Matus Matatko

Synergy of graphics, illustrations, hip hop, history, humor and creativity.


What makes the work of Matus Matatko (1984) distinctive in the realm of Slovak contemporary art scene is the use of classical printing technique as his primary artistic medium. His art proves that linocut doesn’t necessarily belong to the old days and archaic imagery. It can still create pictures that comment on relevant topics, adopt up-to-date visual themes and form an integral part of the contemporary visual culture. The medium can also enrich and inspire new pictorial views and trends. Matatko opens doors to newly defined graphic-art understanding. He creates large scale prints, three-dimensional objects as well as public installations. Apart from his unique formal approach to graphic art he is also a great story-teller. As a creator working exclusively in the fields of figurative art, he naturally tends to express himself in symbolic, allegorical language. This tendency can be traced back to his illustration background. Using literary concepts to create a picture is necessary in contemporary art. His prints can be seen as metaphoric reflections of humanity and cultural phenomena. Nevertheless, his topics are rarely poetic or lyrical. Instead, they include political propaganda, manipulation, religious or historical misconceptions and civilization’s oddities. Despite of their motifs Matatko’s pictures cannot be interpreted as moralistic or austere critiques of society. He approaches these topics with a sense of humor and ironic distance.

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Matus Matatko studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, in the Department of Free Graphic Art and Illustration. His works are often incorporated into exhibitions and shows of young / contemporary Slovak graphics. He has received several art awards including “Most beautiful Slovak book” (2005, 2007), “Nicest spring book”, or Prize of Graphic Trienniale Banska Bystrica (Honorary acknowledgement).

born 16. 11. 1984 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava.


2005 – 2011 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Studio of Free Printmaking and Illustration, studio of Prof. D. Kallay

2000 – 2005 Private high school of arts in Bratislava, Slovakia


2011 – Honorary acknowledgement atTriennale of graphics, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

2011 – Best book of the Spring, Slovakia

2007 – Evolution, Best book of Slovakia

2005 – Dreams of The Caterpillar Pipe, Best book of Slovakia


2016 – slowpunch, Bali, Indonesia

2012 – Self, Photoport Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Ano lino, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia

2011 – Painting workshop at Pohoda Festival, Trencin, Slovakia

2010 – Ano lino, Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia

2009 – MASO Object, Galanta, Slovakia

2008 – Painting workshop at Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

2007 – Cloud comics workshop, Zilina, Slovakia

Selected exhibitions

2016 – slowpunch, Pretty Poison, Bali, Indonesia

2015 – Heroes, Idols and People, Gagarinka Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Slnovrat, Atelier Bavlna, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Rozmanitost Nutna, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Skulptur Lab, Pisztoryho palace, Bratislava, Slovakia

2014 – Prevrat, Multimedial exhibition, Magdalena/4D Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – Gates, Magdalena/4D Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2013 – Sculpture lab, 4D Gallery, Galanta, Slovakia

2012 – Apocalypse now, Galeria Medium, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 – BIB in Japan, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan

2012 – KOmix, 4D Gallery, Galanta, Slovakia

2012 – Blood doesn’t grow on trees, T-Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2012 – Assimilation vs. original, Umelecka beseda, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Contemporary Slovak Graphics, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia

2011 – Biennale of Graphics, Gyor, Slovakia

2011 – BIB, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Jaro Kriplu, Asil Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Transmedial Space of Graphics, Nitra, Slovakia

2011 – U102, Krokus Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

2011 – Tropic, T-Gallery, Bratislava

2010 – Monkey Jumping, Tranzit Dielne, Bratislava, Slovakia

2009 – ERATO, Dunajska Streda, Slovakia

2006 – Exposition of association of illustrators, Ex Libris cafe, Bratislava, Slovakia