Jiří Kornatovský: Meditation IV

charcoal, pencil, line, 205 x 195 cm

Jiří Kornatovský (born 1952 in Plasy) graduated in 1982 from the Art School in Prague on Hollar's Square, and in the years 1982-87 studied monumental painting and graphics at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. In the following years, he participated in study and creative sojourns at the Carmelite monastery in Sejna, Poland (1992), Florence (1993), New York and Boston (1994-1995) and Germany (1997). Currently, he works as a university teacher at the Charles University in Prague and the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.

In the late eighties, he surprised with his monumental angular drawings of spherical, oval or cylindrical forms made by layering thousands of lines. According to the author, the act of drawing itself, the controlled movement of the hand and the whole body, is the very purpose of the work. These drawings completely elude the Czech artistic tradition with their artistic conception.

In total, Kornatovský has participated in over 60 individual exhibitions and more than 200 group exhibitions.