Emöke Vargová

Emöke Vargová

Born July 29 1965, Dunajská Streda

Graduate of the Academy of Arts and Design in Bratislava, where she studied under Rudolf Fila. After studying painting, her interest turned increasingly to objects and installations utilising experimental approaches and non-traditional materials. The work of Emőke Vargová defies standard art categories and moves between various media. She is a solitary artist who shifts and elevates objects and experiences from everyday life into an imaginary/artistic world. She can be ranked among artists who, in the words of Rudolf Fila, manifest femininity through their creativity without militant feminism.


Emőke Vargová arrives on the art scene in the early 1990s after graduating from the Secondary Academy of Arts in Bratislava under Rudolf Fila (1980–84) and later with the same professor in the Painting Department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (1984–1991). Although she graduated from the field of painting, she set off in an experimental direction and worked with non-traditional media, which can also be attributed to the influence of her teacher, for whom exploration and a non-traditional approach to painting came natural. In the early 1990s Vargová worked with common household objects – scourers, window screens – and developed the aesthetic qualities of these “overlooked” items (Reparáty [Resit], 1991


In the 1990s, she continued to develop her experimental work, with transparency becoming her central motif. She created fragile, subtle and meditative objects: Kostky [Cubes] (1995), Polštáře [Pillows] (1996), a series of books (1996), and in addition to netting, she uses transparent textiles, textile film and tracing paper. At the end of the 1990s and in parallel with her experimental work, she begins painting again, introducing autobiographical elements into her pieces. Besides acrylic paintings on drawing films (More amore, 2002), she transposes painting into soft stitched images. As such, she moves at the interface of images, objects, reliefs or mental maps (Měkké obrazy [Soft Pictures], 1998–99


20th Century - History of Slovak Visual Arts (group exhibition, Bratislava)


In 2004, she returns to painting and creates many works in acrylic (Profilové situace [Profiled Situation], 2004


Contemporary Slovak Art 1960 - 2000 (group exhibition, Budapest)
Draughty in Contemporary Slovak Painting 2000–2005 (group exhibition, Banská Bystrica )


Autopoesis (group exhibition, Bratislava)
IN(TER)MEDIA(S)RES (group exhibition, Žilina)


Príbehy a fenomény (group exhibition, Bratislava)
1960 → Present / Slovak Art + Czech Guests (group exhibition, Prague)


Pertu No.12: Emese Bencúr, Emőke Vargová (solo exhibition, Nové Zámky)


Premium Line (solo exhibition, Bratislava)


Emőke Vargová: E:V: (solo exhibition, Prague)

Muzeum umění Olomouc 2011-2021