Jozef Bajus (Slovakian-American, 1958-) is an Associate Professor of Design and Coordinator of Fiber/Design Program at Buffalo State College (BSC). In 1985 he received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Slovakia).
He is an award-winning fiber and mixed media artist, Bajus is the recipient of the 2016 Langley Kenzie Award, which is 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. Currently on exhibit through January 2017 the solo exhibit Nothing is Going Away at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY. He also received the 2008 Esprit de Corps Award, Burchfield – Penney Art Center in Buffalo and President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity 2008, BSC, Buffalo.
Bajus’ 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.
Bajus taught fiber workshops at the American Craft Museum, NYC in 2001, Penland School of Art and Craft in 2005, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2007,2010, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 2000, 2008 and Split Rock in 2009.
Bajus’ artworks are in numerous collections including the Moravian Art & Craft Museum in Brno, Czech Republic, Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia, Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin and Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York. Jozef Bajus’ artworks are included also in private collections in Europe, USA and Canada.
“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.”