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)

2018 #12 Roman Ondak, mezzaterra11, Belluno
Objects in the Mirror, Base / Progetti per l'arte, Florence
Based on True Events, Lovis-Corinth-Preis, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
2017 History Repeats Itself, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg
Man Walking Toward a Fata Morgana, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
2016 The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, South London Gallery, London
2015 Storyboard, Times Museum, Guangzhou
Teaching to walk, Fondazione Nicola Trussadi, Milan
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, Oxford
The Exhibition Vanished Without a Trace, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
Enter the Orbit, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich
2010 Glimpse, with Robert Kusmirowski, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
Before Waiting Becomes Part of Your Life, Salzburg Kunstverein, Salzburg
Shaking Horizon, Villa Arson, Nice
2008-2010 Measuring the Universe, DAAD Galerie, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2008 Path, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco
Go East, with Zilvinas Kempinas, MUDAM, Luxembourg
2007 My Summer Shoes Rest in Winter, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
2006 It Will All Turn Out Right in the End, Tate Modern, London
Here or Elsewhere, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge
2005 One Year Solo Show, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge
2004 Spirit and Opportunity, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
2000 Through the Eye Lens, Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Someone Walking Around, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona
Useful Photography. Photography in Contemporary Slovak Art, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava
2018 1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever, Bundestag, Berlin
The World on Paper, Sammlung Deutsche Bank – Palais Populaire, Berlin
Against the Current. Journey into the Unknown, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2017 WAITING. Between Power and Possibility, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
PÓLPRAWDA | HALF-TRUTH, Królikarnia / National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw
Tugendhat 1, Villa Tugendhat, Brno
High Line Plinth: a new landmark destination for contemporary art, The High Line, New York
2016 Food – Ecologies of the Everyday, 13th Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Fellbach
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.