Vojtěch Kovařík

Born in Czech Republic in 1993
Lives and works in Rožnov p. Radh, Czech Republic

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He graduated with a master’s degree at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University (CZ) (2019) and from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PL) (2017).

Vojtěch Kovařík's work is a pantheon in which the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology crowd together and where there are so many figures confined in frames too narrow to contain the weight of their own symbolism. These once extraordinary beings are no longer triumphant. They are summoned in paintings and sculptures in the style of the muralists Diego Riviera and José Clemente Orozco. Kovařík was also inspired by the national socialist art strategies prevalent before the collapse of the USSR, two years before being born in the Czech Republic. His paintings adopt the same principles: simplicity and clarity, use of symbols, exaggerated strokes, striking colors, uniformity, and repetition. Kovařík reveals the gap between the great ideologies and myths our culture and each of us inherit, and the way they perpetuate patterns of oppression. He is dedicated to deconstructing the authoritative, dismantling grand narratives and its heroes, leaving traces of individual mythology and giving them a new relevance. The artist rehumanizes these gods that were so distant, and in doing so, narrates the dilemmas of contemporary life, confronted with symbols too stifling to inhabit his history and experience of the world. 

His recent exhibitions include: ‘‘From Lines to Matter’’ (solo), Museum Kampa, Prague, (2024);‘‘Under the weight of the world’’ (solo), Power Station, Dallas (2024); ‘’La Cinquième saison’’, Paris + par Art Basel en collaboration avec le Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris (2023); ‘‘Lost in Time’’ (solo), Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2023); ‘‘The Labours of Hercules’’ (solo), Mendes Wood DM, Brussels (2023); “The Rings of Saturn”, Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2023);  “ARS22: Living Encounters”, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2022); “Destinies of Stones Faces” (solo), Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2022); “Baltic Triennial”, CAC Vilnius (2021); “ In the Thickets of Unexplored Places” (solo), Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2021); “1920 - 2020: Figures and Portraits”, Massimo de Carlo, Milan (2021); “What Fruit it Bears”, Peres Projects, Berlin (2020); “Hidden Garden” (solo), Galerie Derouillon, Paris (2020).

Public collections: Blenheim Foundation (UK) Deji Art Museum, Nanjing (CN); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (IT); Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (US); K11 MUSEA (HKG); LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) (US); Musée d’art Moderne de la ville de Paris (FR); Museo Jumex (MX); National Gallery of Victoria (AU); Rachofsky Collection, The Warehouse, Dallas (US); The Bunker Artspace (US); The Ekard Collection (NL); X Museum (CN); Zuzeum Museum (LV).

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