Jozef Bajus

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Opening Reception:
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Exhibition: March 24 - May 6, 2023

Raft of Sanity Gallery
1255 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY



Jozef Bajus (Slovakian-American, 1958-    ) was born in 1958 in Kezmarok, Czeckoslovakia. From 1979-1985, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design/AFAD in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he received his BFA and MFA in 1985. He is currently an Associate Professor of Design and Coordinator of Fiber/Design Program at Buffalo State College (BSC) in Buffalo, NY.

Jozef is an award-winning fiber and mixed media artist and was the recipient of the 2016 Langley Kenzie Award, which was gifted to one outstanding artist from the Art in Craft Media biennial, at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (fall 2015) with a solo show in honor of Ms. Kenzie. He also received the 2008 Esprit de Corps Award at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo and the President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity 2008, BSC, Buffalo. Jozef's work has been exhibited worldwide, including: Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Japan, Korea, USA and Canada. His one-person shows include: Lendfield 2014 at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, The Combing Wave – Recent Works 2008 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, Curved Circle 2006 at the Buffalo Art Studio and at the Museum & Art Gallery of Koloman Sokol in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, 2006.

Jozef taught fiber workshops at the American Craft Museum, NYC in 2001, the Penland School of Art and Craft in 2005, the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2007,2010, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 2000, 2008 and Split Rock in 2009. His artworks are in numerous public collections including: The Moravian Art & Craft Museum in Brno, Czech Republic, the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Jozef's artworks are also included in numerous private collections in Europe, Canada, Japan, and USA.

Artist Statement:

“It is said that nothing is new; everything has already been done. However, the traditional methods of creation can be moved into new dimensions by searching and experimentation. Experiment and chance fascinate me!

Chance is almost always connected with some surprise element and many times it becomes the animating spirit of solving artistic problems. Nothing happens twice therefore I search in spite of the fact that everything has already happened.”



1979-85: BFA and MFA in Painting and Fiber - Academy of Fine Arts and Design /AFAD, Bratislava, Slovakia.



2005- Associate Professor - Tenure with promotion, SUNY Buffalo State, NY, USA.                           

2002- SUNY Buffalo State, Coordinator of Fiber/Design Program, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2001/02- Visiting artist/guest lecturer, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, USA.         

1999- Visiting artists/guest lecturer‚ Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA.

1995- Associate Professor in Fiber and Head of the Fiber Program at AFAD, Bratislava, Slovakia.

1990- Head of Textile Design Studio, AFAD, Bratislava, Slovakia.


Solo Exhibitions:

2018- Jozef Bajus - Gold Rush, Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2018- Jozef Bajus - The Corridors Gallery Hotel Henry, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2017- Jozef Bajus - Recent Work, String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY USA.

2017- Jozef Bajus - Pushing the Envelope, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY, USA.

2016- Jozef Bajus - Nothing is Going Away, BPAC, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2016- Jozef Bajus – I Walk the Line, Indigo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2015- Jozef Bajus & Olga Bajusova - Translation, WNYBAC, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2015- Jozef Bajus - Nothing Happens Twice, Manuel Barreto Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2014- Lendfield, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2014- Long Distance Calls, M.A. Bazovsky Gallery, Trencin, Slovakia.

2013- Long Distance Calls, City Gallery of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2011- Look to What is Beneath, Peter A & Mary Lou Vogt Gallery, Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, USA.       

2008- The Combing Wave, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Collectors Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA.              

2006- Curved Circle, Gallery of Koloman Sokol, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

2006- Curved Circle, Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, NY, USA.                                                         

1997- Objects and Compositions, Slovak Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary.

1996- Artslink, Rutgers University Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

1995- Objects and Compositions, Gallery of Peter Michal Bohun, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia.

1989- Bajus & Ilavsky “ Menej vyrazne” individualne programy, Dimitrovka Gallery, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.


Group Exhibitions (Selected):

2021- East to East, Eastern European and Chinese Contemporary Art, Yingzhou, China.

2021- Biennale Internationale du lin de Portneuf, Deschambault - Grondines, Quebec, Canada.

2021- Art in Craft Media 2021, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY, USA.

2020- Restoration at Silo City 2020, Buffalo Art Studio & Silo City project, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2019- Play/Ground, Organized by Resource Art, Medina High School, Medina, NY, USA.

2018- Co–Artifact, Starlight Studio/Eleven Twenty Projects, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2017- Silk and Tradition, China and Central & Eastern Europe, China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China.

2017- The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry, A Resource: Art Project, Hotel Henry, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2017- Jozef Bajus & BSC Fiber Students, SVU Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. 

2016- ECHO Art Fair, The Highline Loft, NYC, USA.

2015- Art in Craft Media 2015, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY, USA.

2015- New Bridges 11:11, Slovakia-Scotland Exhibit, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia.

2013- My Future Ex, UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2013- A Very Long Engagements, Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, New Scotia, Canada.

2013- Vascular Modes, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2011- Modified Expressions, National Craft Gallery, KAF – Kilkenny, Ireland.

2010- Fibreman – Kherson Art Gallery, Kherson, Ukraine.                             

2004- Strands of Fabrication, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. 

2001- On Paper - New Paper Art, Craft Council Gallery, London, England. 

1999- Chongju International Craft Biennial ’99, Chongju Art Center, Chongju, Korea.

1996- Artslink ’96, The Rutgers Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.                                                          

1994- Fiber- Slovak Textiles ’84-’94, SNG, Bratislava, Slovakia.                                                             

1994- 10 Jahre Internationale Textilkunst in Graz, Graz, Austria.

1993- Other Europe, 2nd Biennial of Tapestry and Textile Art, Tournay, Belgique.                                     

1992- Interplays, “Suhry” - WCC exhibit, Dom Umenia, Bratislava, Slovakia.

1991- Fan, International Exhibition, Namur, Belgique.

1991- Alternativy Tapisetrie – Ceskej a Slovenskej, Dom Umenia, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

1989- 5 Jahre Jnternationale Textilkunst in Graz, Austria.                                                                                           

1989- 5 Jahre Jnternationale Textilkunst in Graz, Austria.

1988- 6th International Biennial of Tapestry, Museum Wlokienictva, Lodz, Poland.

1988- 1st International Triennial of Patterns, Muczarnok Museum, Budapest, Hungary.                                                                      



2021- M&T Bank - Call for Work - Gold Rush - permanent install at M&T Bank, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2018- Arquetopia - Grant, Artist in Residence, Sacred Valley - Urubamba, Peru.

2015- Langley H. Kenzie Award, (solo exhibit at BPAC in 2016), BPAC, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2014- Nomination for Crystal Wing Award in Category Art, Slovak National Theater, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2013- Henkel Award, City Gallery of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia.

2008- The Esprit de Corps Award in category artist 08’, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA.

2008- President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship & Creativity, BSC, Buffalo, NY, USA.    

1992- Honorary Mention "Interplays 92", World Crafts Council Show, Dom Kultury, Bratislava, Slovakia.  

1988- First Prize 1st International Triennial of Patterns, Muczarnok, Budapest, Hungary.

1985- First Prize "Young Fashion Creator", Liberec, Czechoslovakia.


Museums, Collections:

Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Moravian Art &  Craft Museum, Brno, Czech, Republic.

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA.

Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, NC, USA.

Racine Art Museum, WI, USA.

Gallery of Bratislava, Mirbach Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Gallery of MAB, Trencin, Slovakia.      

Szombathely Art Museum, Szombathely, Hungary.

Jozef Bajus' works are included also in numerous private collections in Europe, Canada, Japan and USA.