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Jakub Trajter

Born March 11, 1983, in Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Education:

  • 1998-2002: Studied at Josef Vydra School of Applied Arts, Bratislava, specializing in stone sculpture under academic sculptor Vojtech Pohanke.

  • 2002-2008: Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Department of Sculpture, under Prof. Juraj Meliš, focusing on sculpture, object, and installation.

Residencies:

  • 2007: Creative residency at Cite d'art, Paris.

Professional Experience:

  • Post-2008: Continued to create actively, participating in both group and solo exhibitions. Works are present in public spaces as well as private collections nationally and internationally.

  • 2015: Contributed to the World Expo in Milan with both collaborative and solo projects. Received the Martin Benka Award for Young Visual Artist the same year.

Competitions:

  • 1st Place: Memorial to the Revolution of 1989

  • 2nd Place: National Bank of Slovakia - Imrich Karvaš Sculpture

  • 3rd Place: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Recent Work and Collaborations:

  • Post-2008: Established own studio, Trajter Sculpture Studio (www.trajter.eu), focusing on freelance creation, interior design, and collaborations with architectural studios (A1 , GutGut ).

  • 2015: Collaboration on the Slovak Pavilion at Expo Milan 

  • 2016: Awarded the Martin Benka Prize.

  • 2018: Competitions with the architectural collective - B. Lackovič, E. Zatlukaj, achieving 1st place for the Memorial to the Revolution of 1989, 3rd place for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and 2nd place in the National Bank of Slovakia competition.

 

Artistic Approach:

 

 

Jakub Trajter often employs unconventional materials and techniques, exploring new understandings of space and three-dimensional forms. Early works focused on precise realizations in marble, granite, bronze, and wood, emphasizing the surface and aura of forms. Transitioning to using metal waste, Trajter meticulously reworks materials to give them new shapes, delving beneath the surface to reveal structure, layering, and the inner energy of his objects. His expressive-dramatic sculptures range from stark constructivist assemblies to dynamic, baroque-like compositions, utilizing color and natural metal textures to accentuate fire marks and the passage of time. Trajter's repertoire includes ships, cosmic shapes, futuristic city visions, trees, fantastical beasts, birds, monsters, and figures conveying timeless meanings. His latest work revisits the bronze solitaire, creating a concept of "futuristic sculpture" that captures fleeting moments through multiple perspectives and evoking a sense of movement.

 

 

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