Marek Ormandík, one of the youngest artists to have a solo exhibition at the Danubiana, first displayed his exceptional talent during his studies. However, his artistic maturity was not related to his age or experience. Ormandík is a born artist possessing complete mastery of the paintbrush. As a virtuoso of line, he treats it with lightness, applying his skills in improvisation. In his understanding, colour is an expressive medium capable of conveying a wide scale of emotions. Ormandík is a remarkable exponent of new expressive painting developing figurative motifs. He does not reject traditional themes, but rather seeks a new view of contemporary and specific subjects drawn from art history. His work includes a relatively small range of themes based on Biblical motifs, angels and riders, Man of Sorrows, Dante’s Inferno and their modifications. However, their artistic rendering is devoid of any pathos and oscillates between irony and exaggeration, avoiding stereotypes. Yet he masterfully draws on medieval spirituality, expressionistic subjectivity and provocative Neo-Expressionism. He transforms almost sacred solemnity into profane qualities, refining and opening them towards man. Ormandík has discovered inexhaustible possibilities for the treatment of paint. The exhibition presented him as an accomplished painter with extraordinary skills.
Slovak painter born 1968 in Bratislava. From 1983 to 1987 he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava. From 1987 to 1993 he continued studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava under Assoc. Prof. Ján Lebiš, Profs. Igor Rumanský and Dušan Kállay. He is engaged in painting, drawing and book illustration. In 1999 he and his friends Jozef Červeň, Ján Fajnor and František Malík initiated the project, Ateliér 53.