Stanislava Kovalcikova


    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: 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: 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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