Sculptor JÁN ŤAPÁK is the author of the SVETOZÁR STRAČINA GRAND PRIX 2019 artefact that will be given to the most successful recording.
The prize will be handed over during the closing Gala Concert and Prize Awarding Ceremony to be held on 28 March 2019 at 19.00 in the Big Concert Studio of Slovak Radio at Mýtna 1, Bratislava.
The Gala Concert will be broadcast live on Radio Regina.
Sculptor JÁN ŤAPÁK has dedicated his work to sculpture, drawing and fine arts since 1989.
In 1996 he created the scene for the Slovak National Theatre, Ballet I. Stravinsky - "The Rite of Spring". In 2004 he obtained a grant scholarship by The Pollock - Krasner Foundation. In 2010, he organized a large successful exhibition "Samurai", which was held under the auspices of the Japanese Ambassador Yoshio Nomoto.
Among his major works belongs the statue "Slovakia, Heart of Europe", created for the United Nations in Nairobi / Kenya as well as a monumental five-meter bronze statue "The Prince Laborec" created for the Slovak village Habura. As artist he participated in the completion of the visual concept of the Slovak pavilion at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.
His work can be seen in many Slovak hotels such as Hotel Marrol's Bratislava, Hotel Crowne Plaza Bratislava, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, at Double Tree by Hilton Kosice, Tulip House Boutique Hotel in Bratislava, all of them he enriched artistically. For the artistic national folk dance ensemble "Lúčnica" he created a scene to programs: Carpathian Mountains, Slovak Trilogy and Youth & Beauty.
His fine art work can be found in private collections in USA - Chicago, Dallas, Finland - Helsinki, Germany, Italy and Austria. Solo and join exhibitions are witness to his rich activities. The most important exhibition took place in 2015 on the western terrace of the Bratislava Castle. In 2016 there was an exhibition at the Slovak Embassy in London, in 2017 an exhibition at the Slovak Institute in Moscow as well as in the Savoy Gallery in Bratislava. In 2018 a big exhibition titled "At Heart" took place in the Danubiana Gallery and earned Ján Ťapák the Cristal Wing Award in 2019.