Josef Duchan

Josef Duchan

The advantage of Josef Duchan’s work is its elusiveness, unclassifiability. It rebels against comparison, quick conclusion and therefore encourages a deeper insight. It needs time, it needs observation and in fact, it needs the viewer’s undivided attention.

Mgr. Josef Duchan

Academic painter


1991-1998: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, Atelir of Graphic Art of Professor Vladimír Kokolia
2006–2009: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, Atelier of Art Conservation–Paintings of Professor Karl Streti

Internship abroad programs

1995: Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany
1996: Royal Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
1997: Soros Foundation, Lviv, Ukraine

Techniques of work

Graphics, Linocut, Drypoint, Combined technique painting, Pen and ink drawing, Pastels, Acrylic painting, Painting.

Restoring and conservation of cultural heritage art work –fine art and craft work.

Exhibitions and Installations

2019: Prostějov solo exhibition Rainbow Gallery – Prostějov LIVE
Prague solo exhibition Vnitroblok – Ateliér LIVE
Prague solo exhibition Villa Pelé – INTUICE
2018: Prague (CZ) Instalation, J&T Bank, World according to kaleidoskop
2018: Bratislava (SK) solo exhibition LIVE, Galerie Západní terasa Bratislavského hradu
2017: Instalation in L´Guerlain Institute Prague
2017: Ottawa (Canada) – Gallery 17/18 – solo exhibition Microcosmos
2017: New York (USA) BBLA – solo exhibition Sensitive Bodies of my mind
2016: Czech Republic Sbor českých bratří Gallery – Mladá Boleslav – „Nuclear Konference about the colour“
2016: Czech Republic Entrance Gallery – Prague – solo exhibition „My World“
2011: Czech Republic Ostrava, Smalt Art Vítkovice
2010: Czech Republic Ostrava, Smalt Art Vítkovice
2009: Czech Republic Ostrava, Smalt Art Vítkovice
2008: Nový Jičín, Czech Republic – Hlavolam  Gallery Nový Jičín – solo exhibition Neurons and protons
2007: Ostrava, Czech Republic – Na chodbě Gallery – Exhibition Proměny
2007: Ostrava, Czech Republic – Mlejn Gallery solo exhibition
2007: Prague, Czech Republic – Le Court Gallery First solo exhibition
2002: Prague, Czech Republic – Copy General – installation, Diploma work
2001: Prague, Czech Republic – Červená tabulka, sculpture, „Head“
2000: Košice, Slovakia – Slovak Technical Museum, Deep Space
2000: Jičín, Czech Republic – Museum, silk screens
1999: Prague, Czech Republic – EURO CZECH FORUM, installation
1999: Passau, Germany, Inter Art Gallery
1998: Prague, Czech Republic – Hollar Gallery, Teacher and Student (jointly with Professor Kokolia)
1998: Prague, Czech Republic – Mánes, joint exhibition with Professor Kokolia
1998: Prague, Czech Republic – National Gallery, Veletržní Palace, Academy of Fine Arts Diploma Work Exhibit
1997: Lviv – Ukraine – Soros Center
1996: Prague, Czech Republic – Old Town Hall
1996: Prague, Czech Republic  – Mánes
1996: Stockholm, Sweden, Royal Academy
1995: Mánes, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic
1995: Karlsruhe, Germany
1994: Karlsbad, Czech Republic – House of Art
1994: Prague, Czech Republic – BEHEMOT Gallery
1993: Klatovy, Czech Republic – „U bílého jednorožce“ Gallery
1993: Obernzenn, Germany


Print of the Year, 2000 – Award of the Main Sponsor, Pražská plynárenská, a.s., in category A

Print of the Year, 2000 – Honourable Mention in category D


1999: Design concept for exterior of the National Gallery building in the Third courtyard of Prague Castle, cooperation with HŠH Architects Studio –  (design proposal, not realised)
2000: Participation in Selection procedure for exterior of Sovovy mlýny building, cooperation with architect Michal Mihalčík, not realised
2002: Design project of 13-story apartment building in Jahodová Street, Zahradní město, Prague 4 – realised
1999-2004: Restoration works for GEMA ltd., esp. colour layout and exterior of buildings, occasionally interiors (Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Prague; Na Františku Hospital, Prague; Nostic Palace, Prague; interior of Valdštejn Palace, Prague; Česká pojišťovna Building in Spálená Street, Prague; Small Fürstenberk Palace, Prague; Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University, selected rooms interiors, Prague)
2004: Restoration of interior of Baroque palace Na Andělské hoře, Karlsbad
2004: Glass panes cover print testing, Archbishop’s Palace, Olomouc, realised in 2006
2005: Large-format banner for the interior of ČKD building for Šrámková Architects Studio
2006: Restoration of oil wall paintings in Neue Schloss Street, Heidelberg (finished in March 2007)
2007: Graphical layout for large scale print – Václav Havel Airport (Marriot Hotel) – Hallway and detail
2007: Graphical layout – Calendar of Drypoint Association
2009: St. Wenceslas painting restoration for „St. Wenceslas – the patron of Bohemia“ exhibition (Archbishop’s Palace, Prague)
2009: Cooperation with HŠH Architects Studio, Prague, Emauzy Abbey
2011: St. Agnes of Bohemia painting restoration for „St. Agnes of Bohemia – the Princess and Votaress“ exhibition (Archbishop’s Palace, Prague)
2011: Restoration works for Archbishopric of Prague – E.A. Harrach portrait
2013: Restoration works for a commercial sector – Čestín
2013: Preparatory restoration works  in Václav Havel Library
2013: Restoration works for House of Art, Ostrava
2014: Preparatory restoration work  for the Embassy of France, Prague
2015: Graphical work  – family portrait  (private owner –  Moscow, Russia)