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b. 1966, Slovakia

Roman Ondak Biography

Roman Ondak plays with ideas of relocation, representation, and the duplication of experience, shifting and sharpening the viewer's attention to everyday life. Growing up under the communist regime of former Czechoslovakia, the artist became attentive to systems of inclusion and exclusion that ordered this particular society. Questioning the failure of the communist structure in his work, Ondak explores the potential for different orders—new patterns of behaviour, and ultimately, alternative social and political possibilities. His work is often quite subtle, infiltrating the spectator's surroundings in imaginative and quiet ways, suggesting a renegotiation with reality. Adopting an almost anthropological approach, he recombines aspects of the quotidian with his incisive artistic wit, opening up space to challenge the rules of the everyday through his poetic alterations. Ondak's work is not only curious about the rituals and assumptions that govern our lives; he is playfully interrogative of the art system as well as society at large, urging us to greater awareness.

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Roman Ondak studied graphic design and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava from 1988 to 1994. He also studied at Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania (1993); Collegium Helveticum in Zurich (1999–2000); the CCA in Kitakyushu (2004); he has had grants from the DAAD in Berlin (2007/08) and the Villa Arson in Nice (2010).

Roman Ondak currently lives and works in Brat.

Text courtesy Kurimanzutto.

Roman Ondak Featured Artworks

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Pyramid by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork sculpture
Roman OndakPyramid, 2019Corner sections of a wardrobe
77.8 x 70.7 x 37.2 cm
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Bad News by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork painting
Roman OndakBad News, 2018Newspaper papier-mâché, revolving worktable
114 x 81 x 81 cm
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Perfect Society by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork sculpture
Roman OndakPerfect Society, 2018Modified copper heating pipes
10 x 200 x 200 cm
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If by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Roman OndakIf, 2019Ink on found old print
23.5 x 36.5 cm
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Becoming a Row by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork sculpture
Roman OndakBecoming a Row, 2019Modified wooden drawers
26.5 x 56.7 x 48.8 cm
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If by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork print
Roman OndakIf, 2019Ink on cutting from a book
11.2 x 14.8 cm
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Cross by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork sculpture
Roman OndakCross, 2019Modified wardrobe corners
59 x 58.5 x 13.3 cm
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Open End by Roman Ondak contemporary artwork painting
Roman OndakOpen End, 2019Acrylic paint on found unprimed canvas, cut-out opening, acrylic paint on wall
135.4 x 216 x 3 cm
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Roman Ondak Recent Exhibitions

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