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Pohľad na seba a do seba

Author: Ernest Zmeták
Pálffy Palace (show Contact)
29. 1. 2019 - 24. 3. 2019
Curator: Danica Zmetáková

In every period an artist had to take a stand on current issues. The artist´s true character was revealed in his artistic statement and attitude towards the world. The artist in every period also wants to attach his portrait to the events as part of his most intimate confession about himself. Looking in the mirror, he is looking not only at himself but also inside himself. For me the self-reflection actually means both the self-discovery and the confession. Every time I painted a self-portrait I discovered and noticed something new in myself. And so my perception of myself and the way of self-depiction or self-expression were gradually changing. While painting a self-portrait, the artist is usually alone. The solitude coerces him into making statement about his attitude, about himself and his art.

My journey to artistic maturity led from the first hesitant boyish perception towards polished academic pen hatching that developed into sharpness. After leaving the school, I abandoned it completely. I was only searching for volume and shape. The hastiness of young man was replaced with a firm order ruling out any randomness. Step by step I reached the plainness and austerity. All these transformations in their purest form can be seen in self-portraits reflecting my inner struggle with myself, i.e. with my works and my artistic intention, independently of external factors.

As the years went by, my expression was changing. The experiences I gained enabled me to mature as a human being and solidify my opinion of the art production linked to the artist´s social status and his ethical code.

Bratislava, February 1973


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