Kysucká galéria v Oščadnici

Kysucká galéria v Oščadnici

Kysuce Gallery in Oščadnica was established in 1981 on the initiative of the countrymen and friends of the Kysuce region – Doctor of Law Anton Blaha and twelve artists (Stanislav Biroš, Miroslav Cipár, Anton Čutek, Milan Greguš, František Hübel, Vojtech Ihriský, Milan Mravec, Pavol Muška, František Ondro, Milan Paštéka, Jozef Sušienka,Ondrej Zimka), who in 1975 organised the exhibition „An Artists´greeting to the native soil“ and donated 66 works as the foundation of the gallery.

Ondrej Zimka
Ondrej Zimka was born in Turzovka, Hlinene in 1937. Between 1958 and 1964 he was a student of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He completed his studies in 1964 and since then he has been applying his outstanding talent in many branches of fine arts and has also expressed himself in some other methods of fine arts. At the beginning of his carreer, he was mainly creating illustrations, caricatures and posters, also the film annimation, plastic art and art protis.  In the mid-1970s he revealed the old-new technique of painting on wood. The author applied his painting on a variety of wooden objects that were convenient to his open-minded visions and artistic way of percepting the world. In this world, created by Ondrej Zimka, the phantasy and reality are taking the equivalent position. His paintings are the open-end stories made of individual fates of real people within the "mythology of the Kysuce Region", stories made of childhood memories but also those involving the lives of the famous personalities of the world literature or the travel impressions and impressions from visiting other cultures. All these motives march in front of us in the unknown spaces of their paralel worlds. They are fascinating by their ambiguity and the neverending revealance of new coherences. The phantastic elements, unexpected and surprising relations of objects and people, famous or less famous phantastic creatures or animals and the bottomless sense of humor became the natural part of the visual space of each painting.
Milan Mravec
Milan Mravec was born in Rakova in 1938, died in Bratislava in 2004. He was a student of the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava, continued his studies at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, in the section of monumental painting (1958-1964). His works can be found in numerous private and public collections in Slovakia and abroad. In the second half of the 1960s, the author's profile is already very strong as the profile of the painter with the clean-cut artistic view in which he was able to combine the principles of cubistic space perception with the free, highly expressive painting style and these features can be tracked within the whole author's further artistic activity.

The painter and excellent draftsman Milan Mravec was a fundamentalist as far as the figural painting is concerned; positively said, he was an engaged artist who was not unconcerned about the fate of an ordinary human being.
In the very centre of his artistic focus there was always the ordinary man in all the difficult life situations, fights, conflicts and dramas. The main motives of Mravec's paintings are reflections of the lack of freedom, war, suppression, injustice and loneliness.

František Hübel
František Hübel was born in 1934 in Krásno nad Kysucou, died in 1978 in Bratislava.He was a student of prof. Vincent Hložník at the Department of Graphics in Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava between 1953-1959. After completing his studies, in 1962-1968, he worked as a specialist editor in publishing house Mladé letá. Later, he decided for freelance occupation. He was a long-time member of the designer committee at the publishing house Slovenský spisovateľ in Bratislava.

He applied himself to illustrations, graphics, freehand drawing, painting and monumental artworks. His abundant and varied artworks went through several developmental periods. From realism with the distinctive sense of epics, typical for his initial illustration artworks, he went through gradual simplification of forms and themes. Especially in the field of drawing and painting this led to clear geometrical abstraction with sharp colour definition.His artworks were only recognized by public after his untimely death.
The artworks estate of František Hübel was preserved in its complexity thanks to the effort of his friend, artist Miroslav Cipár and is nowadays to be found in Kysucká Gallery in Oščadnica.

Miroslav Cipár
Miroslav Cipár, painter, graphic, designer and illustrator was born in Vysoka nad Kysucou in 1935. After completing the secondary school, he was a student of the Faculty of Paedagogics of the Comenius University in Bratislava between 1953-1955 ( Slovak language and Arts), later between 1955-1961 he studied at The School of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava( graphics and monumental painting).

Miroslav Cipár can be characterized as one of the multitalented Slovak artists. Although he has been creating paintings since decades, he is better known as an illustrator, graphic and author of logos of many famous events and institutions. The persistent and stable feature of all the fields of his works is the highly mastered and almost always present line.

In his paintigs, the author's interest oscillates freely between the scriptual and figural features, structural abstraction and tachism. In the recent years, there appeared also a few large-size paintings that allow the contents of the author's works to be fully revealed.

Jozef Sušienka
was born in 1937 in Nová Bystrica. In 1964, he graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He creates the artistic or utility ceramics. He is  one of the first Slovak ceramists who did not use the kickwheel. In his works of arts he reaches the outstanding harmony of the shape and material. His plastics are characterised by various organic forms and the closed sphere shape, often perforated or scaly surface. Mainly in the garden plastic he makes use of the options offered by the activity of the light.
Milan Paštéka
was born in 1931 in Trenčín, died in 1998 in Voznica.He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1955. In 1957 he became one of the constituting members of the Mikuláš Galanda Group. In his works he focused on painting, drawing, graphics and ceramics. In painting, he became one of the most famous Slovak artists. In the 60s, he balanced between the character lyrical-expressive abstractions and his relation to figurative arts. According to the New figuration, the human body shape gradually became dominant, which was consecutively deformed and fragmented. In the final period of his artistic work he attained the non-subject imagery.
Pavol Muška
Pavol Muška was born in Čierny Brod in 1949. In 1973 he graduated the School of fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He focuses at monumental but also more intimate works, aquarels, oil painting, art protis, photography and collage.

The main motif of his works besides the landscapes and figures are the efforts to express the process of changes, to catch the state of eternity, indefiniteness, growth, genesis and cessation. Typical feature of his artistic expression are the repeated varations of the main topics to which he returns regularly with new ways of solution not avoiding experiments with new materials and technologies. His varied works are characterized by free style, rich colours and highly mastered aquarel technique.

Anton Čutek
was born in 1928 in Klubina, died in 2002 in Bratislava. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava in 1954, in 1959 he became a member of Mikuláš Galanda Group. His works include monumental, portrait and cabinet sculpture. The main subject of his long-term artistic reflection is the problematics of depicting a lonely figure or a couplet. At the turn of 50s and 60s he reached the characteristical shape reduction, free of detail, with accent on the sophisticated contour line.

Vojtech Ihriský

Vojtech Ihriský was born in 1899 in Krásno nad Kysucou, died in Bratislava in 1988.Between 1921 – 1925 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In his work he mainly focused on the monumental, cabinet and portrait sculpture, medal and plaque making. He is one of the leading artists of the Slovak plastic arts. His unifigural or multifigural compositions are presented as simplified compound shapes with emphasis on the expression of each plastic.

Milan Greguš

Milan Gregušwas was born in 1934 in Makov. Between 1956 – 1962 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.The main subject of his artistic work is restoration of plastics, architectonic objects restoration, cabinet and monumental plastic and jewelry.Within his free creations he inclines towards standard materials and Technologies.

Stanislav Biroš

Stanislav Biroš was born in Bytča in 1901, died in 1983 also in Bytča. In the years 1921-1927 he studied and graduated at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Designs in Prague. In his works, he focused on monumental sculpture, portrait relief, medal craft and graphics. He continued the tradition of the Czech realistic portrait sculpture. In his work, the dominant place was occupied by the compact relief objects large in volume where the size recedes to descriptive details. The substantial part of his work are the portraits of the famous people of the Slovak country.

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