In her recent works Berlin-based artist Marta Vovk (born 1989 in Lviv, Ukraine) preferably resorts to materials such as spray paint, window color, (boat) varnish, acrylic paint and plywood panels of various sizes. The composition of these materials is usually preceded by well forward planned working process beginning with collages created via Photoshop and hand-drawn sketches. Final works incorporate estranged, graphic elements from the advertising industry, stickers, doodles, figures and shapes from comic culture and urban graffiti. The artist positions herself aside from a too strong politicisation of her art in traditional art history.

After completing her studies in German philology and art history at the University of Bremen from 2009 to 2011, Marta Vovk continued to study fine arts at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin with Friederike Feldmann and at the Kunstakademie Wien with Daniel Richter from 2011-2017.

Vovk subsequently received grants from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe (2020) and artist Residencies abroad. Since 2015 she is part and co-founder of the conceptual working artists’ collective ‘Sorgen International’. She has been in many international exhibitions at the Tube Culture Hall in Milan (2022), at the KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art in Art Berlin (2020), at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2017), at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna (2016), and many more. Her work is also in public collections, such as the Pizzuti Collection at the Columbus Museum of Art in the USA, the Wemhöner Collection in Herford and at the Finstral Collection in Bolzano.

Carpe Diem, 2019, 60×80 cm, Acrylic, spray paint and window color on cotton