:

    2018: Site specific installation in collaboration with Sonia Rykiel Paris for the 50 anniversary of Sonia Rykiel, Paris, Tokyo, New York, Seoul, London, other cities worldwide

     

    Lectures/Talks

    2018: Psychogeography of Memory, Prague College, CZ

    2017: Missing Something and Itself Missing, artist talk, Ivan Gallery Bucharest, RO

    2016: “Artist as Researcher”, Anglo American University in Prague, CZ

    2016: “Artist with an Attitude”, Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, RO

    2015: City Diary - Piotr Bujas, Ewa Łączyńska-Widz, Katarzyna Trzeciak in conversation with Jaro Varga, BWA Tarnów, PL

    2015: artist talk Jaro Varga & Edgar Heap of Birds, The 8th Floor Gallery, New York City, USA

    2015: “SK/AT” Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava

    2015: “Library – artist book”, Ex Libris Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava

    2013: Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, South Korea (artist lecture) 

    2012: artist talk – exhibition DELETE, Slovak National Gallery Bratislava

    2011: ENTER CARTOGRAPHY, Zentrum fur Kunst und Wissenstransfer, Vienna, AT

     

    Publications

    2015: Who is playing?, ed. Jaro Varga, Exhibition Catalogue, published by MeetFactory in Prague
    2015: 15000 Years of Sameness ed. Jaro Varga & Karina Kottova, Exhibition Catalogue, published by MeetFactory in Prague

    2015: Jaro Varga: City Diary, artist book, published in collaboration with Imago Mundi Foundation in Krakow, PL

    2014: Revolution without Movement, Exhibition Reader, ed. Jaro Varga, Berit Fischer, Dorota Kenderova, published by Tranzit SK, Gallery HIT in Bratislava

    2014: Is the future boring?, ed. Jaro Varga & Dorota Kenderova, published by Gallery Hit in Bratislava
    2014: Jaro Varga: Untitled, artist book 2015

     

    Awards 

     2017: 1st prize NOVUM Foundation, Slovakia

    2015: Award for Art in category Young Artist under 35, Awarded by Tatrabanka Foundation in Slovakia
    2012: Slovak winner of Henkel Award 
    2010: Finalist of Oskar Cepan Award (Young Visual Artist Award)
    2010: Finalist of Start Point, Gask, Czech Republic
    2008: Finalist of Oskar Cepan Award (Young Visual Artist Award)

     

    Art Residencies

    2015: Artist in Residence, Imago Mundi Fundation, Krakow, PL
    2014: Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U, Berlin, DE
    2014: Artist in Residence, Central Slovakian Gallery, Banská Bystrica, SK
    2013: Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U, Berlin, DE
    2013: National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, National Art Studio, South Korea 
    2013: Triangle Art Association, New York City, USA 
    2013: Gyeonggi Creation Center, Ansan, South Korea (artist lecture) 
    2012: Visegrad Artist Residency at Gallery Heppen Transfer, Warsaw, PL
    2012: Artist in Residence, AIR Krems, AT 
    2012: Flow - Festival of conversation for culture and science, Ruse, BG
    2011: XEROX - short art residency at Banska Stanica, Banska Stiavnica, SK
    2011: ENTER CARTOGRAPHY, Zentrum fur Kunst und Wissenstransfer, Vienna, AT
    2010: Art Residency, Gallery Futura, Prague, CZ
    2010: Artist in Residence, Museums Quartier 21 Vienna, AT
    2010: Flow - Festival of conversation for culture and science, Chisinau, MD
    2009: Art Residency, Castel Trebesice, CZ

     

     

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