Beeswax on copper plate
17.5 x 15 cm
Stanislava Kovalcikova (b. 1988, Czechoslovakia) lives and works in Düsseldorf. She has completed degrees in painting under Tomma Abts and Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
Stanislava Kovalcikova’s elegiac canvases which depict human figures, are studies of painting itself. Drawing on contemporary and historical perspectives of the human figure, her work directly references art historical styles. Equally, Kovalcikova’s work operates through a tradition of Eastern orthodox mysticism. An exploration of the figure as an icon, the individual psychic experience portrayed in her work is always referential to something larger – an archetype from a collective narrative. Stanislava Kovalcikova’s first solo exhibition in China is scheduled to take place at Antenna Space in 2023.
Recent solo exhibitions: Grotto, Museum of Contemporary Art – Belvedere 21, Vienna, Austria (2022); am I dead yet, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2022); Duftmarken oder die Unfähigkeit sich mitzuteilen, sonneundsolche, Düsseldorf, Germany (2022); Imaga, 15orient, New York, US (2021); Eastern Promises, Open Forum, Berlin, Germany (2020); Cautionary tales, Mamoth, London, UK (2020); Turn on inside, Ten Haaf Projects, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019) and among others.
Selected group exhibitions: Interior, curated by Andrew Bonacina, Michael Werner Gallery, London, UK (2022); Dark Light, Realism in the Age of Post Truth, Aïshti Foundaton, Beirut, Lebanon (2022); Do Nothing, Feel Everything, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2021); what fruits it bears, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2020); Queer, queer Kasimir, Saska Kepa Salon, Warsaw, Poland (2020); If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, MAMOTH, London, UK (2020); On the politics of delicacy, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany (2020); Gubbinal, Project Native Informant, London, UK (2019); Painting also known as blood, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (2019) and among others.