Q: If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Picasso, "he is still alive."
Q: What is the most valuable thing you own?
Family, friends and brushes.
In these recent paintings Czech artist Vojtěch Kovařík treats the central figures as pagan deities, imbuing them with a raw power and grandiose dignity.
The works displayed resemble classical sculptures despite being captured in a dramatic moment, they have been stopped in the middle of a movement. Kovařík puts deep shadows on their voluminous bodies of unnatural incarnates. Set in abstract surroundings, represented by mere symbols, all the attention is attracted to the idols. Regardless of their prominent musculature, they often give the impression of being melancholic, as if they were forced to fight, to attack, to perform.
Vojtěch Kovařík (b. 1993) received both his BA and MA at the Faculty of Arts of the Ostrava University (CZ); he also studied Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PL). He has been exhibited internationally in both Europe and the U.S and his work is in a number of important private collections.
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