"I am seeking to renew interest in traditional art, offering a modern view of precious cultural heritage to today’s generations.. I aim to see new way of communicating concepts, renewing forgotten and linking it with symbols and cultures all over the world where I see no borders and limits for mutual understanding and inspiration. Simplicity is crucial. I honor aesthetics and harmoniously combine the objects, light, the models in a unity."
She is an author and photographer of her photography work of art, “Slovak Renaissance”. It represents the first modern art photography display of Slovak Folk Art and cultural heritage in Slovakia.
2021 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", DEBRECEN, Hungary, curated by Hamish Park, EUNIC Hungary (the network of national cultural institutes of the European Union) was coordinated by the German Cultural Forum in Debrecen, the Hungarian Representation of the British Council, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Budapest, AVL, British Telecom, the City of Debrecen and the Austrian Atelier Jungwirth, an outdoor exhibition featuring 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State, which explores the diversity of European Heritage. On view: June 11th - July 12th, 2021
2020 - "Art of Photography", Barcelona, Spain, curated and organised by PH21 Contemporary Photography Gallery in cooperation with Valid World Hall Gallery in Barcelona, international group exhibition, on view: 6th January 6th - 13th January, 2020
2020 - "Still Life, Alternative exposures", Rome, Italy, Millepiani, curated by Loosenart Mag Gallery, international group exhibition, on view: 3rd January - 6th February, 2020
2019 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", SIBIU, Romania, curated by Hamish Park, The Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest in collaboration with EUNIC Romania, the European Commission Representation in Romania and the Municipality of Sibiu, an outdoor exhibition featuring 28 photographs, one from each EU Member-State, which explores the diversity of European Heritage. On view: April 18th - May 16th, 2019
2018 - "The Essential", Rome, Italy, Millepiani, curated by Loosenart, international group exhibition, November 2018
2018 - "ANOTHER EUROPE", London Kings Cross, UK, group exhibition of European Heritage as representing artist for Slovakia, around the Kings Cross area of London, along King’s Boulevard and Pancras Square, curated by Hamish Park, UK, Austrian Cultural Forum London in collaboration with the Representation of the European Commission in the UK and EUNIC (European Union National Institutes of Culture). On view: July 10th - August 9th 2018
2017 - Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, photography art exhibition "Slovak Renaissance" (2012-2014) ...when beauty comes to light, Slovakia, opening ceremony June 2, 2017. The exhibition ran until September 3, 2017.
2017 - Miloš Alexander Bazovský Gallery in TrenÄín, "Slovak Renaissance" (2012-2014) ...when beauty comes to light, Slovakia, photography art exhibition, curator: Elena Porubänová, GMAB, TrenÄín (2.2. 2017 - 26.3. 2017), Slovakia
2016 – “EURO2016” Paris, La Place de L’Hotel de Ville – Esplanade de la Liberation, “Slovak Renaissance” digital and print presentation, “beauty and art of fashion” portfolio, photographer’s profile (GOOD IDEA SLOVAKIA - country representation), Paris, France
2014 – “SLOVAK RENAISSANCE” beauty and estetics of Slovak folk art, art exhibition with international impact showing wedding ceremony headpieces of the traditional female dress focus on the design and ornaments of traditional feminine symbols, grand opening 5.8.2014, PiešÅ¥any – city of culture, Kursalon, Slovakia
2010 – co-author of photo exhibition entitled “Sme Äi nie sme iní” (Are we different or not?) on the SNP Bridge over the Danube, under the auspices of the nonprofit organization Proti Prúdu o.z., Slovakia
2009 – “Pomáhame odraziÅ¥ sa” (Helping them bounce back), a nontraditional concept exhibition presenting activities by the nonprofit organization devoted to homeless people, Notabene. Exhibit presented at the main railway stations in Slovakia
2009 – “Vášnivo a s citom” (Passionately and with feeling), PiešÅ¥any, city of culture – a modest collection, Slovakia
2008– Carlton Hotel, Bratislava, private collection, Slovakia
2008 – the Viva Musica festival, a “rebelliously” communicated classical music event held in the courtyard of the Old City Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia
Petra Lajdová was born in Bratislava in 1978.
Photography became a part of her life and professional development during her stay in Prague (1999-2004). She won an award in the Czech Republic in 2006 for her creative portrait entitled “Sebeláska” (Self-love). She then began to photograph portraits of artists and nudes. She perfected her craft at internships and during stays in France (2007 - 2010).
From 2008 to 2010 she had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions within the framework of significant artistic events in PiešÅ¥any and Bratislava. In summer 2008 her photos accompanied “Viva Musica!” music festival of a classic in Bratislava´s old center. In summer 2009 she exhibited her works "Passionately with feeling" (2004-2008) in the old cultural town of PiešÅ¥any. In November 2009, Petra exhibited her creative concept accomplished for the Notabene charity organization promotion in accordance with its 8th anniversary. She carried out the original concept called “We help them to take off” and she received first respectful media recognition. This creative photography concept reflects the enjoyment of formerly homeless people who had been able to change their lives and to become respectful personalities.
In September 2010, she exhibited her portraits named “Are we different or not” on the New Bridge over the river Danube of the Capital in Slovakia. In August 2014, she presented renaissance of the art and aesthetics of Slovak traditional folk costumes named “Slovak Renaissance”, to celebrate the art of Slovak ancestors and showing respect and appreciation for Slovak folk art and traditions. In 2015 she presented her work in Monaco (Grimaldi Forum) and in 2016 in Paris at EURO2016 (country representation). In February 2017, she exhibited at Miloš Alexander Bazovský fine art gallery in TrenÄín in Slovakia and achieved over 4200 recording visitors during its presentation (record turnout of the gallery).
Slovak Renaissance artwork showed great solo exhibition display at prestigious Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Slovakia in summer 2017 (2.6.-3.9.2017). Visitors had a great opportunity to see these large-format photographs within great exhibition space in Europe.
In 2018, she exhibited in London, as part of the “Another Europe” group exhibition to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage and in the autumn 2018 in Rome at the international group exhibition entitled “The Essential.” In spring 2019, she exhibited in the cultural capital of Romania, Sibiu, as part of the second edition of “Another Europe” exhibition, held by Austrian Cultural Forum in Romania.
Petra Lajdová is available for gallery display, various art exhibitions, art fairs, and rents. Her photography is available for sale as a limited and unlimited edition of the original art prints. She works in Bratislava and abroad.