2001-2005 – AVU, Prague, Czech Republic
1999-2001 – VŠVU, Bratislava, Slovakia
Viktor Frešo is a Bratislava based artist, widely exhibited and collected throughout Europe. One of the most remarkable figures of the contemporary art scene in the region of the former Czechoslovakia, Frešo’s brand is based on a broad thematic scope saturated with provocation and sharp observations.
The artist creates sophisticated concepts and projects that he presents as seemingly simple, and finished “art pieces”. All the same, they never cease to reflect the current affairs. Frešo is often critical in his work and aggressively expresses his contempt of the art scene and its mechanism, which he balances out with a light, humorous and playful undertone. His approach is direct, efficient, employing visual tools and punching gestures. Whether he intervenes in a public space or exhibits in galleries, an immediate creative action shows itself in the process.
Bashfulness is foreign to the artist, who never misses a chance to publicly present his radical opinions. One might however contemplate about the artist’s intent- is it a desire to provoke a discussion and to point out the limits of contemporary art, or is it a mere demonstration of a self-centered affect?
Such ambiguity belongs to the comprehensive list of Frešo’s strategies. One of the most fascinating elements of his creation is the ostensible emphasis on huge, grandiose ego presented with disarming self-ironic humility. His ability to reveal the dark sides of his soul, his sins and misdemeanors, and throw them to the world regardless of consequences raises the question about the real motives in the artist’s work.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Niemand in Amsterdam, Unveiling of the public sculpture, Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
DOKOUPIL - FRESO, Kunsthalle Kosice, SK
Part 1, SODA Gallery, Bratislava, SK
I.N.D.I.A, all India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, India
Art is Nice, Dvoraksec contemporary, Prague, CZ
Park Me, Cotilla Gallery, Fort Lauderdale Miami, USA
Pure For You, Gallery Komart, Berlin, D
Cataratas de Freso, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Maison de la Plage, Domaine du Rayol, Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, France
Buena Europa, Sindicatura Nacional de Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Eastern Connector, Prinz Prager Gallery, Prague, CZ
CONNECTION, Eastern Slovakian Gallery, Kosice, SK
VFINDC, The Koloman Sokol Gallery, Washington DC, USA
FRESOVSODE, SODA Gallery, Bratislava, SK
Something About ART, Galerie U Dobreho pastyre, Brno, CZ
POP-FIX, The Municipal Gallery Rimavska Sobota, SK
City Gallery, Bratislava, SK / City Gallery, Kossice, SK / City Gallery, Rimavska Sobota, SK / Collection Marek, Brno, CZ / Daglicht Collection, Eindhoven, NL / Danubiana Muelsten Art Center, Bratislava, SK / Gallery Cyprian Majernik, Bratislava, SK / GJK, Trnava, SK / Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, D
National Gallery Prague, CZ / Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, SK / Private collections in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain