I am a fine art photographer specializing in abstracts, cityscapes, and collages. I started as a landscape photographer fascinated by the beauty I observed around me on canoe trips in Ontario. Coming from densely populated Bohemia, open spaces in Canada felt like a miracle. I wanted to discover the world outside of science, where my life path led me until then, and learn more about art.
The ascendance of photography freed painters from the need to create “realistic” images sponsored by the clergy and nobility, and visual art blossomed. I draw my inspiration more from the likes of Turner, Kandinsky, Chagall, Malevich than from photographers.
I aim to notice small gems hidden in plain sight and I use digital manipulation to build on and to subvert reality to create images that surprise me and that stimulate my thoughts and emotions. For me, art is a road to discovery and I do not plan to ever stop learning.
born: 1949, Prague, Czechoslovakia (at the time) - now the Czech Republic
live in: Toronto, Canada
I hold an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in life science area. I am now retired and I fully devote myself to photography.
Self-taught artist, learning from online sources, from friends, from frequent gallery attendance (until December 2019) in North America and Europe and through participation in juried shows and in the active life of Viridian Artists gallery in Manhattan, where I am a member.
2019 - present. Represented by Viridian Artists, a Manhattan art gallery where I exhibited twice before becoming a member.
Viridian Artists, Manhattan, Apocalypse Now?, (viridianartist.com/virtual-gallery/2020/5/3/apocalypse-no...)
Viridian Artists, Manhattan, Members Only group exhibition
SNAP! Art auction and exhibition. Images are jury selected.
Viridian Artists International Juried show. Vernita Nemec juror
CICA Museum, Seoul, International Juried show.
Site:Brooklyn Gallery, International Juried show. Donna Harkavy - juror.
L”Espace Contemporain, Montreal art gallery juried show
SNAP! Art auction and exhibition. Images are jury selected. Award of Merit,
Viridian Artists International Juried show. Juror - Susan Thompson, assistant curator, Guggenheim Museum.
Le Dame Art Gallery, London International Juried show.
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Toronto. Exhibiting with the artists from the Toronto Focal Forum.
Emergence Show Dylan Ellis Gallery, Toronto December group show. 4 images
CNE/TWAC Juried show CNE 2016, Artworld Fine Art Gallery 1 image
Galleries at Meaford 2012 A group exhibition with the Toronto Focal Forum Displayed 2 images
Cawah Arts Gallery, Hong Kong by invitation
Ethel Curry Gallery, Haliburton 2011-2018
Artists Walk Village Square, Burlington 2011-2014
Aubade Magazine Issue 7, December 2011 Invited contribution
Global and Mail August 26, 2013 winner of reader assignment
Photo News Vol 24 No. 4 Winter 2015-2016
Toronto Guardian torontoguardian.com/2017/02/photographer-pavel-muller/, Feb 16, 2017
For many years, accredited judge for Toronto area club competitions. I also judged international competitions taking place in Toronto.