Daniel Pešta is an extremely eclectic artist who remarkably revolutionised the logical outcomes of a comprehensive artistic path, exceeding the boundaries of predefined techniques and media, also stimulating the viewer with his provocative oeuvre. From incisive mummified bodies to sinister and apathetic faceless crowds, passing through alien bodies and macabre pregnancies, Pešta is able to shake us all with his incredibly provocative works, reminiscent of the mystical Memento Mori imagery that is so much sedimented in the ancient Medieval roots of European art.
With his avantgarde representations of vibrant metamorphosis and his focus on life cycle, Pešta admonishes the spectator to contemplate and aspire to higher purposes and superior virtues, beyond the immortality of our ephemeral body. Philosophically speaking, an afterlife of multifaceted souls becomes the symbolic inclination of the artist whose captivating figures emphasise a celestial redemption that starts from an intimate analysis of our corruptible flesh. Apocalyptic metaphors are curiously hidden in Pešta’s inscrutable compositions: he conceals the appearances of figures to show the core of human essence. Even in his multimedial creations, he is able to communicate a remote and forbidden fascination for the veiled concepts portrayed. In fact, Pešta is visionary in anticipating the observer’s emotions, touching our innermost sensitive cords and finally capturing our complete absorption in his intellectual references to the inevitability of mortality and impermanence of life.
Each sculpture, installation and collage has a profound and unique meaning that Pešta conceived, investigated and scrutinised in order to convey a thought-provoking artistic scenario that, nevertheless, inspires an overwhelming freedom of interpretations of his cryptic atmospheres. Albeit the unequivocal anxious aura, the fierce awareness of the power of birth, creation and pure vital energy redeems and elevates our minds to wishful thinking. Daniel Pešta is an intricate artist that transcends a formal realism, communicating through a unique combination of inspirational sources resulting in an ingenious vision of an intrinsically timeless art.
International Confederation of Art Critics