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Filip Lav

Place of birth: Vienna
Date of birth: 25/07/1991
works and lives at New York


My work deals with utopian phantasies based on the model of organisms. The sculptures are ornate hybrids, jester-like and pompously extroverted. Yet, hidden  within lurk complications and darkenings where stories of protest, perversion, and violence are embedded and take root.

While individual humanoid forms are generally discernible my work, upon closer inspection it becomes apparent that this is a misleading unity. Instead, the bodies are made up of smaller patterns, words, plants, and individual limbs which grow into one another. Thus, the more one focuses onto the surface detail of each work, micro-ecologies of forms, symbols, and meaning-making reveal themselves and add layers of multiplicity to the unity and character of each figure. 

Hereby, collective ideas and cultural artifacts ranging from pre-agrarian fertility goddess worship, to 1960s counterculture movements, to theories of the ‘meme’ in Evolutionary Biology are entangled and merged. Connections between disparate epochs are drawn and grow into vine-like floral organisms that are embodiments of a troubled human past.



I was born and raised in Vienna, Austria with family roots in Macedonia.


08/2014 – 05/2016    MFA Fine Art Columbia University, New York, U.S

10/2009 – 06/2012    BFA Fine Art Oxford University, Oxford, U.K

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:                                     

July-September, 2016    SUMMER PROJECTS 2016, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, U.S

August, 2016    Finished Goods Warehouse, Former Pfizer Factory, New York, U.S

April-May, 2016    MFA Thesis Exhibition 2016, Finished Landau Center for Arts, New York, U.S

June-July, 2015    The Floating Point, Judith Charles Gallery, New York, U.S

March-April, 2014    MFA First Year Show 2014, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Gallery, New York, U.S

June, 2012    The Ruskin Degree Show 2012, The Old Power Station, Oxford, U.K

  • ORA International
  • 2013