Zuzana Pustaiová (born 1990 in Levice, Slovakia) started her interest in visual arts with painting but soon switched to photography, which she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia, and University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Germany. Currently, she is completing her doctoral degree in arts.
In her artworks, Pustaiová explores role-playing in contemporary society as a principal element that forms the relationships between family members, relatives, friends, or other diverse social groups. With a sense of wit, humor and irony, she uncovers the cultural stereotypes related to gender, age, tradition, and social inclusion.
She has received numerous awards in contemporary photography (1st Prize at the Rovinj
Photodays 2018, finalist for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship in Los Angeles 2017, Honorable mention at Latitude Life APS in Italy 2019), and in 2018 she was named Slovak Photographer of the Year. She has exhibited internationally in Europe and Canada. Her first art book, based on the work Faces of Family, by Kehrer Verlag is currently underway, scheduled for publication in 2020.
Pustaiová lives and works in Levice and in Bratislava.
2019 Student personality of the academic year 2018/2019, Bratislava, SK
category: Culture and Art
2019 Honorable mention, Latitude Life APS, Italy
2018 Photographer of the Year 2018, Bratislava, SK
2018 2nd prize, Different Worlds, Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, SI
2018 1st prize, Rovinj Photo-Days, Rovinj, Croatia
2017 nomination, PhotogrVphy Magazine Grant, online platform
2017 finalist, Lucie Foundation Scholarschip, Los Angeles, USA
2015 finalist, FOTO ROKA 2015, Bratislava, SK
2014 3rd prize, Politics, photography and present, Bratislava, SK
2014 1st prize, Portfolio review, Month of Photography, Bratislava, SR
2014 3rd prize, Just For Laughs 2014 International Visual Arts Competition
2013 1st prize, FOTO ROKA 2013, Bratislava, SK
2012 3rd prize, FRAME O12, Praha, CZ
2011 – 2017
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, SK
BA / MA / Studio about Photography led by Silvia Saparova
University of Applied Science, Bielefeld, Germany
MA / Led by Prof. Katharina Bosse and Prof. Axel Grünewald
2007 – 2011
Seconary art school of Ladislav Bielik, Levice, SK
Photography design led by Gabriel Kosmály