The artist

Domen Lo, young slovenian digital creator and artist, produces most of his artworks in only two dimensions. Putting aside some exceptions his computer screen represents his canvas and his tablet represents his brush. Not focusing on the used media Domen stays loyal to his expression … the surrealistic motives often shock the viewer with their rawness and directness and emerge a wish to further explore the work and its message.

His style can most easily be defined as grotesque, hyperrealistic or surrealistic – his process consists of painting in a virtual space, allowing him to have complete control of the paint and the ability to mix different classic media that would otherwise not be able to coexist together.

The work plays with the idea of alternate reality, where connecting objects form a playful new visual symmetry, trying to connect to ideas of humans connecting to technology connecting to nature.

Domen is currently working on his PhD in Art & Design Theory.

Artist statement

I am in love with my viewers… I bare my darkest fears and hopes to them, and they come with me on the journey of my everyday life. They live inside my dreams and travel the circuitry of my brain. You know me better than my brothers do … you are me.

What is the point of art, if not to create a world better than reality? And what is the point of looking at art, if not to be forever changed by the experience. This is my view of surreal art. I love to put dreams on a computer screen, I love to give irrationality pride of place. I like to push your buttons. I want you to see the beauty and the fragility of things, which is sometimes only obvious when you see it completely out of context. I love to have no limits.

Have you ever had a thought?! And then another thought … and then joined the two together, and then wondered what would happen if you added another ingredient, and then used that as a segway to something completely mundane? Look at your thoughts sometime, remember them and then see the total ridiculousness of some trains of them. I like to remember these trains, put them all together in a balanced and beautifully colored form, and click them through my mouse finger into your eyes.

I work with the unlimited possibilities of the computer, and also with the traditional mediums of paper, pencils, paints and canvas. In all of my surreal and fantasy artworks, you will see a balance and a lateral, not literal, visual symmetry. There are so many bright and beautiful artworks, and so many dark and desperate artworks. Which is closer to reality?

Exhibitions & Festivals

2015

July » Ulysse ’69, group exhibition » Savona, Italy
May » Iluzija film screening » Prulcek, Ljubljana, Slovenia
May » Iluzija public premiere, RIIBA, Izola, Slovenia
March » International Surrealism NOW, group exhibition » Aveiro, Portugal
January » ISFF NEW WAVE, film festival » Sofia, Bulgaria

2014

December » Diploma Pro 3, group exhibition » Novi sad, Serbia
November » Kulturni bazar, group exhibition » HDMI, Ljubljana, Slovenia
November » NEU/NOW 2014, group exhibition + festival » Glasgow, Scotland
November » Dej povej film screening » Maxi klub, Ljubljana, Slovenia
October » International Surrealism NOW, group exhibition » Coimbra, Portugal
April » Dej povej public premiere » Siska Cinema, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013

May » Ni dovolj public premiere, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2012

2011

June » Artita 2011, group exhibition » Appolonio Palace, Slovenia

2010

June » Artita 2010, group exhibition » Appolonio Palace, Slovenia

2009

December » Metamorfosi, group exhibition » Garlenda, Italy
August » Duolith, solo exhibition » Kostanjevica, Slovenia
April » Posthuman, solo exhibition » Orto Bar, Slovenia
April » Little Red Riding Hood, solo exhibition » InCo Conference, Slovenia

2008

November » Little Red Riding Hood, solo exhibition » LUI Gallery, Slovenia
September » Posthuman, solo exhibition » Jupiter, Slovenia
July » Metamorfosi, group exhibition » Garlenda, Italy

2007

April » Duolith, solo exhibition » Slovenska Kinoteka, Slovenia
February » Posthuman, solo exhibition » Mons, Slovenia

2006

December » Photon Gallery’s Yearly Artist Exhibition, group exhibition » Photon Gallery, Slovenia
December » Little Red Riding Hood, solo exhibition » Kljub Vsemu Gallery, Slovenia

2005

November » Ljubljana Je Ljubljena, group exhibition » Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
November » Kalidays 2005, group exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
November » DevMeet2005 Slovenia, group exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
August » Fotopub 2005, group exhibition » Novo mesto, Slovenia
June » Things that might come handy, solo exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
June » Deviantart Summit, festival, Hollywood, USA
April » Erotica II, group exhibition » Photon gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
February » Manipulacije, solo exhibition » Slovenian Intellectual Property Office, Slovenia
January » Dnevi Kulture, solo exhibition » Domzale, Slovenia

2004

October » Who do you think you are, group exhibition (Honorary Mention)
October » No need to breed, solo exhibition » 404 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
October » 3Delavnica, solo exhibition
September » Let There Be Light, group exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
August » The New Flesh: Version 2, solo exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
June » Museum Of Computer Art, solo exhibition
June » Focus Gallery, solo exhibition
June » Graphics.com, solo exhibition
April » Kanal Mladih, solo exhibition
March » Long Live The New Flesh, solo exhibition » KOZ Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2003

October » Darkscenario, group exhibition
September » Pikslar Best Of 2004, group exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia
April » Gimnazija Jozeta Plecnika, solo exhibition » Ljubljana, Slovenia