(*1984) In the years 2003-2007 he studied at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra under the guidance of Jozef Baus and Viliam Loviška. Tomáš Žemla specializes in graphics and painting. From an early age, he was surrounded by plains, fields and orchards, and these are still his greatest inspirations. He captures fields in different perspectives and with different fragments. Central or axial symmetry is typical for his artwork.
Since 2012, Tomáš Žemla has exhibited at many selected graphic biennials (New York, Beijing, Milan, Istanbul, Yerevan, Hong Kong and others). In 2019, he received the Young Award of Art Prague for his paintings. In the same year, he also received a prestigious grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His graphic works were awarded at the International Biennial in Bucharest (2014) or at the International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Aquascalientes, Mexico (2017).
Tomáš Žemla has mastered traditional graphic techniques (especially etching, drypoint, aquatint), which he uses in combination with contemporary visual language and thus achieves minimalist timelessness.
"The quiet meditativeness of his works evokes a connection with Eastern philosophy and encourages contemplation, not religiously, but above all ethically and aesthetically. It is a contrast to today's noisy hectic world, which engulfs us from all sides, it is an escape into youth, peaceful happy moments, it is an awareness of one's own freedom. ”(Radka Nedomová)