Devoted (2023) Painting by Miloš Hronec

Oil on Canvas, 43.3x31.5 in
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Exhibited: Galéria Topoľčany 2023 -- *Who am I?* I am a member of a 2.8 million year old species that calls itself: Homo sapiens sapiens. I am an individual on a 4.5 billion year old planet, somewhere deep in the approximately 13.7 billion year old universe. I am the most important and at the same[...]
Exhibited: Galéria Topoľčany 2023

*Who am I?*

I am a member of a 2.8 million year old species that calls itself: Homo sapiens sapiens. I am an individual on a 4.5 billion year old planet, somewhere deep in the approximately 13.7 billion year old universe.

I am the most important and at the same time completely unimportant.
For the universe I am nothing, for myself the entire universe.

Self as an entity, consciousness constructed by physical form and influenced by its overall physiological makeup.
Me as an individual, located here and at this moment, shaped by family and social background, life experiences and the time in which I exist.

I am the universe, a part of it, a temporary cluster of energy that I can manipulate. Using it to influence yourself, your surroundings, and thus the universe itself.

I am an individual. Existing now, alive in this moment.
Aware of one's self, one's presence and one's own mortality.

*Awareness of one's own mortality*

Not looking at humanity as a whole, each individual tries to find his own happiness.
In the sequence of events, which he can either completely or only to a small extent influence with his decisions, up to circumstances over which he has no influence at all.

I consider mortality to be key in human thinking. Although the awareness of one's own death is repressed for logical reasons in everyday life, it is a constantly present fact that accompanies us all the time.
Whether a person dedicates his life to faith, work, family, experiencing joy and pleasure, or wishes to leave something behind, it is precisely the constant presence of finitude that is the hidden spice of life.

A person mostly tries to fill his life with work, contribution to society, experiences, upbringing of offspring and ties with other people. He longs for love, recognition, knowledge, that is, for a fulfilling life.
In this process, whether successful, partially successful, or outright unsuccessful, he is the recipient of various feelings and experiences throughout his life.

I consider this very moment, when emotions enter a person, to be the moment when a person experiences life the most. It is thus the most alive and "most exists" for itself.
For these reasons, I focused on this moment in my paintings.

Kierkegaard came to the idea that we cannot fit the personal experience of our own life into any universally applicable system, and every human life, every human existence is highly individual.

Likewise, I consider every single situation in life to be individual. At a given moment, everything in the universe is as it is, but in just a small moment, countless things are completely different.

I capture only a single moment from this time in the picture. Negligible, random, and yet essential for the given individual, because at that moment he is alive, has self-awareness and proves his existence to himself.
Now I feel, so now I am.

Realizing that all moments are only once and can never be repeated in any way gives them a wonderful flavor.

*The existence of an individual without the context of space and time*

The series of paintings I am working on depict human figures in different positions and different mental states.
The main motif of the paintings is man as such. His feelings, thought processes, crises, joys or needs.

The figures in the paintings have clothes indicated either very vaguely, or they don't have any. But not because the primary topic is human sexuality.
Moreover, the background behind the characters is always non-specific, abstract.
The depiction of people is thus not included in any specific historical period, political situation or social status. Although these circumstances greatly affect the individual, my aim is not to examine the original impulse, but the consequence and the moment itself.
So I am interested in the current state, mental state and the human individual as such.

The paintings are expressive. I shape the human figure freely. In places I consciously distort.
Calm parts of the painting alternate with violent, gestural strokes. The slow-drying oil is later contrasted with quick-drying acrylic and spray.

Portrait paintings alternate figuratively. The image of the child alternates with the old man, next to the woman is a man. One experiences happiness, another suffers mentally.
I sometimes get almost to abstraction from less expressive characters.

I created most of the paintings intensively over a period of a year and a half. I repainted many works repeatedly, many completely erased.
During creation, my idea of what and how I want to portray gradually developed. It was a living process.
I often reflected my own crises, suffering, but also joys into the characters on the canvases.

The canvas is signed from the back.
Lacquered with non-yellowing varnish.

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Milos Hronec is a contemporary Slovak painter whose artistic identity has been unmistakably influenced by the lively city of Bratislava. His artistic exploration spans the realms[...]

Milos Hronec is a contemporary Slovak painter whose artistic identity has been unmistakably influenced by the lively city of Bratislava. His artistic exploration spans the realms of oil painting, acrylics, spray art, and drawing, revealing a dynamic and versatile creator.

Hronec's formal expression draws inspiration from a synthesis of expressionism, street art, and graffiti, reflecting the urban energy of his Bratislavan environment. His artistic narrative is a convergence of historical consciousness and contemporary relevance, capturing the ceaseless flow of time, human evolution, technological advancements, and the transient nature of existence.

In his creative process, Hronec intertwines elements of classic historical painting with the vibrant dynamism of graffiti. This unique fusion is brought to life through a technique that marries traditional oil painting with the bold strokes of spray paint, resulting in a captivating interplay of colors and forms.

The essence of Hronec's work is both figurative and expressive, a harmonious blend of established artistic methodologies and spontaneous improvisation. Within each stroke and spray, there lies a narrative that speaks to the artist's fascination with the complex interplay between historical context and contemporary urgency.

Hronec's artistic footprint extends across the globe, with his works finding homes in private collections in the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and numerous European countries. His ability to resonate with audiences on a global scale underscores the universal appeal of his art, transcending geographical boundaries and cultural divides.

Milos Hronec, through his innovative fusion of traditional and contemporary elements, invites viewers to embark on a visual journey that navigates the intricate tapestry of time, history, and expression. His canvases serve as vibrant reflections of a world in constant flux, where the past and present converge in a harmonious dance of color and form.

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