Jaro Varga is a Slovak visual artist and curator based in Prague. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, and also participated in student exchanges at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in the USA. He has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including Where do we go from here? at the Vienna Secession (2010), Public Folklore at the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz (2011), Delete at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava (2012), Vulnerable Failures at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (2013), City Diary at the Triangle Arts Association in New York (2013), Dysraphic City at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin (2013), When Artists Speak Truth at The 8th Floor Gallery in New York (2016), Prague Biennale 6 (2013), Bucharest Biennale 7 (2016), In Someone’s Else Dream at SODA Gallery in Bratislava (2017), Missing Something and Itself Missing at Ivan Gallery in Bucharest (2017) and many others. In 2018 Jaro Varga designed the murals for Sonia Rykiel brand’s 50 years anniversary, in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and Seoul.
As an artist in residence, Varga has worked at Museums Quartier 21 (Vienna), Futura (Prague), Heppen Transfer (Warsaw), AIR Krems, Center for Art and Architecture ZK/U (Berlin), Triangle Arts Association (New York), and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), among others. In 2008 and 2010, he was a finalist for the Young Visual Artist Award in Slovakia, in 2015 winner of Tatrabanka Award for Art, in 2017 winner of NOVUM Foundation Prize for contemporary art.
Jaro Varga is a commentator on creation and destruction. He enjoys seeking out subtle details of what is lost, and systematically looks after what is just being born. Varga explores more than just one field of study. His range of interest encompasses geopolitical topography, the production and archiving of knowledge, social faux pas, and forgotten moments in history. He illustrates the various interconnections between the objects, moments, situations, or places that he finds or consciously seeks out by working with both their form and content.