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Pálffy Palace (show Contact)
17. 1. 2008 - 17. 2. 2008
Curator: Vendelín Nerád

He was born 27. 3. 1978 in Bratislava.
1992 – 1996: High School of Applied Arts in Bratislava Graphic department
1998 – 2004: Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava
Department of illustration and book creation (Prof. Dušan Kállay)
Already during the time of his university studies (2003 – 2004) he realises illustrations to the Indian epos Mahábhárata and a part of it is also the sacred book of India Bhagavadgíta. The theme of his diploma work in the year 2004 at the Academy of Fine Arts (VŠVU) in Bratislava is illustration of a choice from Dobšinský’s Fairytales and the Slovak Simple National Fables.

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Mahábhárata is a big epos about the history of India composed of eighteen books (parva).
“Máhá” means “big” and “Bhárata” is a traditional name for India derived from the ancient family of the king Bhárata.
The book was published in the publishing house PETRUS in the year 2004.
The book was exhibited at the Biennale of Illustrations in Bratislava in the year 2005.

At the beginning of his existence a human had no past. We probably will not find out when it happened and we only anticipate, that a human could not exist without anything and maybe, that he made up a lot. Only a human can build and decorate his past also with pure fantasy.
The human kind in its development finally got to a general religion – through natural divinities or God, from the reason to defend its existence in relation to something and somebody. It was built on natural knowledge of regularities of life but also on its following “revealed” truth. In the great depth of the past at the same time a need was born to capture - record this immaterial richness and in its beginnings maybe only draw it with a finger into the sand, paint on a wall in a cave, mould from clay or cut into wood or stone.
In the region of northern India around the year 1000 BC appeared pugnacious population of Aryans, who wrote their religious belief into a gigantic epos Mahábhárata
containing almost hundred thousand double verses, which in comparison presents a seven multiple of the Greek epos Iliad and Odyssey together. Approximately in the end of the 10th century BC the foundations of biblical literature are already laid which later in a big way influenced the Christian culture of the European continent.
We can only approximately suppose and on a base of archaeological survey – help date the establishment of the folk art of African sculptors from Zimbabwe, folk art of Indian women Madhubani, art of the Polynesian nations, morphology of Bengal, Persian or Celtic ornament. We can not deny the grace and beauty to any nation or ethnic group in the art of spoken and written word (Finnish Kalevala, stories from Tibet, Persia, Africa and our beautiful fairytales and fables as well).
Somewhere there will be the well where Dávid Ursiny goes to get his water. This imaginary and maybe a little bit fairy tale well of knowledge also at the same time teaches him humbleness and respect towards what the previous generations have created. A human needs splendour and beauty. There is no need to disarm ourselves with the idea that everything was already created and invented. It is worth while to push this beauty creatively forward, what finally Dávid Ursiny proves with his brilliant presentation.

Vendelín Nerád
January 17, 2008.


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