Prague, Czech Republic
About Zbyněk Havlín
Zbyněk Havlín, an established representative of the contemporary middle generation of artists, presents a representative selection of his paintings from 2013-2015 at a current exhibition. It is a series of abstracted landscape paintings, which form an interesting counterbalance to the author’s figurative and more conceptually oriented creation emerging in parallel. Havlín’s shift to landscapes can be seen as a visceral evocation of the environment in which he grew up - a gamekeeper’s cottage, surrounded by woods and meadows - and also as an expression of spontaneous, sheer joy from creating and from life unencumbered with hidden meanings. The author brings a very fresh perspective to the landscape motifs - he captures sceneries that he has fallen in love with and which left a profound experience of sensual enchantment within him. However, he does not paint in the open air. He creates what he calls landscapes “from memory”. The resulting image thus resides within the realm of reminiscence and free imagination. The vision of nature moves beyond any descriptiveness and passive record of observation. The author liberates the landscape from “non-essential” components without resigning to an effort to grasp its lively, dynamic nature and structure. These are landscapes that have lost their precise contours and lyrical work. They are teetering on the verge of abstraction. The author uses a fairly broad range of artistic processes - he combines classic oil painting with an airbrush technique and the use of templates. He also draws in the coloured area with a brush, whereby he achieves an almost calligraphic image structure. He often works spontaneously. He penetrates into the landscape almost “elementally “, connects to its wave and reflects its inner rhythm. The colour scheme demonstrates masterly colouristic qualities. It is delicately harmonious in some paintings and expressively contrasting in others, but it is always moved into the realm of a dream and poetic transposition. The landscapes of Zbyněk Havlín are richly rippled painted poems that reflect the variety and inexhaustible variability of nature, this constantly reproducing miracle, a scene of both visible and sensed events.. It is very gratifying for me to watch Havlín’s creation in a phase of a new creative expansion. One can only wish that the author shall continue in his deepening with his traditionally powerful weapons such as conceptual puns and a subtle lyrical charge as naturally as he has reached his new expression. PhDr. Rea Michalová, Ph.D. 5.11.2015
1998 - 2004: Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Prague 2004: Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Prague, Studio of Milan Knížák (intermedial art), studio award.
2014 - 2018 PhD Art studies, Academy of Fine Arts Prague
Other Studies and Scholarships:
1994 - 1997: Vaclav Hollar Hight School of Art, Prague (Graphic Design) 2002: Erasmus-scholarship, The University of Aberdeen (Sculpture and Design studio), GB 2003: Scholarship for the International Summer Academy in Salzburg (Sculpture studio, Judy Fox) 2003: International Multimedia Symposium in Košice (Slovakia) 2006: International project Cauliflower, Orangerie Počernice, Prague
Solo Shows (selection)
2015 Addicted to the Beauty of Landscape, Era svět, Prague; 2014 Landscape Encounter, Michal´s Collection Art Gallery Prague (with Jaroslav Valečka); Luxury Paradise, Gallery Kotelna, Říčany - Prague (with Paulina Skavova); 2013 Addicted to Beauty, Galerie Uffo Trutnov; Hybrid Landscapes, Michal´s Collection Art Gallery Prague (with Jan Wolfchen Vlček); 2012 Soft Vision, Gallery Michal’s Collection, Prague; 2010 Lost in context, Young Austrian Art Gallery, Vienna (with Cristina Fiorenza); 2008 EgoLand, Government of the Czech Republic, Prague; 2004 Performance around menhirs - photo series, University Aberdeen - Faculty of Fine Arts UK; 2006 Alles Walzer, Galerie Raab, Berlin; 1999 Jablanica, Gallery in Castle, Roztoky at Prague.
Group Shows (selection)
2015 Crossing lines, Gallery ArtAtak, Prague; Typology of Dryads, Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy; 2014 Ostrale 014, International Art Fair Dresden, Germany; Orbis pictus, 6x60° Gallery Trafo, Prague; Swimmers, Regional Art Gallery in Liberec; 2013 I am Shaman, Gallery ArtAtak, Prague; 2012 - Original Perspective, Gallery Klatovy CZ; 2011 Wald, Gallery Raab Berlin; Original and perspective, Bohemia Modern Art Gallery, Prague; 2010 ICEP auktion, Leopold Museum, Vienna; 2009 International Art Fair, Nordico Museum, Linz; Männerg´schichten, Brunnhofer Gallery, Linz; De Oostenrijkers komen, Galerie bij de Boeken, Ulft, NL; Normal Painting, Exhibition Hall Mánes, Praha; 19 years after, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Berlin; 2008 So talented, Galerie Brunnhofer, Linz; Bilder im Birkenwald wirken bald, Kunstraum Praterstraße 15, Vienna; Soccerarts, Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt; Fifty-Fifty, Inter-Art Gallery, Prague; Contemporary Czech Art auktion, Gallery 5 Floor, Prague; 2007 International project Cauliflower, Kunsthalle, Karlsplatz, Vienna; 2006 International project Cauliflower; Open studios Počernice, Prague, CZ; Tallinn Applied Art Trienniale - Two close ones, Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Estonia; 2005 Cultural Centre - Forum Vebikus, Schaffhausen, Switzerland; Galerie Louvre, Prague, CZ; International Biennale of Contemporary Art National Gallery in Prague, CZ; 2004 Viagra, Ledeburský Palác, Prague; 2003 Who they are, Museum Vojtěch Loeffler, Košice, Slowakei 2000 Jablanica, Lima, Peru; 1999 AVU, Mánes, Prague; 1998 Green, Gallery AVU, Prague.
Stipendien / Scholarships / Awards
2014: PhD Art studies stipendien 2006: Artist in Residence, Linhardt Foundation, Prague 2005: nominated for the Henkel CEE Art Award for modern drawing 2004: Studio award for diploma work 2003: Artist in residence program for multimedial art, Kosice, Slowakia 2002: Erasmus-Scholarship, Merit Scholarship 2001: nominated for the Hlavkova-art-award
Contemporary Art Collection, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Private Collections: ČR, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Great Britain, USA, Peru, Australia