– ART CAPITAL EXHIBITION –
Igor Minárik (1948) is one of the outstanding representatives of analytical painting in Slovakian art. His sensitive, abstract works based on media analysis are unique. His small tempera pictures are painted with traditional technique. By using basic elements of art, such as points, lines, forms, planes, space and colours, he creates his own unmistakable style. His works are so-called “drawn paintings”, as he blends the features of the two media: the spontaneity of drawing with the expressiveness of colours. His detailed, meticulous artistic technique emphasises the sensual surface of the material. In addition to drawn painting, he also creates assemblages, juxtaposing his special technique with material fragments from nature or civilisation. He deals with the eternal themes of art: the reinterpretation of harmony, balance, organic and geometric forms, order and chaos, part and the whole, as well as his own motifs. Slow work pace based on tight focus is an important part of his creative process. Igor Minárik has titled his works since 1983 by indicating only the date of their creation, emphasising their independent existence and free interpretability.
This exhibition displays a selection of his paintings created between 1976 and 2016, a crosssection of his oeuvre. The past decade is in focus, while his earlier period is represented only by a few pictures. The 43 works exhibited point at the artistic problems he is constantly dealing with: the summary of his artistic tools, his experiments with the possibilities of colours and monochromy, the infi nity of the transfi gured material and the existence moving towards transcendence, fragmented existence, as well as the temporality or timelessness of works created from perishable materials.
First, Igor Minárik attended the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava (1963– 1967), where he was infl uenced by his teacher, Rudolf Fila. He fi nished his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (1968–1974). In the 1970s and 1980s, he joined uno_ – cial art initiatives. Between 1978 and 1997, he used to participate at collective exhibitions held at the Institute of Cybernetics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. His fi rst individual exhibition was held in 1977. In 1991, he founded the art group A–R (Avance– Retard) with his friends. In 1992, their works were presented at the House of Art in Bratislava. Later, they participated at several exhibitions both in Slovakia and abroad, including a show at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest in 2001. A monograph on the artist by Etienne Cornevin was published in 2008.751