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Pavel Čáni: Padinjak Miracle

Solo exhibition of paintings and graphics of the academic painter Pavel Čáni

Exhibition title:
Pavel Čáni Padinjak Miracle 
Place: Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava; Koppel Villa; Zelený kríček 3
Curator: Vladimír Valentík
Opening: 1 March 2012 /Thursday/ at 18:00, Koppel villa GJK
Opening musical guest - DECARISSIMO /Filip Štrauch - piano, Pavel Bogacz - violin, Karolina Hurayová - cello, Ján Brtka - accordion, PROGRAM: Astor Piazzolla - Cuatros Estaciones Porteno /
Duration: 1 March – 1 April 2012


Pavel Čáni, Untitled, mixed media, 2007

Outstanding Slovak artist from Serbia, Kacarevo Pavel Cani, MA was born in an artistic family- the Cani family. He inherited artistic talent from his father. At first Pavel Cani studied in Trnava, Slovakia and later on he continued to study graphics at the Artistic Academy in Novi Sad with Prof. Halil Tikves. He graduated his studies in 1979. In 1982 he finished his post-graduate studies of graphics at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Beograd with Prof. Marko Krsmanovic. After he completed his graphics studies he became a teacher of fine arts at the Jan Kollar Secondary Grammar School in Bacski Petrovac.
Pavel Cani arranged his first independent exhibition of paintings in 1980 in Split - and it was followed by other ones - more than thirty exhibitions in former Yugoslavia and in contemporary Serbia, in Slovakia and in the Netherlands. At the same time he participated in over 400 common exhibitions all over the world from Japan to the USA as well as in world capitals of fine arts in Paris and in New York. He was awarded by plenty of prizes and appreciations both in Serbia and abroad. Besides free graphical creation Pavel Cani devotes himself to utility graphic as an illustrator of books for children.
A recognition sign of Pavel Cani prints in his first period of creation from 1979 were different compositional variations of roof and a roofing tiles motif. Cani’s poetical and artistic orientation changed after he received some experience with colour drawing. He was introduced to the public in this light at an independent exhibition in Novi Sad in 1986. This next period of Cani’s graphical works is characterized by a move from monochromatic forms to more complex artistic topics, figural relations and towards the exteriors.
Another shift of the author’s production occurred in 1987 (prints “A Trip”, “Emancipation and a Meeting”). Pavel Cani started to be interested in allegorical topics, omitting colours and again more attention is paid to a line values. His works started to gain an emphasized poetical and meditative tone present in its current graphical works and also in paintings. Return of colours to Cani’s praphical prints and synthesis of his creative experience are obvious in 1989 when a cycle of prints called a “Boundary” was started in his atelier. The prints from this cycle express the intention of Pavel Cani to demystify and release erotic from any taboo.
In 1991 and mainly in 1992 numerous prints of a new cycle called “Iron Birds” were created in Cani’s atelier based on already existing artistic and aesthetic concept. Since 1994 Pavel Cani has started to create a new cycle of prints relativizing a conventional free print shape. Individual prints from this cycle called “Orbis Pictus” consist of numerous printed forms remaining of old coins. Their content is different: ranging from ancient symbols, auto -quotations of details from author’s prints to quotations of world mass culture.
At an independent exhibition in 2002 in a Culture Centre in Novi Sad the author used his prints as material for collages and artistic objects and at the 6th Biennial of Slovak Artists in Petrovac he used his prints as material for an artistic wall installation where new techniques of post- modernist expression and further layers of possible levels of aesthetic reception of his creation can be observed.
Rich layers of Cani’s prints and consideration about his production on different levels also provides different interpretations of his artistic intentions from pure artistic interpretations to revealing of hidden allegorical and symbolic meanings.
In the last two years Pavel Cani prepared a remarkable number of oil paintings and painting where he included a traditional product of Slovak folk culture in Serbia- sponge cloth. Its structure and texture as well as colour values were used knowledgeably and creatively in his impressions. Paintings of that kind are intimate and some of them are dedicated to his father and to some to his close friends like Albin Brunovsky and Zuzana Medvedova. He used techniques typical for a post- modernism such as quotations of figures from Zuzana Medvedova creation.
Pavel Cani has been searching for inspiration for his prints and lately also for paintings in the tradition and history of Vojvodina Slovaks and his topics follow the tradition of fine arts of Vojvodina Slovaks the foundations of which were built by K.M Lehotsky (1879-1929) and Zuzana Medvedova (1897-1985). His creation proves that local topics can also be discussed by contemporary artistic language in the spirit of European and world trends.

Vladimír Valentík


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