The mighty mammals and mythological figures who hulk through the practice of Czech artist Vojtěch Kovařík have been a fascinating story. The combination of large, forceful compositions on tortuous surface results in impactful paintings that evoke the strength of sculpture. Herculean figures strain within the format, seemingly breaking out of the hulking frames, brandishing mighty slabs of flesh and muscle. With strong focus on the rendition of the surfaces and purposeful exaggeration of human anatomy, the work resonates with irresistible honesty and naïveté, sometimes questioning the traditional notion of physical strength and power.

Juxtapoz Magazine


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

Lives and works in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic

2016 - 2019 / Master's degree at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University(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(CZ), Drawing Studio
2009 - 2013 / Secondary school of Applied Arts in Uherské Hradiště (CZ), Department of Ceramic Design

solo exhibitions (selected)

2020 / Hidden Garden, Galerie Derouillon, Paris (FR)
2019 / Capture Hypothesis, The Cabine, Los Angeles (USA)
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 / ARMAGEDDON, Galerie OFF/FORMAT, Brno (CZ)

group exhibitions (selected)
2020 / A Very Long Wait, Newchild Gallery (BE)

2020 / Arco with L21 Gallery (ES)

2020 / Art Rotterdam (Art Fair) with Hero Amsterdam Gallery (NL)

2019 / A Private Matter, LM Gallery, Latina (IT)
2019 / A Snake Without A Head Is Just A Rope, Sim Smith, 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 / Tales of Talent, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg (DK)
2017 / Temporary Storeroom - Drawing: Case Study 2, PLATO Ostrava, Ostrava (CZ)

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

2020 / The Fores Project (London, UK)
2019 / L21 Gallery x Camper (Palma, Mallorca)
2019 / La Brea Studio Residency, The Cabin LA (Los Angeles, CA)

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