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KAMIL LHOTAK, JAN RAMBOUSEK

Both are well known world artists. They represent in small a large group of Czech artists whose accomplishments reached outside their country before the “closing of the iron curtain” during the cold war period. They represent the masters of Czech graphic art.
KAMIL LHOTAK

Born 1912 in Prague, died in 1990
A victim of polio with a permanent damage to a leg muscle
A lawyer by training who never practiced law, an illustrator, graphic artist, painter, worked for animated films, well known persona of graphic art

Lhotak’s interest in arts and literature lead him towards becoming a painter. He became well known by his depictions of cityscapes with abandoned sites, gas stations, racetrack, banal suburbs, industrial areas, empty places with airplanes, blimps and helium balloons, motorcycles and automobiles. He was a member of Skupina 42, a Czech progressive art movement especially known in Paris and supported by artist like Pablo Picasso, an admirer of Lhotak’s work. Since 1943, Lhotak became deeply involved with graphic arts predominantly with etching, lithograph and later with dry point. By 1980, he made a move towards than the newest graphic technique serigraphy. His art is in the private and public collections and museums worldwide, including the USA.
JAN RAMBOUSEK

Born 1896 in Prague, died 1976
Studied at Prague Fine Arts Academy and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris
In 1923 established and was an editor of graphic arts publication Hollar
From 1923 – 1929 served as a professor of graphic arts in Prague Fine Arts Academy
In 1954 wrote a dictionary of graphic arts which became “a bible of graphic arts “.

Rambousek’s art proves his competence in wide range of media but especially in graphics. His emphasis were on creating art with social motives, capturing everyday life on streets of Prague, average people, workers. His later lithographs, however, show his progress towards simplification and abstraction. His contribution to the graphic art movement is enormous. Thanks to his efforts, the Czech graphic arts expanded from being used in book illustrations to journalism, and to gallery exhibitions.

Rambousek was well travelled and known in Europe, especially in France where he often exhibited. His works are in private and public collection and museums around the world.
JAN BAUCH

Painter, sculptor, illustrator, author of monumental art works (stained glass windows, tapestry, mosaics)
He is the master of Czech modern tradition of painting.
Born on November 16, 1898 in Prague; died in 1995 in Prague
Studied at Prague University of Art and Technology and Prague Academy of Fine Arts
From 1946-1958 served as professor at Prague University of Art and Technology

Exhibited since 1920’s in Czechoslovakia and abroad

International exhibits include Carnegie Institute New York (1937), World Exhibits in Paris (1958), Brussels (1956), World Exhibit of Glass in Moscow (1959), Biennale in Venice (1962), Art of Resistance in Bologna (1965), and repeated exhibits in France, Germany, USA, Russia, India

Awards include Highest Award for Contribution to Arts and Sciences (1947), Awards of Excellence (1958), Distinguished Artist (1963), Award of Czech Republic for Excellence in Arts (1969)

Influenced by cubism of 1920’s, Bauch moved towards more painterly, emotional and dynamic form of painting. The new inspiration comes from Baroque paintings of Old and New Testament scenes with allegoric representations of human suffering, heroism, spiritual passion etc.

Bauch’s art had continued to progress throughout his life time with very minor interruptions caused by the socio-political changes in his country and the world. His art continues to inspire artists worldwide.
LUDMILA JANDOVA, JIRI NEMECEK, JIRINA ADAMCOVA

The artists in this group represent the spirit of modern tradition. They created art throughout the difficult times of the totalitarian dictatorship of Czechoslovakia that enforced censorship to arts and life. This repression of freedom of expression often pushed their representations towards apocalyptic visions and sublimated commentaries on life. Their art is highly individualized and conceptualized, often with spiritual undertones.
LUDMILA JANDOVA

Born 1938 in Osik, Bohemia at the eve of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia
Graduated with MFA from Prague’s Academy of Fine Arts
Works as a painter, graphic artist, illustrator
Has exhibited since 1962 (39 solo and 25 group exhibits which include Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Tunisia, Mexico, Austria, France and the USA)

Jandova’s graphic works from 1980 – 1992 consists of linocuts, woodcuts and especially dry point used with color. Her inspiration comes from nature as she contemplates its dichotomy of power and peace. Her use of monotone colors with impatient line drawing and unusual definition of space, help to create atmosphere of unease: suddenly broken contemplation, peaceful waiting turned into a painful longing, passion turned into indifference or a sudden separation of once unified whole.

Her art is in the collections of Showspace Gallery, Flagstaff AZ, National Gallery of Art Washington DC, National Galleries of Art in Prague and Brno, Czech Republic and private collections world-wide.

Dry point = graphic technique closest to engraving done with a sharp point needle by which a surface of a metal plate is literary scratched. Creates only a limited number of good prints, therefore the edition of printing is limited.
JIRI NEMECEK

Born 1957 in Kyjov, Czech Republic to artist parents Vojtech Nemecek and Jirina Adamcova
Lives and works in Prague
Graduated as Architect from Prague’s University of Art and Technology
Worked in the City of Prague Urban Development, currently as a free lance graphic artist with focus on monumental interior and exterior designs and graphic arts.

Most current art forms are linocut and woodcut printed on silk, glass, wood and metal.

Project realizations have included more than 10 monumental walls and mosaics, re-design of corporate and city buildings in Prague, glass sculptures, art furniture, silk and glass screens, silk paintings

Nemecek has had more than 20 exhibits in Europe of which the most current in 2008 in Prague showed his life achievement; introduced to the USA by Showspace Gallery.

His art appears in public spaces in Czech Republic, is owned by European collectors, corporation and institution as well as private collectors in Europe and the USA.
JIRINA ADAMCOVA

Born 1927 Znojmo, Czech Republic
Lives and works in Prague
Graduated with MFA from Charles University’s Fine Arts Academy
Works in the field of graphics, painting, illustration and monumental creations from glass and stone.

During the years of the totalitarianism and censorship in Czechoslovakia, Adamcova’s work was mostly subliminal, based on apocalyptical or historical themes with strong emphasis on human suffering and torture. Her art after the democratization of the country shows more variety of subjects including spiritual a poetic themes. The color palette is richer and more vibrant colors are applied in a free hand brush strokes.

Adamcova completed 30 monumental art works that include a mosaic wall in Prague subway.

She has had more that 30 solo exhibits at home, Europe and USA - life achievement shows in 2007, 2008 her illustrations appear in poetry and fiction books, she is currently working on two children books for US publisher.

She received prestigious awards, especially for her monumental work, the latest is the Masaryk Society Awards for her extensive contribution to the culture of Czech Republic. Her art appears in the collections of National Gallery in Prague, Museums Nomo, Kyjov, Brno, French Embassy in Prague, Showspace Gallery, Flagstaff AZ and private collections worldwide. She has numerous publications at home and abroad, including the USA.
EVA MALKOVSKA

Represents South-Bohemian Traditions

Born 1962 in Southern Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Lives and works in Chynov, Czech Republic
Graduated in 1982 with a degree in Applied Arts/Painting
Post-graduate study in Vancouver, Canada
Freelance painter since 1991

Her painting is inspired by medieval townscapes and villages, country cottages, secluded spots still found a plenty in her country. Echoing certain Czech folk traditions of painting and more innovative representations of cityscapes, Malkovska established her own individual painting style. Her paintings became known in Europe through her individualized romantic style, the spatial definition of the painted surface and by her novel use of traditional oil media.

She has had more than 25 group and 9 solo exhibits at home and abroad.

Her art is owned by private collectors world-wide.
MIREK LUFT

Represents the outsider (self-taught) tradition prevalent in Czechoslovakia during the country most shaking events (Nazi Occupation, WWII, Soviet Occupation, Stalinism, Totalitarian Regime)

Born 1924 in Prague, died 2003 in Prague
Graduate of Prague Business Academy
Worked as an animator, comic strip author, musician
Involved in an underground anti-fascist movement during WWII
Imprisoned by Stalinist regime in 1951 for his democratic views
Worked in forced labor in Prague’s Steel Mill until the democratization of Czechoslovakia in 1989

His art ranges from more realistic to impressionistic and to surrealistic style with a use of allegory as criticism of the society values. Marionette making was Luft’s passion in his later life.

His art is in private collections in Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and the USA.