Michal Zahornacky is a visual artist working with photography and the human figure. He is currently based in Slovakia.
As a photographer, he tends to promote an artistic approach to each genre he focuses on. He sits his work somewhere near the thin line between reality and fiction. In recent years, he has been inspired by topics such as identity, dynamics, traditions or the body.
Michal’s photographs are strong and focused, with few details pointing towards specific thought or emotion. Through his unique use of light and shading, the pieces create structure and emphasize the beauty of his subject. The photographs are driven by his fascination with the human body. The photography plays with the viewer’s expectations, letting the viewer wonder or simply absorb.
His work ensured him exhibitions at galleries in countries and cities like Shanghai, Beijing (China), Paris (France), Bratislava (Slovakia), Krnov (Czech Republic), Belchatow (Poland). He received many awards for his works such as 1st place FAPA, Fine Art Photography Awards winner in category Architecture, for his project CLOSE (2021), 2nd place FAPA Awards winner in category Abstract, for his project CURVES (2019).
2023 1st place winner FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards in category: Abstract, project DOTS
2022 2nd place winner Chromatic Photography Awards in category: Architecture, project CLOSE
2022 1st place winner reFocus Awards in category: Architecture, project CLOSE
2022 3rd place winner PX3 Paris Photo Awards in category: FINE ART/ABSTRACT, project DOTS
2021 1st place winner FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards in category: Architecture, project CLOSE
2019 2nd place winner FAPA – Fine Art Photography Awards in category: Abstract, project Curves
2018,2017,2016 Nominee, FAPA, category: Fine Art, Conceptual, Fashion, Portrait
2017 Honorable Mention, IPA, category: FineArt Portrait
2017 Top 10 FEP Awards, category: Illustrative photography