PETER MACHATA

PETER MACHATA

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Apr
13

BIOGRAPHY 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 […]

JANA MACHATOVA

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Apr
13

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1972 in Hnusta, Jana Machatova lives and works in Stupava, Slovakia. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Kremnica in 1990, she continued her studies under Professor Anton Cepka at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, from which she graduated in 1997.Since 1992, she regularly participates in international exhibitions and her works are part of private and public collections (Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), Hejral Collection Smržovka (Czech Republic). "Jana Machatova is one of the first Slovak fine artists who completed her study of jewelry at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (under Cepka and Weisslechner). During her time there, she underwent a geometrizing and kinetic episode under Cepka’s influence; however, she soon shifted her attention to the theme of memory. She works on this theme in mutually interconnected layers – through her own story, touched up by retrospective optimism and through commentaries, which provide a bitter (or) realistic crown on sweet childhood times. Thus, the accent on personal, family or fantasy memory traces developed in the form of medallions in laminated photography or in carved silver sheets alternates by tuning in to a wider context. In her jewelry, Socialist […]

KARIN HERWEGH

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Oct
05

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1968 in Zuiddorpe, The Netherlands, Karin Herwegh first studied fashion design at the St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda from 1986 to 1991. After two years in the world of fashion, she realized that this universe and the frenzied rhythm of the collections did not correspond to her aspirations and slowly began to experiment with different types of materials and to gather drawings and sketches according to her inspirations. She finally decided to continue her studies by training in jewellery techniques first at the Technical school s'Hertogenbosch (NL) and then at the Technical school (Nijverheidsschool) of Antwerp section Goldsmith-jewellery.Her works are in the permanent collection of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (NL) and the Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg (NL). She lives and works in Hoofdplaat (NL). "More and more, my work is becoming a kind of personal visual report on the things and issues I care about. The fact that I can simply use a piece of wood and a knife to create contemporary work makes me feel independent from modern technology. The designs are not fixed beforehand, each necklace is made within its own whimsical logic. I decide on shape and size while I […]

ALEXANDER BLANK

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Oct
05

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1975 in Büdingen (DE), Alexander Blank does not owe his current career as an art jeweller to an early vocation but to a happy combination of circumstances. After discovering that the photographer he wanted to study with had already an apprentice, he introduced himself to his neighbor who turned out to be a goldsmith. After two years of apprenticeship, he continued his professional technical training in Hanau and Hanover before joining the Design Academy of Hanau, where he really discovered the discipline of contemporary jewellery and its horizon of possibilities. Graduated in 2004, he then joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under  direction of Otto Künzli, where he studied until 2010. He received the Herbert Hoffmann Preis in 2012 and his works are featured in many prestigious public and private collections, including the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn (NL), the Kestner Museum, Hanover (DE) and the Hiko Mizuno Collection (JP).He lives and works in Munich since 2010. FOLLOW HIMInterview by Susan Cummins for the AJFArticle byLiesbeth den Besten on Klimt02

SUNGHO CHO

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Oct
05

   Born in 1975 in Cheongsong, Korea, Sungho Cho graduated in Metalwork & Jewellery from Seoul National University. Between 2006 and 2008, he moved to Florence to study at the prestigious Alchimia school with two masters of the contemporary art jewelry field, Manfred Bischoff and DavidBielander before completing his training with Otto Künzli from 2008 to 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 2013, he received the title of Best Jeweler of the Year in Korea and his works appear regularly in exhibitions in Europe and the USA. His works are present in many permanent collections of international museums such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, USA), The Chiwoo Craft Museum (Korea) and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection (Basel, Switzerland). Between abstraction and figuration, Sungho Cho's works are characterized by their humor and discreetly subversive dimension. The artist brilliantly combines an elegant and sophisticated metal work and the straightforward use of poor materials such as wood and recycled plastics. This improbable combination highlights the accuracy of his perception of the world around him. Over the past few years, he has been reflecting on the relativity of financial and monetary values, using […]

FABRIZIO TRIDENTI

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Oct
04

BIOGRAPHIE Born in 1962 à San Giovanni Teatino, Fabrizio Tridenti is an Italian art jeweller. After graduating in 1982 from Istituto Statale d’Arte, Penne, he spent a few years as an apprentice in a couple of reknown workshops, before establishing his studio in  1993 in Pescara. Today he lives and works in Vasto. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums internationally, such as MAD Museum in New York, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich,  the Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, in Florence, the Amber Museum in Gdañsk, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. The aesthetic language developed by Fabrizio Tridenti reflects in a frontal way the reality of the contemporary industrial and technological environment. Using poor materials, usually industrial waste, he composes, out of chaos, monumental and powerfully designed objects. By refuting the traditional aspects of jewelry such as functional, formal and aesthetic values, he moves his reflection on the field of conceptual art and proposes a wider field of investigation for the jewel. "My intention is to isolate an interesting shape out of this chaos. I am more attracted by the casualness of events than by determining them, because in project design and development […]

FELIEKE VAN DER LEEST

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Aug
11

BIOGRAPHY Born in Emmen, the Netherlands in 1968, Felieke van der Leest lives and works in Øystese, Norway since 2008. After completing her initial jewellery training at the Schoonhoven Technical School, she graduated in jewellery design from the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1991.Felieke van der Leest's works combine textile techniques with traditional jewellery design, combining gold, silver, pearls and plastic to develop a unique conceptual language. The resulting pieces are pop-inspired works, immediately recognizable by their humor and causticity. Under a playful appearance her works hide thought-provoking comments on contemporary societal issues such as the environment, the animal condition and gender.Her works appear in numerous public and private collections: the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, the KODE Art Museums in Bergen, Norway, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Montreal, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design of Oslo, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, the Racine Art Museum, the Royal College of Art Visiting Artists Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, among  others. FOLLOW HERWEBSITEMONOGRAPHY - ARNOLDSCHE PUBLISHERKLIMT02FACEBOOK

GISBERT STACH

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Aug
11

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1963 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, Gisbert Stach lives and works between Graefelfing and Munich. After graduating as goldsmith from the Staatliche Berufsfachschule für Glas and Schmuck, Kaufbeuren-Neugablonz, he studied sculpture and jewellery from 1988 to 1990 under the direction of artist and jeweller Peter Skubic at the University of Applied Sciences for art and design in Cologne. From 1991 to 1996, he joined the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich to study art jewellery under Professor Otto Künzli.His works are part of numerous museum and private collections, including Die Neue Sammlung - Design Museum in Munich; the Fondazione Cominelli in Brescia; the Museum of Modern Art Tarragona; Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan; Art Gallery of Legnica in Poland; the Museum of Bohemian Paradise in Turnov, Czech Republic; the Amber Museum of Gdansk in Poland. In addition to numerous personal exhibitions such as "Schmuck und Experiment" (Jewellery and Experimentation) organized during the last edition (2019) of Munich Jewellery Week by the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein gallery, his work is frequently showed in group exhibitions, such as Medusa at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 2017. In the field of contemporary jewellery, Gisbert Stach appears […]

ALEJANDRA SOLAR

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Aug
11

BIOGRAPHY Born in 1975 in Mexico City, Alejandra Solar currently lives and works in Luxembourg. After a degree in graphic design, she decided to pursue her university studies and to learn the art of jewellery successively in the United States, Spain and Germany, where she obtained a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Applied Sciences of Trier, Idar-Oberstein. Her works have been published in various books, magazines and catalogs and have been exhibited in numerous international exhibitions.Alejandra received the Design Award from the "Association of Jewellers of Catalonia" in 2006 in Barcelona and the "New Traditional Jewellery Award" from the Sieraad Art Fair in Amsterdam in 2014. Her works are part of the permanent collections of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.Alejandra Solar photographs and collects images from her daily life. She then selects certain figures, landscapes and objects she has discovered to include them in a new narrative context, fueled with mysticism and fantasy. By including these elements in a new context, modifying them and playing with them, she establishes surprising and unexpected links between them and their new environment.The chosen aesthetic is minimalist, arid and fearcefully dramatic. The images resonate with the cold and often dark surfaces of the […]

MÄRTA MATTSSON

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Aug
11

ABOUT Born in 1982 in Stockholm, Sweden, Märta Mattsson first studied jewellery at the Gothenburg School of Design and Crafts, where she got her BA. She then improved her technical skills at the Tokyo Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, United States, where she focused on the techniques of electroforming and resin work. She finally did her MA at the Royal College of Art, London.Since 2006, her work has been actively represented by several international galleries and included in a dozen museum collections including the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Röhsska Museum of art and design and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 2009 and 2011, her works were part of the Schmuck exhibition in Munich.Among the most striking comments about her jewellery, Märta Mattsson particularly remembers this one: "You make jewels for children, not for adults." A quite relevant observation since as the artist confesses, she mostly draws inspiration from  her childhood memories and from that paradoxical sensation of attraction and repulsion brought about by certain small living creatures, and, first and foremost, insects.In line with the aesthetics of cabinets […]