Ján Macko has been exhibiting since 1991. He is a sculptor from the wine-growing region of Southern Slovakia. From his childhood years onwards, he lived in constant contact with the family vineyard, and spent a lot of time in his grandfather’s joinery workshop where he learned the basic skills of working with wood. Coming from a secondary school for engineering, he started out at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague as a technically well-skilled student.
Under the guidance of prof. Karel Nepraš, one of the most distinctive Czech sculptors of the second half of the 20th century, he went through years of classical training in human figure, but he also learned to experiment with new materials.
The black humor inseparably following his works is also founded in Nepraš’s school; the hidden humor that arises naturally in everyday reality. Macko does not perceive the body as a classical archetype of untouchable beauty; but rather discloses the hidden traits of human physicality. Inexorably, he holds up a mirror to all of us in the cycle Skin that was inspired by the shock at the loss of all humanity during the holocaust (it is a paradox that alleged cynicism in relation to this art work almost got him expelled from school). In essence, all of his works are merciless self-portraits, a multilayered scrutiny of the mundaneness, which often results in dismay over oneself. The author does not exhibit often, because even though his works appear simple and un-spectacular, their creation and the technology behind them require a complex and time-consuming process. As a rule, his shows trigger unexpected confrontations and controversies, like in the case of the exhibition Nesting in BWA Wroclaw with Ben Patterson from the group Fluxus (U.S.).
Ján Macko (1969, Velky Krtis, Czechoslovakia). Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, under Professor Karel Nepraš. Some of his art works are a part of the collection of the National Gallery in Prague, his sculptures are in private collections in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. He is a co-founder of the art groups A12 and Nowa skromnosc.