Lucia Tallova

It is all about finding poetry and sentimental values in cold, hard, non-lyrical surroundings.


Or, in some cases, it’s the other way around. Lucia Tallova (1985) primarily focuses on large-scale landscape painting, as well as smaller graphic forms using mainly found photographs. Her efforts have resulted in a very unique artistic expression. For her, landscape is a newly re-discovered field of contemporary visual art. It offers her new artistic and thematic options, and it is gradually expanding into wider artistic contexts. Her presentation of landscape is a suggestive interpretation of a personal view of reality. She fills it with a slightly sentimental or romanticized touch. Lucia mainly uses the contrast of urban or industrial environments combined with a fragment of lace which she transfers to the canvas in distinct layers. Through this means she achieves unique visual effects, as if she has stamped her paintings with a touch of nostalgia and intimacy. The viewer is thus induced with an emotional apprehension of the visible existence of intimate personal memories imprinted on the cold, impersonal backgrounds of sites such as factories, ports, concrete apartment blocks, or abandoned megalomaniacal building complexes typical of Eastern Europe.

In her smaller-scale drawings, graphics and light boxes, she again processes emotions in her own, highly unique way. Working with the motif of black drops, a frequent image in her works, she creates an illusion of an intimate experience or a fragment of a secret, unpleasant story. The black drops can symbolize a woman’s crying (melted mascara) or even polluted rain in big cities. Lucia Tallova does not avoid motifs that are usually considered exclusively feminine, gentle and aesthetically pleasing. Maybe she creates her own “female gaze” on current reality as well as on the past.

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She finished her studies in Ivan Csudai’s studio at the Fine Arts Academy in Bratislava. Her paintings have now assumed an irreplaceable role among the collective works of young Slovak artists. In addition to the attention she receives from galleries and magazines (the latest article was in The Profile of Contemporary Fine Art), her artwork has received awards in distinguished art contests (e.g., the Strabag Art Award and the VUB Painting of the Year)

born 23. 11. 1985 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava.


2005 – 2011 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Painting and Other Media, studio of Prof. I. Csudai

2001 – 2005 High school of applied arts and design in Bratislava, Department of Sculpture and Stone carving


2013 – Painting 2013, VUB Foundation Award to Young Artists for Painting – 1st place, Slovakia

2012 – One-year grant for fine art graduates, Revolving grant system Artservis, Slovakia

2010 – Strabag Artaward International 2010 – winner of recognition, Austria


2014 – Regular Line Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California / 4th July 2014 – 21th July 2014

2011 – Strabag Artstudio, Vienna, Austria / 1th August 2011 – 30th November 2011

Selected solo exhibitions

2015 – Sea, Nevan Contempo, Praha, Czech Republic

2015 – Black Roses, SODA Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Dear Darkness, Gallery Schemnitz, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia

2014 – She does not know how much strength she needs to overcome herself, Magna Gallery, Piestany, Slovakia

2014 – By Tears The Black Pearl Revives, Gallery Vernon, Prague, Czech Republic

2014 – Skydivers, brides & wheels, Chimera – project, Budapest, Hungary

2014 – Porcelain Roses, Gallery Dunaj, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – Paper Stories, Gallery Artoteka , Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – My Tears Have Turned to Snow, INDUSTRIAL Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic

2012 – Doesn’t stop, Gallery of M. A. Bazovsky Trencin, Slovakia

2011 – Schwarzer Regen, HotDock Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Bitter Sweet, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Blur minds, clear sights, Stanica Zariecie, Zilina, Slovakia

2011 – I can not sleep again, Galeria Domu novinarov, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010 – Hidden grace of black stories, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria

2009 – Sweet city, Gallery of Jan Koniarek, KlUb 3, Trnava, Slovakia

2009 – Lucia Tallova, SODA Grand opening, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Selected group exhibitions

2015 – Coze je to 50-ka!, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2015 – Devoid Places, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2015 – A Touch of California, Platform 1 – 12, Topolcany, Slovakia

2014 – Vis-a-vis, Ecoart gallery, Vienna, Austria

2014 – One Step Forward vol.3, INDUSTRIAL Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic

2014 – I CAME, I SAW, …, Apricity Gallery, Santa Cruz, California, USA

2014 – Young Slovak Art Show, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia

2014 – Darker than Black, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Poetics of the periphery, Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – Home sweet home, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – Painting 2013, Gallery Nedbalka, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – One Step Forward vol.2, The Brno House of Arts, The House of the Lords of Kunstat, Brno, Czech Republic

2013 – PANEL STORY, Bratislava City Gallery, Palffy Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 – Trauch Dich Kunst, Galerie Kuchling, Berlin, Germany

2012 – Indefinite Scenery, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 – 6th Zlin Youth Salon 2012, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin, Zlin, Czech Republic

2012 – Indefinite Scenery, Gallery of M. A. Bazovsky, Trencin, Slovakia

2012 – As You Don’t Know Them, Galeria mladych – Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2012 – Back to the Reality, Photoport, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Consistent, Orava Gallery, Dolny Kubin, Slovakia

2011 – Exhibition of Diploma works 2011, The Bratislava House of Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010 – Painting 2010, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010 – INTER-VIEW, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2010 – Fragile eternity, Ateliers Pro Arts, Budapest, Hungary

2010 – ART NOW, Kasarne Kulturpark, Kosice, Slovakia

2010 – Exhibition of the prize winning works, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria

2010 – One Step Forward, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2010 – Parallels, Barcsay Hall, Academy of fine arts Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2009 – PRAHA!!!, Galerie Start, Uhonice Studio, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 – VSVU / VSUP, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in PragueGallery, Prague, Czech Republic