Born 1966 in Zilina, Slovakia.

Lives and works in Bratislava.


1988–1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Bratislava
1993 Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA


2018 Lovis Corinth Prize, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg , Germany
2012 Artist of the Year, Deutsche Bank, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2017 History Repeats Itself, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
2016 The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, South London Gallery, London
2015 Storyboard, Times Museum, Guangzhou
2014 Roman Ondak, Kaldor Art Projects, Sydney
2013 Some Thing, The Common Guild, Glasgow
Escena, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2012 Roman Ondak, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris / ARC, Paris
do not walk outside this area, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
Within Reach of Hand or Eye, K21, Düsseldorf
2011 Time Capsule, Modern Art Oxford
2009 Measuring the Universe, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2017 WAITING. Between Power and Possibility, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2016 Food–Ecologies of the Everyday, 13th Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Fellbach
Ellipsis, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, MO
Wanderlust, The High Line Art, New York, NY
The Distance of a Day, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2015 A fragile but marvelous life, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2014 Burning down the house, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwanju
Invocable Reality, MACBA, Barcelona
2013 13 Rooms, Kaldor Art Projects, Sydney
2012 When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Francisco, CA
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
2011 September 11, MoMA PS 1, Long Island City, NY
ILLUminazioni - ILLUminations, 54th Venice Biennale
2010 6th Berlin Biennale
2009 53rd Venice Biennale

Roman Ondak's work evolves from a performative conception and consists of sculpture, installation, photography, drawing and performance. The artist often uses found objects. His medium is the everyday and society's sets of expectations, assumptions, automatisms and projections that shape our perception of reality. Although the collaborative approach is not always immediately visible, Ondak has also foregrounded the production of object-based elements by others: For his series of drawings and objects entitled Common Trip, for example, the artist asked others, among them family and friends, to make a drawing or object based on his description. Often, Roman Ondak transforms everyday rituals into poignant performative situations, obliquely addressing social and political ideas and images.