Over the 19 years of its existence, the Michalský dvor Gallery has showcased various artists. The exhibition Slovak independent art is not dead now presents Roman Lazar, who has been systematically involved in free painting since 2013. His artistic expression is strongly influenced by years of experience working in advertising. The exhibition consists of a collection of his paintings created in 2013 and 2014, predominantly characterised by their deliberate inclination to the aesthetics of naive art. The author avoids traditional artistic practices and painting forms, his expression has an elementary, often even a primitive character. His specific painting style is also partially influenced by an interest in the ideas and principles of avant-garde artistic styles of the 20th century. Roman Lazar experiments with colour palettes, works mainly with vivid tones, accompanied by contrasting colours, which give his work an internal spark and attractiveness. The author’s main inspiration are personal moments and situations, that had a deep impact on his life and remained in his memory. They are, among others, his travels to Thailand, which he often visited, and people and artists who he looks up to. Some paintings critique, comment and reflect on problems, that are symptomatic for our society and the role of a person in it, for example snobbism, provincialism, puritanism, pseudo-feminism, or interpersonal relations. The interpretation of his work can sometimes be ambiguous since the author works with selected signs and symbols, that are a part of encrypted stories and messages and determine the character of the paintings. The author’s work is also defined by hyperbole, irony and humour, which lighten the mood and make his work more accessible to the public.