Jaro Varga

Jaro Varga

b. 1982, Slovakia
Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic

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

Varga stated that he prefers to think about himself as being a commentator on creation and destruction, that he enjoys seeking out subtle details of what is lost, and systematically looks after what is just being born. He explores more than just one field of study, his range of interest encompassing 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.

Jaro Varga, "Forests' Library", 2017, installation of books covers, books pages and paper carpet, photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu
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2010-2014 – The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Intermedia Department /  Doctoral research scholarship awarded by Ministry of Education of Slovak Republic
2005-2010 – The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Intermedia Department (BFA, MFA); 2007 – Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, PL Erasmus Program; 2009 – Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Department of Fine Arts, USA
2000-2005 – University of Presov, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Department of Arts (BFA, MFA)

Selected solo exhibitions:

2019Circular Rectangle (Kunst im Kreuzgang, St Jodokus, Bielefeld, Germany)
2018 – About Books (AlbumArte, Rome – with Shubigi Rao); I Found It Somewhere but I Cannot Find It (At Home Gallery, solo show-site specific installation in an old synagogue, Samorin, Slovakia)
2017 – Missing Something and Itself Missing (Ivan Gallery Bucharest); Situation After the Arrival of the Warning Patrol (East Slovak Gallery, Kosice); In Someone’s Else Dream (SODA Gallery Bratislava)
2016 – Texture of Time (Flatgallery, Bratislava)
2015 – Library (Gdanska Galeria Miejska, Gdansk); Mirror and Mask (Soga, Bratislava); Lost Library (Muzeum Contemporary, Slovak National Museum, Betliar, Slovakia)
2014 – “Was ist Kunst?” (Gallery HIT, Bratislava); Situace 50 (Pavilon Gallery, Prague)
2013 – City Diary (Triangle Arts Association, New York City)
2012 – Lost Library (Gallery Heppen Transfer, Warsaw)
2010 – Urban Exploration (Open Gallery, Bratislava); Touristic Routes (D Raum Museums Quartier, Vienna)

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