Jiří Straka

Jiří Straka

Czech artist Jiri Straka studied Sinology at Charles University in Prague and is an expert and aficionado of ancient Chinese culture. Year-round he wears traditional Chinese garb and looks more Chinese than most Chinese do - often sparking interest and attracting stares from passers-by. In the mid-1990s Jiri Straka came to Beijing to study ink and wash painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He has mastered the traditional methods and techniques of the art, but he has not let himself get tied down adhering to the rules of the art. He has progressed to creating mature ink and wash paintings that, according to traditional terminology, would be categorized as "boneless style" painting. From a formal perspective, he has distanced himself from mainstream Chinese literary free-brush painting. He often paints a certain landscape or flowers and plants outdoors, unrolls the paper, kneels and begins to create. He has a passion for large formats. This method of painting in nature, of course, stems from Western art traditions. We like his nature paintings very much for their strong infusion of Chinese ink and wash painting blended with Western temperament and spaciousness.

1967 • born in Prague

1995 • graduated from Czech Charles University, Department of Chinese

1997 • graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

2002-2006 • curator at the National Gallery in Prague; started to live in Beijing

2014 • became the mural painting department distinguished professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts

2014 • won the European culture and art award “2014 the 14th European TREBBIA cultural and artistic contribution award” and awarded by Czech President himself

 

Solo Exhibitions

2018 • “An old friend Quinghua porcelain”, Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2017 • “Flowers in a sea of evil”, Nova Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2016 • “Belief in Chinese Ink”, Beijing, China

2015 • “Ink building site”, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2014 • “Meadow”, Heng Jia Tang, Beijing, China

2012 • “The Frontline – Chinese from Czech”, Beijing Time Museum, Beijing, China

2012 • “Feathers”, Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2011 • “The World” Jiri Straka ink painting exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2010 • “Zartes Grauen”,  Arteversum Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

2009 • “Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka” Pierstone Law Office, Prague, Czech Republic

2007 • “Samsara”, 798 Shitai Space, Beijing, China

2007 • “Hearts”, Chapel Art Gallery, Bruntal, Czech Republic

2005 • “Heart Blossoms”, Dining room Gallery – VMG Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic

2006 • “Heart Blossoms”, Art Institute of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China

2005 • “Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka”, Kampa Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 • “Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka”, Pisecka Gate, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 • “Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka”, Galerie Doubner, Prague, Czech Republic

2002 • “Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka”, Czech Embassy, Beijing, China

2001 • “Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka”, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

2000 • “Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka”, Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China

1999 • “Jiri Straka – Returns”, Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 • “Battle of Wits”, the 1st Ink Painting Biennal in Wuhan, Wuhan Gallery, Wuhan, China

2016 • “The power of Attention – Ink Painting Works of Young Artists”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2016 • “The Contemporary Art Exhibition of The Peony Pavilion”, Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China

2016 • “TA era – The zone in-between”, Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing, China

2016 • “Magnanimous Shanghai-Art home Exhibition”, Golden Bridge Building Shanghai, China

2015 • “Memory of Six Cities” Chinese new ink painting exhibition, Shandong art museum, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

2015 • “Magnanimous Art Home Exhibition”, The China Millennium Monument

2015 • “Heaven near 100 meters can stall”, China-Czech Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China

2014 • “The Dragon awakens”, Prague National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2014 • “Meeting at the end of the Summer”, Czech Republic Embassy in Beijing, China

2014 • “Ink painting Monaco”, Monte Carlo, Czech cultural days in Monaco

2014 • “Situatiion 2014 Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition”, The 2nd China International Art Exposition, Beijin, China

2014 • “Five officials – Eight horses” Caochangdi Ink Art Museum, Beijing, China

2014 • “Ink Pieces – Essence”, 798 Xinyi Art Space, Beijing, China

2013 • “The first Dongmeng Contemporary Art Biennal”, Dongmeng Art Museum, Nanning, China

2013 • “International Biennal”, Beijing, China

2013 • “Modern ink painting”, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2013 • “Modern ink painting”, Museum of Fine Art, Wuhan, China

2011 • “Songzhuang art festival”, Shangshang art museum, Beijing, China

2010 • “Beyond”, Song Zhuang Art Festival, Beijing, China

2009 • “Undercurrent” (with Josef Bolf, Martin Eder, Jonathan Meese), Rudoulf Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 • “Painting rebellion”, Art district, Sky Gallery, Beijing, China

2007 • “Painting rebellion”, Inter Art Center, 798 Art district, Ying Gallery, Beijing, China

2003 • “The Fourth Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal”, Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China

2002 • “Chinese ink painting”, City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong, China

2001 • “The Third Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal”, Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China

1999 • “The Second Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal”, Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China

 

Live Painting

2012 • “Presence of Tong Hui River”, Tongzhou, Beijin, China

2011 • Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhe, China

2011 • “Act”, Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, China

2010 • Cologne Art Festival, Germany

2010 • “Faces”, Czech pavilion on Shanghai World Expo, China

2009 • “Feathers”, Qujiang International Contemporary Art Season, Xi’an, China

2008 • “Lily”, Painting in Wan Shou Temple – International Art Plan, Changchun, China

2008 • Disturbulence of Painting, 798 Art District, Sky Gallery, Beijin, China

2007 • Disturbulence of Painting, 798 Art District, Ying Gallery, Beijing, China

2007 • “The sea of clouds – Live Painting”, Decinsky Sneznik, Czech Republic

 

Works Collection

Collected by National Art Museum of China, Shandong Museum, Wuhan Museum, Beijing Times Gallery, National Art Museum of Czech, Czech KAMPA Gallery, Sklenar Art Museum and so on.