SVÄTOPLUK MIKYTA has won this year’s Oskár Čepan Award for young Slovak artists. Dušan Brozman, the chairman of the selection jury, praised the work of the artist, in a press announcement released by the Open Society Foundation (OSF) on June 27.
Mikyta won out over three other finalists: Ján Šicko, Petra Feriancová and Jaroslav Varga.
Mikyta’s project included a series of communist-era photos, graphics and a series of self-portraits drawn from his diaries.
The award includes a six-week visit to New York, an exhibition after he returns to Slovakia and a cheque for Sk80,000 (€2,650).
Mikyta’s project, along with those of the three other finalists, will be on display at Bratislava's Medium Gallery until August 3.
Mikyta, who was shortlisted for the same award in 2003, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.
Forty-six artists entered the competition now in its 13th year. The work represented a wide variety of approaches and techniques currently in vogue in the visual arts community in Slovakia. When shortlisting the finalists, the jury took into consideration the artists’ earlier work, as well as their current standing in the Slovak and world arts scene.
Last year, the award went to Lucia Nimcová, who will hold an individual exhibition in Bratislava when she returns from her stay in New York in October.
The award for young Slovak artists was launched on the initiative of Wendy Luers. A similar award is granted annually in the Czech Republic.
It is open to artists up to 35 years old who are active in visual art, graphics, sculpture, photography, site installations, video art and multimedia projects.
Its ambition is to present the latest and the most challenging contemporary art and, at the same time, provide space for exhibiting various media and genres of contemporary arts.