Michal Korman

Slovakia (based in France)

Michal Korman (b. 1987) began his art education at the age of five when the Slovak academic painter Jozef Jelenak (working in the tradition of expressionism) admitted him to his courses for children at the school of art in Korman’s hometown, Partizanske. These classes formed his artistic foundations over a period of three years.

In 2005, Korman manifested his specific style: a combination of graphic-like oil painting branded with his signature as a logotype.

In 2006, he mastered the four-year curriculum at the school of art in only two years and graduated with a diploma. Since then, he has continued to develop his personal style of traditional oil painting using figurative motifs and graphic design. This led to his first solo exhibition outside Slovakia in Brussels in 2009. In Belgium that year, he was also recognised as one of the Committee of Regions Forum’s 100 Young European Creative People of Exceptional Talent with the selection organised by Europe’s Creative Cities and Regions on the occasion of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation.

In 2016, Korman began working with his signature themes inspired by Marcel Proust: the plants, flowers, books and objects he collects, marking the passing of time, and his travels.

Throughout the years, Korman spent considerable time in Japan and studied Japanese woodblock prints; his works are heavily influenced by Japanese aesthetics including Rimpa School and Ukiyo-e. In 2020, he had a solo exhibition at Setouchi City Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan.

The artist currently lives and works in Paris.

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