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PETER MACHATA

Born in 1971 in Nové Zámky, Slovakia, Peter Machata lives and works in Stupava (SK). After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava in 1991, he studied sculpture under direction of professor Jankovič at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, where he became assistant between 2000 and 2003 at the AFAD Research Centre in Bratislava. Since 2003, he has been working in this institution, in the Department of Digital Technologies.
Since 1992, he has regularly participated in international exhibitions and has initiated numerous symposia in the field of contemporary jewellery and sculpture.

" Peter Machata, a graduate of Jozef Jankovič’s sculpture studio at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava began to concentrate on jewelry after completing his studies. He perceives jewelry as small sculptures, and thus consistently and consequently builds the syntax of his jewelry based on the principles of relief, plastic formation and box. His jewelry reflects subtle overlaps of jewelry and sculpture methods – his geometric and poetizing abstraction was replaced by figurative metaphor several years ago. He elaborated the elements of religiousness (or spirituality?), which he established in his jewelry by basing them on the iconography of the Pieta, in a new heretical method in the collection of Saintly Relics (boxes with realistically depicted fingers with engagement rings) accenting the topic of marriage. He likes to work in a participative manner, at times by reconstructing jewelry designed by a different artist, at other times, including the potential bearer in his cooperative game, most recently in a series of provocative amulets/talismans. For many years he worked mainly in silver, but today plastic/corian, which allows him to do sophisticated experiments by using a CNC milling machine and scanner, plays a substantial role in his work."
-- Viera Kleinova, 2019

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