Mikuláš Rogovský – boldly capturing the bright

Dancers by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Humenne Museum
Dancers by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Humenne Museum

Right before Christmas 2013 in The Museum of Humenne, Slovakia, a commemorative plaque of Mikuláš Rogovský was presented to the mayor of a small village – Ulič (eastern Slovakia), together with a reproduction of one of his paintings given as a gift to the residents. The painter was born there, lived most of his life in Košice, and some eleven years after his death was symbolically brought back to his roots.

Rogovský studied under Dezider Milly, among others, and after 1952 he devoted himself exclusively to painting. He was very much at home in different media, and whether it was oils or watercolors, his paintings are vivid and bright, emanating the almost unnatural light through and through. Many are executed in my personal favorite -“sketched in” roughly, having the feel of being unfinished, striving to capture the moment before it changes. He loved painting landscape, horses, figures and urban scenes, and I think he succeeded in transporting his rich, sensual view of the world onto the canvas. I greatly encourage you to visit this link for more of his artwork and photos from the mentioned commemoration, or enter his name as spelled here in the image search. You are in for a treat.

Sunflowers by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Strazske
Sunflowers by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Strazske
The Autumn Market by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Strazske
The Autumn Market by Mikulas Rogovsky Source: Strazske