Peter Cvik: a young Slovak artist who presents works all over the world.
Refresher.sk
Dejov
06.03.2015
Someone might say that the work of Peter Cvik seems gloomy and frightening, someone will find in them references to anti-utopia and chaos. But what really thinks a person who creates work on the verge of abstraction and realism, on the verge of digital and pictorial. In this material, we want to combine the results of personal communication with Peter and the artist's interview with the Slovak Internet publication. We will open the veil of the artist's creative path and find out what inspires him.
I can describe my personal creation process as breathing or thinking. It has no limits and goes on continuously in my mind. There is no beginning or ending point.
Anyway It is always a reaction to new experiences I go thru. Changing the place of my residence, traveling or simple moments that I consider special and want to communicate them in painting.
"I want the audience to finish the story, which I propose in my works"
Peter Cvik is a man who paradoxically ended up in the Academy of Fine Arts, having completed only an eight-year gymnasium. Today, Peter has a lot of personal exhibitions and he really is happy to do what he really likes. Sitting in the artist's studio in Bratislava, we talked about the boundaries where art begins, how long it takes to create a new picture and why it is better not to mention the receivers of Picasso.

Tell us, to begin with, what are you doing now?

Currently I'm getting a doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. I do a lot of painting, but sometimes I find time to create various media works, installations and digital art.

You studied at the eight-year gymnasium * and in the artistic environment you came a little different from the steel way. What brought you to the Academy **?

After graduation from high school, I took a short pause, I had to think what was really interesting to me and what I wanted to do: I traveled through Europe, visited various galleries and museums, since art had interested me since my childhood. My uncle was engaged in academic sculpture, and when I came to him in Kosice, visited his studio, saw the process of work, I thought that I could be involved in the creation, for something new. This concerned the work of his uncle - his sketches, sculptures, work in general.

You were a child who drew, instead of chasing a football in the yard?

I really liked drawing, but I never thought I could do it professionally. Awareness came after high school.
First It was a desire. Nowadays I understand making art as a complex way of living. It has lots of pros and cons. Art is way of thinking for me. It is a long way route I guess. I am very happy that international art scene is understanding and responding to the questions that I ask by my work..
I do not want to just do art.
I want to live with them.
I can assume that someone has suggested to you the professional occupation of art?
It's my pleasure. I was not even familiar with the technical fundamentals and the basics of artistic activity. When I came to the reviewers of the Academy of Fine Arts for a consultation, they said that there was something in my work, but since I entered the Academy after a general gymnasium, I did not even have hints at the technique of analyzing the work. The first reviews were of great importance to me.
However, you convinced the Academic Commission of your skill and were able to do so.
From the second attempt. After the failure at the admission was very keen on the idea, I knew this was the direction that I wanted to study, and I knew what I need to improve. Next year I passed the creative exam and was the second in the ranking of applicants.

Was there anyone who influenced your choice in the direction of art after graduating from high school?
In my case it was Peter Strasner, a sculptor. Unfortunately, he soon passed away. With Peter I began to create the first sketches and sketches. I consulted a lot with Eric Binder, a graduate student in the Academy. With him, I discussed current events and trends, contemporary art in general. The biggest failure in talking about art has always been considered to be the favorite artist of Picasso or Dali! You just have to have a broader idea of art!

The idea of connecting pictures with digital reality came to you while studying?
I must say that during the training the ideas of the Academy of Fine Arts, pure academicism, were for me idols. Now, as a graduate student, I notice flaws and pluses of this education. The Academy is still deservedly a good school, one of the best in Central Europe, based on unique people influencing the European and world art space. The bottom line is that the Academy and its education are not designed to teach us how to write pictures, but in order to give us material for studying the topics that interest us.

You create a lot of work, tied up on the digital world, is there a limit for you when you start thinking about something real? Can we define this boundary?

Obviously not. Many things that hang in the galleries for me personally, do not create a sense of art, as something special. Good art must evoke emotions. It must somehow reach out to you, open the door of thinking, hint at a topic about which you will reflect.
I studied in studio of prof. Ivan Csudai. One of the main topics in this studio was digital postproduction of sketch for painting. I worked a lot with computer software derivations of my own photos for paintings before.

After few semesters I found this principle very strategic as a reaction to the technological world we are living in. For me art always reacts to the specific problems in the époque when it is created. It is a reaction on specific subjects.

Nowadays I do not use computer for making art anymore. Interesting thing is that digital aesthetics stays in my work as a kind of stamp or thinking. I am currently concentrating on reaction to digitally prepared works. I am working more on consideration of painting as a hanging object. This brings personal response to the question "what is painting nowadays?" It means more free way of thinking and working for me.
You create a lot of work, tied up on the digital world, is there a limit for you when you start thinking about something real? Can we define this boundary?
Obviously not. Many things that hang in the galleries for me personally, do not create a sense of art, as something special. Good art must evoke emotions. It must somehow reach out to you, open the door of thinking, hint at a topic about which you will reflect.

It is impossible to accurately determine the time spent on each picture, but still. How long does it take to draw one painting?

From one day to several months. Sometimes you get to the moment when you are satisfied with how the picture looks, in what state it is, and you do not want to destroy the atmosphere that it creates by awkward movements. Then I take on other things, and then I return to the picture and continue.
I want that audience finish the story that I propose in my works. There could be a lot of interpretations for the simple name of painting. Linguistic information is very important for me. It can propose different directions of reading the whole visuality of the work. I want to attract the viewers eye and get him stocked in the complex of layers and materials used in image. The world we live in is very fast painted world means a break from all the stories we are going thru.
What achievements do you most appreciate in your work?
This is certainly the annual contest of Slovak painting, where I was twice a finalist. Last year I was exhibited at the Youth Biennale in Moscow, as well as in Budapest and Prague. At present I represent the work at the exhibition in Yekaterinburg.
* According to the Slovak education system, a grammar school is a transition link between a secondary school and a higher educational institution, when entering a gymnasium, students choose a profile of training that is later implemented in the university
** Hereinafter - the Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava.
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