Juraj Florek (Slovakia, 1986) is 100% urban ‘plein-air’ painter. His idealism motivates him to reinterpret pleinair painting and adapt it to the current post-industrial landscape. He is not shy away from the difficult environment, the selection of locations of dysfunctional “Stalker environments” of industrial architecture, or the seemingly unobtrusive corners of the present-day city, he is a painter seeking their unadorned truth.
In 2019, Juraj Florek received The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (Montreal, Canada).
"In general, the city itself is a material for research for me.
The subject matter is about environments, things and places we can see every day, which acquire a new and fresh angle of view as they are transferred through the medium of oil painting."
— Juraj Florek
Among the best examples of 'plein air' painting and the exploration of sunlight on subject matter are the Haystacks painted by Claude Monet.
By returning to the haystacks over and over again, Monet was able to study the effects of seasonal changing light on the same subject.
Stacks of Wheat, End of the day, Autumn (detail)
Stacks of Wheat, End of Summer (detail)
"I prefer the freshness of an immediate painting record to the
perfectionism of veristic painting."
— Juraj Florek
Juraj Florek (Slovakia, 1986), lives and works in Budapest (Hungary). Trained in the Department of Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, in 2009-2010 Florek enjoyed an exchange program at the University of Castilla la Mancha. Also in Spain, in 2017 he carried out a residency at La Factoría Cultural de Avilés.
Since 2011, Florek has had solo shows in his home country, as well as in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Russia. In 2014, the artist received the First Prize in Painting for a Young Artist from the VUB Foundation in Bratislava and in 2019 the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship in Montreal, in Canada.
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'Here, there and everywehere'
Programa Taide 20/21
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