Jaroslav Jorik was born in Slovakia. As a child attended School of Arts for one year. He spent his teenage years in USA where he did some drawings, but did not realize his talents at that time. Later studied in Slovakia and Germany, finished his Master's Degree in languages. Started to study Art History in Vienna, but decided to work as a translator after that. Started painting in 2006 and began with techniques mixing acrylics and varnish. After some time found out, that painting on a large size canvas is something extraordinary. "It´s a total freedom. The bigger the canvas, the better. It´s like if you keep a bird in a cage, it doesn´t feel right. You let it go in the air. That´s where it belongs." Paints mostly with oil nowadays. His works represent diversity in societies, themes of heritage and origin, expression of emotions such as anger or fear, etc. The most important characteristics of his work are expression of rebellion against aggressivity, arrogance and materialism in modern society.
He has been influenced by abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Pierre Soulages. Others include Paul Kline, Sean Scully and David Hockney.
He now lives in Slovakia and works as translator and teacher of modern languages.