Svätopluk Mikyta is an artist who mediates between the distant poles of binary structures like the local / global, private / public, representational / abstract, past / present and many other dualities to explore his own vision about an artistic position which is deeply rooted into the Central European socio-cultural reality. Through his series of works realized in various medium from drawings to ceramics, from performative actions to installations and in many different traditional and experimental artistic technics, he is always been seeking the most appropriate way to express the complexity of being determined by ideological narratives, intellectual burden of unsolved historical heritage and the ubiquitous presence of the post-communist condition.
Svätopluk Mikyta was born in 1973 in Čadca, in a small town in northern Slovakia (former Czechoslovakia), near the border with Poland and the Czech Republic. From 1992 to 1995 he studied drawing and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (VŠVU) in Bratislava at the studio of Free Graphics and Book Illustration headed by Prof. V. Kolenčík, and later in 1999 for a year he continued his study there in ceramics at the studio of Prof. I. Langerová-Vidrová. In between, in 1996 he got a scholarship to Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart where he improved his skills in printmaking under the guidance of Prof. W. Gäfgen. In 2001-2002 Mikyta received DAAD scholarship to HDK Berlin at Prof. B. Koberling. Between 2003-2013 he has worked at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design first as an assistant professor at the Department of Visual Communication, from 2008 in the Cabinet of Drawing. Since 2011 he has been working as the head of the Drawing and Graphics Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Technology (FaVU VUT) in Brno. He attended several artist-in-residence programs like: PROGR – residence program in Bern (2004) and ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), New York (2009). In 2003 Mikyta was one of the shortlisted artists and in 2008 he became the winner of the Oscar Čepan Award. In 2011 he won the prestigious art prize the STRABAG Artaward International in Vienna.