Matus Lanyi

1981, Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia


1996 – 2000 School of Applied Arts in Kosice, Slovakia
2000 – 2007 Department of Art Media and Intermedia, Faculty of Arts of the Technical University in Košice, Studio of Graphic and Experimental Work (lead by professor Rudolf Sikora and Zbyněk Prokop), Slovakia


2016 – Hard Drives, Synagogue, Spisske Podhradie – Slovaka
2014 – Jerusalem House of Quality, Jeruzalem – Israel
2014 – RED Gallery, London – UK
2013 – S.C. Elementum, Múzeum, Galéria Vojtecha Löfflera, Košice – Slovaka
2010 – New testament, Východoslovenská galéria, Košice – Slovaka

Selected group exhibitions:

2016 – Art Boca Raron, Miami, FL – USA
2016 – Magaya Gallery, Miami, FL – USA
2015 – SPECTRUM MIAMI, Miami, FL / USA
2015 – Áno Lino, Banska Stanica Comtemporary, Slovaka
2015 – Strom života, Galéria umelcov Spiša, Slovaka
2015 – 167 250 Eur – 90 Diel, Galéria mesta Bratislavy, Slovaka

“The main topic of my work, consiting mainly of paintings and videos, is christian iconography. Taking into consideration its position within european art history I am trying to articulate it through secular visual language. By transformation of the supertemporal messages and christian signs into new connections I am reffering to the preception of its meaning in the present time. Despites that this transformation might evoke some irony or critics, I just aim to offer new point of view on this topic and space on individual interpretation.”

Matus Lanyi deconstructs various global cultural and social contexts, starting points for his projects are usually on the one hand the religious themes, New Testament, Christian iconography, on the other hand the other standardized principles of global society as computer games or design of the operating system Windows, inserted in the rustic, bucolic and authentic ambient. He doesn’t aspire to simply and literally translate and visually reconstruct selected stories from the Bible. Using citations, he brakes down the classical stereotypes of iconographic presentation of Christian motifs, deprives the traditional stories of their primary theological meaning. He substitutes religious context with new qualitative elements.

The Death of Jesus 2007, acryl on canvas 110x260

Crucify him! 2007, acryl on canvas 100x295