My name is Jozef Práznovsky,
an artist from Slovakia. I live and create in the city Žilina. I
draw, paint, work in graphics and combined technology. Lately i'm
specificly interested in figural composition with a touch for color
and space. From 1999 i'm active in sacral art.
I'm a holder of four certificates.
SLOVAK RECORD for the most created Betlehems of various types, 538
pieces displayed in Radoľa Mansion in 2010. I beat this record in
2014 when i displayed 843 Betlehems INCHEBA in Bratislava during
Christmas Days. I'm also a holder of a certificate for the smallest
Betlehem created with measures of 6x6mm created from a berry of new
spice and the figurines are cut into rice. The third certificate is
from the company Who is Who in Slovak Republic that added me in 2009
into personal cyclopedia of big names from the life of art. The
fourth certificate is from Oxford Cyclopedia in 2015 that added me
the to big names of Czech and Slovak Republic.
I was on various expositions in many
places of Slovakia and Czech Republic. To the most precious
expositions belongs the exposition of Betlehems in the basilica of
Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome (Italy) in 2009, Krakow (Poland) and
international exposition in the church of saint John the Baptist in
Jindrichuv Hradec in 2013.
I present my work in the
form of unusual miniatures Betlehems under the name „BETLEHEMS
LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW THEM“ and miniatures of cross roads in an
To create Betlehems i use natural
materials. The figurines are created from wood, clay, modurite,
sandstone, calcite and cut into burnt brick.
The tiniest Betlehems are made in a
match, polystyrene, pear, bread, poppyhead, acorn cup, wood,
seeshell, grape berries, new spice, hoofs, flower, various types of
fruit and vegetables and so on...
Other Betlehems are made from the
bones of a Christmas carp, wood, tree skin, clay, calcite, frut and
vegetables (pepper, tomato, mango, apple, orange, lemon, kiwi,
grapefruit, red watermelon, lici fruit, corn, cucumber, cucumber
called grgánka, onion, potato, cabbage), chestnut, cracked cap,
agaric, and so on... The tiniest figurines are cut into rice.
Interesting materials are various nut (walnut, cob-nut, coconut),
bamboo leaf, sheel from a turtle, snake skin, bee nest, lighbulb,
various woody plants.