Slovak artist Juro Kralik spent many hours as a young boy in his father’s sculpting studio in former Czechoslovakia. Between 1978 and 1982 he studied at School of Decorative Arts in Bratislava, the city he was born in 1963. He graduated at the Academy of Musician Arts in Prague in 1988. He worked for many years as a free-lance photographer and (once) served as the President of Union of Slovak Professional Photographers. During this time, Juro has continued to create art in all types of media: painting, drawing, graphics and sculpting.
In the early 1990’s, he founded Rabbit & Solution Creative Studio in Bratislava (“Kralik” means “rabbit” in Czech) and became active in graphic design.
Over the course of his career, Juro has organized 17 solo exhibitions of his works and participated in more than 100 group exhibitions.
Since his life has always been ﬁlled with art and sport (his brother was a professional ice hockey player), Juro had an almost natural inclination to fuse the two. With his keen artist’s eye and unerring imagination, he saw the tennis court as a play of light, action, texture, color, image, and idea. Drawing on these sources of inspiration, Juro ﬁrst conceived of Art Grand Slam in 1999. With the collaboration of tennis star Martina Navratilova, Juro had worked tirelessly over nine years to materialize his artistic vision for Art Grand Slam. Together, they have created over three hundred pieces, many of them on the Grand Slam courts. With the art being made, shown, and sold across the globe, Art Grand Slam was truly international in scope.
After the conclusion in this project he started with a new one. When Slovakia became a Eurozone member its currency has ceased to exist. Coins that people had not managed to exchange in banks for euro, have become insigniﬁcant pieces of metal. Thus the National Bank of Slovakia had begun to melt them down. Juro decided to buy all the remaining rest of the coins and save their “lives” as each coin has deﬁnitely had its own history. Whether they had done the good or the wrong, they had been doomed to be destroyed, but Juro gave them the chance to survive: re-invent themselves as an elements of color and shape in his recent works.
When Slovak coins were all gone, Juro worked with coins of euro and extensively with british currency. From there there was a small step to issue his „own currency“ with basic unit „One Juro“ which is utilized almost exclusively for the most recent pieces.
They attracted a noticable attention among commercial galleries and private collectors at home and abroad on both sides of Atlantic and more recently in South East Asia.