Hulk-like muscle men are a main feature in Czech artist Vojtěch Kovařík's work. Working on huge canvases, Vojtěch's larger-than-life figures are depicted locked in combat and seem to strain against the edges of the composition while they tussle against each other. Their veined flesh and bulging bodies, paintied in shades of emotive colours stand out against the flat colours or patterns of the background. Vojtěch use a technique of spray paint and acrylic to achieve the mottled skin tones and textures that characterise his work. For him, the body and great slabs of flesh and muscle offer infinite artistic interest, whereas the face, limbs and all other features of his figures are rendered in a brusque stylised shorthand. The contrast between these styles creates a brutal naivety, and an unlikely charm and sense of playfulness. The tone of his work sways ambiguosly between violence and silliness. These giant men, fragrantly flauting their masculinity, are in fact caricatures, ridiculous, objects of curiosity. Figures from Greek mythology and imagined and real animals also appear in Vojtěch's paintings as well as pop culture references. - Layla Leiman, 2019 (all article here )


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Vojtěch Kovařík (B. 1993 Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic)



Curently represented by Wolfsen Gallery (DK) and The Chemistry Gallery (CZ)


education

2016 - 2019 / Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University in Ostrava (CZ), Drawing Studio

2017 / Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PL), Department of Painting (study abroad)

2013 - 2016 / Bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University in Ostrava (CZ), Drawing Studio

2009 - 2013 / Secondary school of Applied Arts in Uherské Hradiště (CZ), Department of Ceramic Design

solo exhibitions

2019 / Lovers and Fighters, Public Gallery, London (UK)

2019 / Landscapes of Muscle, Galerie Dukla, Ostrava (CZ)

2019 / Heaven Hell Paradise, Galerie města Třince, Třinec (CZ)
2019 / Temple of Doom, Berlínskej Model, Praha (CZ)
2018 / ARMAGEDON, Galerie OFF/FORMAT, Brno (CZ)
2017 / Cage, Ruina (49.5840365,17.26779750000003), Olomouc (CZ)
2017 / Persons, 123 Gallery, Praha (CZ)
2017 / Tutti Kurva Frutti, Kalerie s čupr uměním Saigon, Ostrava (CZ)


group exhibitions

2019 / Diplomky 2019, Důl Michal, Ostrava (CZ)

2019 / MEN, Bubec, Praha (CZ)
2019 / Just Kids, The Chemistry Gallery, Hala 17, Holešovická tržnice, Praha (CZ)

2019 / Delphian OC 2019 Exhibition, Delphian Gallery, London (UK)

2019 / Contemporary Visions 2019, Beers London Gallery, London (UK)

2019 / 12th Prize of Art Critique for Young Painting , Galerie Kritiků, Praha (CZ)

2018 / Three Brothers, 3.Etáž, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm (CZ)
2018 / 4 + 4 Days In Motion, Desfourský palác, Praha (CZ)
2018 / Tales of Talent, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg (DK)
2018 / Dancing People Are Never Wrong, Chemistry Gallery, Praha (CZ)
2018 / While Supplies Last, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle (USA)
2018 / München Konflikt: Between heaven and hell, Prostor, Prostějov (CZ)
2018 / Situation 71 / München Konflikt: REC, Galerie Pavilon, Praha (CZ)
2018 / Art´s Birthday, Matiční dům, Opava (CZ)
2017 / Temporary Storeroom - Drawing: Case Study 2, PLATO Ostrava, Ostrava (CZ)
2017 / Neighbors : 9,99%, Textile Factory, Frýdek Místek (CZ)
2017 / Final exhibition (SS17), ASP, Warszaw (PL)
2017 / Conspiracy, Gallery of Painting and Drawing, Praha (CZ)
2016 / Flame of the Enthusiasts, Villa P651, Praha (CZ)
2016 / Rooms 5, Containall, Praha (CZ)
2016 / Ostrava Art 2016, Galerie Kruh, Ostrava (CZ)
2016 / Media Art / CZ, DIG Gallery, Košice (SK)
2016 / FINALIST - Price of Rudolf Schlattauer, Galerie Sýpka, Valašské Meziříčí (CZ)
2016 / Artwalk 9,99%, Muzeum východních Čech, Hradec Králové (CZ)
2016 / Wurst, Galerie WURST, Hlučín (CZ)
2016 / 9,99%, Dům umění, Ostrava (CZ)
2016 / Unexpected trip to Havířov, Dům Kultury Radost, Havířov (CZ)
2015 / Movember, Cooltour, Ostrava (CZ)
2015 / Mslajl, Důl Hlubina, Ostrava (CZ)
2014 / Swing, Dům umění, Opava (CZ)
2014 / Figurama, Důl Michal, Ostrava (CZ)
2013 / Salon des Refusés, Cafe Portal, Uherské Hradiště (CZ)


awards

2019 / Winner of 12th Prize of Art Critique for Young Painting, Galerie Kritiků, Praha (CZ)

2019 / Finalist - Delphian OC 2019, Delphian Gallery, London (UK)

2016 / Finalist - Price of Rudolf Schlattauer, Galerie Sýpka, Valašské Meziříčí (CZ)



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