Josef Bolf was born in 1971 in Prague. He studied drawing and painting at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the studios of J. Naceradský, V. Kokolia and V. Skrepl from 1990-1998, as well as at the Kongsthögskolan in Stockholm (1995) and Akademie der bildende Künst in Stuttgart (1996). During his studies, he was an active member of the artist group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec/Headless Horseman), active between 1996-2004, with fellow Academy students Jan Šerých, Ján Mančuška and Tomáš Vaněk.
Eva Kotátková (born 1982 in Prague) studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, Prague Academy of Applied Arts, San Francisco Art Institute and Akademie Bildende Kunst Wien from 2002-2007. In 2007 - at the age of 25 - she became the youngest artist ever to be awarded the Jindrich Chalupecky Award for young artists in the Czech Republic. The basic techniques that Kotátková uses in her work are drawing - her many drawings are initially created without a set intention, which only later is revealed in the final form and content - and video or photographed performances, which could be characterised by their playful exploration of the artists immediate environment and society.
Alena Kotzmannová was born 1974 in Prague. Lives and works in Prague. Alena Kotzmannová studied at the Hollar School for Graphic Design and then at the Prague Academy of Applied Arts from 1992-98, in the Studio of Conceptual and Intermedia Art and the newly established Photography Studio. She has received several scholarships and stipends for creative work abroad, in England, Greece, Finland, New York City, Mexico and Portugal. She will have two new monograph catalogues released in 2013: a limited edition publication of her series Cyclone (Eastern Front, London) and the 300 page KOTZMANN (Kant, Prague) catalog that surveys her work from 1996-2011.
He was born 1980 in Prague, Czech Republic, Lang graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2008, while taking one year during his studies at Coopers Union in New York and the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Lang was the curator the Jeleni Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts from 2007-11, and the assistant in the international visiting professor's atelier at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 2008-11. Currently he is heads up the sculpture studio at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague, together with the Prague based curator Edith Jerabkova.
Jaromir Novotny was born in 1974. His primary intuitive effort is to maintain a relationship to reality in the form of traces of representation. Illusive space works as evidence of non-abstraction as confirmation of the connection between the image and the reality. No matter how very important the physical impact of the painting (colours, surfaces) is for the painter, it never leads to a fusion of representation and the image’s surface itself. It only concerns a very close approximation. Therefore a minimalist dark surface can still be perhaps a window or a display window.
Daniel Pitín was born in 1977 in Prague. Studied from 1994-2001 at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the Classical Painting studio under Professor Z. Beran and the Conceptual Media studio under Professor M. Sejn. Daniel Pitin is a young and talented painter who also works in - as well as being inspired by - film and video. During his studies at the Academy, he twice received the prize for the best work of the year, was the recipient of the Henkel Art Award for artists from Cental and Eastern Europe in 2004, and in 2007 was awarded the Mattoni Prize for the best new artist work at the Prague Biennale.
Evzen Simera was born in 1980 in Prague. Evžen Šimera is known for pictures and objects employing the technique known as “new dripping”, which Šimera has been working with since 2006. His work is striking for the way in which it combines a conceptual approach with painting.
Tereza Fiserova was born in 1988, Plzeň, Czech Republic lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
Janek Rous was born in1981 in Prague. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, the Monumental Art studio of Jiří Příhoda. He spent one semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Rous works especially in the media of video art, installation and performance. With his projects he creates absurd-poetic parallels to the day-to-day life: dealing with “publicly useless activities” such as shaking off the snow from the trees during heavy snowfall or watering artificial flowers with one’s urine after drinking rain water. His latest projects show a shift toward the relationship between the realm of reality and unexplained phenomena, or slightly parodied personal mythologies. He has presented his artwork both in solo and group exhibitions at a number of Czech independent institutions but also internationally, e.g. in the Krakow Bunkier Sztuki, MWW Wroclav, the Kunstverein in Bonn and more.
David Černý was born in Prague, Czech Republic and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s after finishing studies at a special electronics high school and having been rejected twice from the Academy. Černý entered the industrial design program at the Academy so as to avoid “communist” requirements for sculpture. A non-conformist from the beginning, Černý gained local notoriety by painting pink a Soviet-era tank that served as a war memorial in Czechoslovakia’s capital city of Prague since 1945 to symbolize liberation after WWII. This was considered an act of hooliganism and Černý was arrested and briefly detained. Throughout his career, Černý has worked in a variety of media, including street performance art and film, but he is best known for his thought-provoking, often controversial, outdoor sculptures. This is in addition to the artist’s sometimes outrageous behavior in public.
Jan Pfeiffer was born in 1984 in Prague. The works by Jan Pfeiffer are based on his effort to generalize everyday situations and the way they are experienced; it is his notion of the experience and the way it is documented that become the confronted object.
Jan Nálevka was born in 1976 in Jablonec nad Nisou, now he lives and works in Prague. Jan Nálevka is known for his aesthetically sober conceptual works operating with the visual language of geometric art and minimalism. His programme, however, is not based on his admiration for elegant geometric combinatorics or visual extremism of the monochrome but rather on the
possibility of evoking the problem of emptiness, system and systemization by means of geometric and minimalist forms. He
often uses prefabricated standardized wholes as his source material to create various formulations of “emptiness” either as such or by means of a clearly defined working process.
Vaclav Kopecky was born in 1983 in Prague. Lives and works in Prague. in his works, Václav Kopecký focuses on the medium of photography as such, on its ability to make a record of reality and to preserve it. He perceives photography with emphasis on its materiality, making use of its potential to convey meaning.Kopecký employs almost exclusively analogue photography, being interested in the rapid visual transfer of data rather than aesthetic values. He tries to present both the very photographic medium and the scope of his own thoughts as the subject may cease but the analogy of the image remains.
Tomáš Vaněk was born in 1966 in Počátky. He lives and works in Prague where he studied in the painting studios of Jiří Sopko and Vladimír Kokolia at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1990-1997 and was a member of the artist group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec/Headless Horseman) together with fellow students Josef Bolf, Ján Mančuška and Jan Šerých. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký prize. He has participated in several residency programs abroad, including the Muzeumsquartier in Vienna (2003), Delfina Studios at the Camden Arts Center (2004) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2006). He is also a member of the initiative PAS – Production of Contemporary Art Activities (www.paspage.cz), together with the artist Jiří Skála and curator, Vít Havranek. His most recent work has even taken him to the stage, with his Particip No. 52, Live Score, an interactive music installation and performance made in collaboration with the new-media artist Floex.
Jan Šerých was born in 1972 in Prague. He studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts from 1992 – 1998 in the studios of print-making (J. Lindovský), new media (M. Bielický) and painting (V. Skrepl). He was a member of the artist group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec/Headless Horseman), from 1996-2001, together with fellow Academy students Josef Bolf, Ján Mančuška and Tomáš Vaněk. He was shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký Award both in 2003 and 2005 and his work in included in public collections in the National Gallery in Prague, Prague City Gallery and the European Parliment.
He studied at Jiri Kovanda’s studio. His works have been shown on several solo exhibition in prominent galleries around Prague and abroad. David works in particular with backgrounds and naive line that creates a specific notion of minimalistic atmosphere in his paintings.
He was studying in Kosice and Leipzig. Winner of Critics’ Prize 2016. His works are majorly based on dialog with tradition; in particular with socialist realism and post-war abstract painting.
Jiří Franta and David Böhm
Jiří Franta and David Böhm give performances, shoot videos, create spatial installations, intervene in public space, paint murals, and illustrate books and magazines. Their output is reminiscent of a daily sketchpad, graffiti, caricature, comics, conceptual art, grotesquerie, sports event, collaborative art practice, physical experiment, improvised choreography, and theatre performance. They are interested in process, the time-lapse principle, surmounting obstacles, the intermingling of media, experimentation, obeying and transcending rules, creative dialogue, irony, gravity, infinity. In other words, Jiří Franta and David Böhm do not create drawings, but draw. They have been collaborating since 2006.
Richard Loskot was born in 1984 in Most, graduated in 2011 with a degree in Visual Communication from the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Liberec. Richard Loskot’s work reveals various physical, mental and symbolic attributes of the time-space reality. Loskot’s production includes sound installations, different simulations of natural phenomena – whether biological growth or sound and light conditions – and the reflection of the achievements of civilization. In spite of this technological orientation, Loskot’s installations may surprise the viewer with their aesthetic intuition. The impact on the senses is somewhere between science fiction and thoughtful metaphysics.
Jan Lesák was born in 1984, he lives and works in Prague. Jan Lesák studied Fine Art Photography but deviates from this traditional media in an attempt to break the boundaries of established genres and disciplines. Lesák’s present day work is based on post-conceptual principles and is in direct relation with the theory he discusses in his doctoral dissertation. The broad foundations of Lesák’s dissertation lie in his belief that for today’s artists it is next to impossible not to react and draw inspiration from existing works of art, formal structures, ideas and theories. Lesák’s central work The Case for a Rookie is based on a transcript of movie elements into an object, which is represented by a long term and persistent mechanical process that generates the final outcome of the work. Jan Lesák’s theory and practice often deal with sameness, alienation and the crisis of subjectivity.
Robert Salanda was born in 1976, Olomouc, Czech Republic, he currently lives and works in Prague. He studied at Facultad de Bellas Artes Cuenca in 2000, and he graduated in 2002 from the Academy of Fine Arts Prague. Robert Salanda views the medium of painting as an open platform to be freely analysed, its structure examined in detail, and its boundaries crossed in diverse directions. The basic thesis of his expressive experimentation is based upon the consistent freeing of the image from layers of sedimentation and the weight of individual communication – at the same time in constant reference to the otherness and mutability of forms and perceptions. Emphasis is laid on the uniqueness of visual elements, creating an integrity or disintegrity of the pictorial surface, which then reciprocally revises conventional perception, calling into question the fixed schemata of human perception.
Jan Haubelt was born in 1977, he is a founding member of the Ládví group. He studied Sculpture at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He participated in study and residency programs in Athens in 2005 and in London in 2010. Czech artist Jan Haubelt investigates identity and illusion in his work, and is interested in shifts in both mental and sensual reality. He builds site-specific installations that are often formally tied to an environment, relying on photographic documentation to share the work. Haubelt plays with the relationship between three-dimensional objects and their photographic reproductions, focusing on illusions in perception. He creates mechanically manipulated pictures, or visual puzzles, that function on the principles of a scenography.
Břetislav Malý undoubtedly explores the medium of painting with an utmost intensity. Reflecting painting itself has got its great tradition, be it the awareness of colors and their imanent dispositions, compositional schemes, or the painterly technique itself. Nevertheless, these activities were always intertwined with themes, motifs - with iconographic reasons for painting. In a number of cases, artists were close to a complex, nearly scientific research; pioneers of abstraction are a case in point as far as colors are concerned.
Lucie Mičíková was born in 1986 in Tábor. The artistic practice of Lucie Mičíková is rooted in memory and association. Interested in architecture, and inspired by Gaston Bachelard's La Poétique de l'Espace, Mičíková's personal installations create a dream-like, utopian, memory-space. She draws on her own experience and writing to investigate the process of looking; her ephemeral works are often subtle interventions into the nature of things. In collage, her use of found objects create a surreal, pictorial landscape. Paper nests are photographed and photocopied, rendering an object into a flat plane. Distorting paper with paper through layers of action.
Aleš Čermák graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Intermedia Work II / Jiří Příhoda School. He has spent one semester at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. He is the founder of Ausdruck Books publishing house. His work is primarily based on text and image in the widest sense of the word as an engaged antipole of lived reality. The artist creates publications, exhibition and dramatic situations dealing with globalized sociopolitical conditions and their relation to the driving force of the individual or the community. He has introduced his work in the Czech Republic and abroad; for instance at the International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts in Liège and at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. He has cooperated on theater projects with Prague’s MeetFactory, Studio ALTA and NoD experimental space.
Katarína Hládeková graduated from the Department of Visual Arts and Intermedia of the Technical University of Košice. She started her PhD studies at the Department of Electronic Image of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem and currently continues them at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Brno University of Technology. She works primarily in the media of object, installation and photography, the central theme of her work being the model; a monumental spatial realization in a small scale which is often presented in photographic form. The artist explores the sensitive relation between reality and its image, or its archetype, which itself becomes a new reality.
Matyáš Chochola graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Painting Studio II / Vladimír Skrepl School. He has spent one semester at the studio of Thomas Zipp at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Chochola works primarily in the media of installation and performance. His body of work represents a variedly composed universe whose integral part is constituted by the figure of the artist himself. Chochola experiments with postinternet aesthetics, an unorthodox yet sophisticated combination of the symbols of the present and its ancient roots. Trash aesthetics meets precise glass-making techniques, spilled color meets silk painting, the poetry of shamanism meets a 90s disco.
Pavla Sceranková was born in1980. She has introduced a new artistic language and expression in the field of sculptural and object art; a new concept to continue the powerful legacy of the postmodern as well as neo-conceptual spatial art. She creates sculptural objects and installations characteristic for their minimalist purity and sensitive relation to the given place. Another aspect of her works consists in the creation of objects with the element of action challenging the spectators to interact. However, it is more frequent for these objects to have the form of a video, or rather a video sculpture on the borderline between performance, animated sculpture and an autonomous video. They express the existential relation of man to the environment in which he lives and which he is confronted with.
As to the level of content, Pavla Sceranková intensively deals with the reflection of human perception, memory and individual experience of the surrounding world. Taking personal experience for a basis, she examines the way in which the experience has been retained in memory, respectively what form it has taken. The artist thematizes the phenomenon of perception, the experience of the act of perception, the relation between perception and the perceived world as well as the awareness of the act of perception.
Vojtěch Fröhlich studied at FAMU in Prague and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from which he graduated last year. He works in the media of photography, video, installation and live action. He puts his body and mind in difficult situations, frequently coping with the very architecture of the gallery space in a physical manner, literally as well as symbolically carrying over “outdoor” activities such as climbing and parachuting into the interior. The resulting installation is usually a strong gesture; such as walking on a tightrope stretched across the atrium of the Veletržní Palace, transferring the color of the sky onto the large surface of the gallery ceiling or a recording capturing the artist as he climbs the building housing the gallery. However, what is crucial is not the very physical act but rather the liberating spiritual exercise. Fröhlich has participated in a whole range of exhibitions in the European context and was selected among six finalists of Berlin’s Szpilman Award in 2013.
Kintera was born in 1973 in Prague. He is one of the most successful and most interesting Czech artists of the youngest generation. His oeuvre is characteristic of a certain doubt concerning the possibilities and role of the arts. He creates sculptures and installations by combining or altering ordinary objects in unusual ways. By modifying common objects from everyday life, Kintera gives them new meaning and allows us to see a more removed perspective.
Pavel Příkaský studied painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague, and though he still works with this medium, he blurs and obscures its boundaries using photography, fragments, series and installations. When working with photographs he is interested in the defects that this “perfect” instrument of depiction suffers. Recurring motifs are disappearance, fuzziness and over-exposure, colour deflection and the overlapping of individual images that takes place if light-sensitive paper is exposed several times to another negative. However, the artist less interested in the properties of photography but more in the saturation of the world by the photography image and film and says of his approach that it is more intuitive and independent on the surrounding reality.
Tomas Predka was born 1986 in Česká Lípa. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2006– 2013) in the studio of printmaking (Vladimir Kokolia). In 2011 he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (Jiri Černický). In the year 2012 studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien studio of Expanded Pictorial Space (Daniel Richter).
Tomas Predka has won in 2017 the Critics Prize in Czech Republic. Predka’s works were shortlisted in Contemporary Visions VI / London (2016). His notable solo exhibitions include Melted Routine, Industra Gallery, Brno (2017), Man who didn‘t take himself seriously (with David Postl), NoD Gallery, Prague (2016), High Voltage, The New Stage of the National Theatre, Prague (2016), Peace Race, New Joerg, Vienna (2015), Taste of Water, Berlínskej model, Prague (2015),Commands from the Ether, SPZ Gallery, Prague(2014), A Sleeping Cinema, NAU Gallery, Prague (2014). Tomáš Predka lives and works in Prague.
Tomas Predka is an abstract painter. His paintings deal with contemporary flashes of the world and its fundaments. The works are based on the process of painting itself and collective memory. There are many signs of derived photography combined with a personal experience. He follows intuitive touch and attention on texture, line and used the material. With his cross – processed paintings he is balancing with a notion of contemporary phenomena.
Roman Štětina explores media culture as a social construct with fixed practices and expectations. His installations, video and audiovisual interventions sensitively interconnect his interest in sound and the spoken word, especially as it relates to radio, film and TV broadcasting, and the strong visual aspect of the objects or situations connected with it. One of Štětina’s main sources of inspiration is the radio studio as an imaginary backstage, which remains hidden from the final recipients of the broadcasting. The artist disrupts the status quo and makes the invisible visible through performative interventions such as the staging of typical production methods like editing or creating disruptions in absurd contexts.
Roman Štětina also finds inspiration in cinematography. He re-edits through editorial interventions - removing or selecting one of the formal (pictorial or audio) components. The common feature of both of these lines is the discovery of new transformations in the viewer’s experience and shifts in the image, as well as “sidestepping” between divergent modes of presentation.
Adéla Součková was born in 1985. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (Painting Studio II / Vladimír Skrepl School) and from Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden. She attended a study program in Salzburg; in 2017, she went to a residency at Art in General in New York. Součková’s essential means of expression is drawing and painting, however, she also expresses herself through performance, object installations and video. In her work, she draws on the tension between nature and culture, old mythologies and archetypes as well as on the current debate on the themes of ecology and feminism.
Anna Hulačová was born in 1984. She is graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Intermedia Work II / Jiří Příhoda School. She is an extraordinary sculptor whose work revives traditional crafts, translating the inspiration found in ancient mythologies, eastern cultures as well as in Czech folk traditions and original Christian symbolism into the language of contemporary art. Her primarily figurative works embody an idiosyncratic aesthetics merging ancient idols, Gothic woodcarving and surface minimalism of graphic design and photography.
Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová
Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová have been working together since 2000. They explore gender relations as well as their role of Eastern European artists in a Western-dominated art world. Their projects are often based on contextual interpretation of art from Eastern Europe and its stereotypical mode of representation, derived from a grid of geopolitical relations. Playing with the concept of access to different forms of power, the artists refer to the typical situation in post-communist New Europe, while, on the other hand, they are deconstructing society’s icons and habits, revealing their basic economic fundaments and functioning. Latterly they focus on formulating methods that can be applied to forgotten segments of historical facts and events. The social, personal, historical and political get ultimately unified while memory and oblivion are paired, forgotten moments of life awarded and the sense of the whole lot discredited.
With videos, installations, textual works, and performances they refract consumer expectations and trigger processes of reflection about gender questions, the art market, and making art.
Václav Litvan (1983, CZ) graduated from the Jiří Příhoda Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2009. He has presented his work in several solo exhibitions, mostly in independent galleries around the Czech Republic (for example Galerie Jelení, Prague, Galerie Půda, Jihlava, Galerie NF, Ústí nad Labem), but also at group shows in both Czech and international institutions. In 2012 Litvan was an artist in residence at the Milan-based organization Viafarini, and in 2006 he received the Bohdan Naiden Award. Litvan works with objects, installations, photography and performance. In his demanding realizations, the legacy of modernist forms meets with a contemporary and distinctive approach from the artist.
Lukáš Hofmann was born in1993. He studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He went to a study program at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and in Berlin. He participated in a residency program at Nisyros, Greece organized by the Prague-based platform Are. He is also known as Saliva and expresses himself primarily through performance and social sculptures that often speak in the dialect of the fashion and creative industry. In his situations, he creates curated communities of actors and environments in which he induces a focused atmosphere and egalitarian dynamic. In this way, he communicates a whole range of most current emotions: apathy as well as potentiality of feeling, disappointment and hope. He regularly participates in collective exhibitions and art events in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Jakub Geltner (1981) approaches his own production with involved interest in the visualisation of systemic structures and the consequent calling into question of their meaning. He uses the medium of digitally distorted photography, spatial installations of an inter-media nature, as well as public interventions into urban environments.