Tomáš Libertíny

The artist and designer Tomáš Gabzdil Libertíny was born in 1979 in Slovakia. In 2001, when he won a scholarship from the George Soros Open Society Institute, he decided to study at the University of Washington in Seattle. Soon after, he decided to continue his education at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 2006, he finished university obtaining an MFA from the Eindhoven Design Academy, achieving a fully mature style. The artist, in fact, definitively abandoned the idea of using a pictorial method of painting for his works and began to explore the use of new construction materials to express his ideas. In 2007, he exhibited Honeycomb Vase at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, introducing the concept of “slow prototyping” and the theme of the contrast between nature and culture. Feeling the need to provide a conceptual basis to his art, he began writing a series of critical essays that drew inspiration from such sources as Freud and Lipovetsky that gathered his thoughts on the creation of a work of art. In 2007 he opened a studio in Rotterdam where he has devoted himself to studying new artistic techniques and new design strategies. His works are in the permanent collections of several world-class museums including MoMA in New York, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 2009 he was named Designer of the Future at Design Miami/Basel and was a winner of the Dutch Design Award.

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