Stanislava Kovalcikova


    Stanislava Kovalčíková (b. 1988, The Slovak Republic) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She has completed degrees in painting under Tomma Abts and Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

    Stanislava Kovalčíková’s elegiac canvases are studies of painting itself. While drawing on perspectives of the human figure from past and present, she includes direct art historical references and styles in her work. Kovalčíková operates through a tradi- tion of mythology, religion and mysticism. An exploration of the figure as an icon, the individual psychic experience portrayed in her work is always pointing to something larger—an archetype drawn from a collective narrative.

    Recent solo exhibitions: A Lover’s Discourse, curated by Stella Bottai, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, US (2024, upcoming); First Rays of the New Sun, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2023); 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: Cadavre Exquis or the Voluptuous Decay of the Shivering Veril, curated by Stanislava Kovalčíková, BRAUNSFELDER, Cologne, Germany (2023); Horizions: Is there anybody out there?, curated by Robin Peckham, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2023); Hardcore, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2023); Landschaft, Galerie Khoshbakht, Cologne, Germany (2023); 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); 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.





    • “Everything I do is painting”: Stanislava Kovalcikova at the Belvedere in Vienna | Numéro Berlin – Words: Antonia Schmidt

      Stanislava Kovalcikova’s paintings are haunting, unsettling. Above all, they are real, depicting motifs taken from postmodern life: Stress, mental health, fluid sexualities. “However in painting it makes sense to show these states since words mostly fail in these situations. It’s not a criticism, it’s just an observation,” says the artist herself. Why she calls the exhibition her little Stonehenge, why spiritual maters are important and why everything is painting.

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