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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Dagmar Matiašková Ferencová