Michal Bycko (*1952), Slovakia
Contribution to the dialogue of national culture
Michal Bycko, art theorist, museum educator, curator and chairman emeritus of the Andy Warhol Society, studied art theory and Ukrainian philology at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, where he first met the famous Pop Art artist Andy Warhol. Together with Andy’s brother John Warhol and Fred Hughes, who was president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts in New York at the time, he established Europe’s only Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Eastern Slovakia in 1991. Art circles in Slovakia consider this to be the country’s most important artistic event of international significance. As curator of the museum Bycko organised dozens of international exhibitions, including in Florence, Rome, Dublin and Frankfurt. He has written tens of academic and professional articles about art that have been published both in his native Slovakia and abroad, including five monographs, six anthologies and dozens of exhibition catalogues. Bycko is internationally certified as a contemporary art expert and is a Fellow of the American Biographical Institute.