Hello Patrik, welcome to Artdecas! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for having me! My name is Patrik Suivel and I made my first painting when I was 25. I was raised in an environment that influenced my sports and artistic career. Since my early childhood, my family encouraged me to be versatile. Culture, art, and sports were integral parts of my youth.

What themes or subjects inspire your art, and why?

Social circumstances and society, life, and the coexistence of man and woman, wildlife, and nature.

Could you describe your creative process, from idea to finished artwork?

Rarely is there a concept or sketch; mostly, there is an idea in my mind, a lot of energy, and the need and desire to share.

Patrik Suivel

Patrik Suivel is an artist with a passion for art and a diverse career that includes education at the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University in Bratislava and Sports sciences at the Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He has a family historical connection to Austria and Hungary too and speaks 5 languages. Suivel is a personality who inspires us all with his genius in creativity. His creations stem from deep emotions, and he finds art as a means to vent and express his inner self. He believes that art has the power to heal and give meaning to life. Patrik Suivel is an unmistakable artist who spreads the message that artistic expression is accessible to all.

Are there any particular artists or art movements that have influenced your work?

Everybody and everything inspire my work.

Do you have a favorite medium or technique that you enjoy working with the most?

Wood and concrete, but iron too.

Can you share a bit about your artistic journey and how it has evolved over the years?

The very first painting came out of a difficult life situation. Love, anger, disappointment are always the best motivators and drivers, however sad it may be…

Are there any recurring motifs or symbols in your artwork that hold special meaning to you?

There is nothing like that. Only provocation.

What do you hope viewers take away from your art or experience when they see it?

That’s a lot or nothing. I am excited if they are thinking about it and discussing it. To observe them and see the guesses about what this or that is about is very thrilling.

How do you balance personal expression with meeting the expectations of your audience?

That’s the very first thing you should learn as an artist: do not have expectations! Let the art be. Let the people think. Let the people have fun. Let them be sick, sorry, scared, angry, disgusted, or happy…

Can you share a memorable story or experience related to your art and its impact on others?

One hated it, and one named it as the most beautiful work ever seen. Anyway, every single reaction counts.

Do you have any upcoming projects or exhibitions that you’re excited about?

There will be several interesting exhibitions coming up in the nearest future. One that is planned long-term is the “World of Sports,” an abstract expression of different sports disciplines.

What challenges do you face as an artist, and how do you overcome them?

Yes, there are some of them: fear and concerns, doubts, expectations of excellence, accuracy, and flawlessness, but the biggest one is patience.

How do you find inspiration when you’re facing a creative block?

Stop working. 😀

Could you name a few of your favorite pieces and tell us the stories behind them?

The sculpture “ORYX” or “The Dragon” brings us back to the past and reminds us of the cruelty of socialism. It commemorates my grandfather, who lost all his property in 1948 when the communists in Czechoslovakia expropriated his business, his manufacture, his shop, and put an end to his family tradition. He never recovered from the trauma. “The Dragon” symbolizes the totalitarian regime, which ruined everything that people had been building for years. It destroyed material and spiritual values and devastated people. The regime erased tradition, culture, and values, which we have been missing in Bratislava ever since. The shards that mirror the dragon’s eye symbolize the ruined existences while offering a look into the face of the socialist regime after 70 years. “The Dragon” is the second piece I made from the 80-year-old sour cherry tree that belonged to my grandfather.

What role does art play in your life, both personally and professionally?

The connection between sports and art has been the leitmotif of my work. I am currently preparing an art project called the “World of Sports,” and I hope to present it soon to as many viewers as possible.

Are there any future goals or aspirations you have in your art career?

My goal is to bring the world of sports closer to art lovers and to attract sportspeople to the gallery.

Are there any art-related organizations or causes you’re passionate about supporting?

When I was 20 years old, I founded a civic association – a sports club that helps children and adults spend their free time meaningfully. Social responsibility, education, physical and spiritual health have always been at the center of my attention, and I like to address these themes also in my artistic work.

Can you share a few tips or advice for aspiring artists looking to pursue their passion?

Being creative on a playground, in an office, or in a studio is very liberating. In sports, I have always tried to entertain people with beautiful action, and I feel the same about my art.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our audience, a message or insight into your art?

I was doing sports my whole life to be creative on the playground; now I create because I don’t do sports anymore.

Thank you, Patrik!

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