Martin Stranka

Martin Stranka

Prague, Czech Republic

About Martin Stranka

Martin Stranka, a native of the Czech Republic who lives in Prague, is a self-taught professional photographer, born on April 13 1984. Martin was a bored student plodding through courses in business school when the unexpected death of a close friend led him to pursue photography as a form of therapy. That hobby turned into a passion and, eventually, a profession. His distinctive vision of photography is etched as a unique space located in a balance and serenity, while his sophisticated and rewarding images exist in that narrow window of a few seconds between dreaming and awakening. Martin creates images that appear to be stills from a film — one that walks the line between fantasy and reality.

During the last years he has won over 50 major international photography awards from different competitions, including Professional Photographer of the Year, Nikon International Photo Contest, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Sony World Photography Awards and International Photography Awards eleven times in a row. His solo and group exhibitions have been seen from South and North America, through Europe, all the way to Asia. His photographs have been exhibited in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Milan, London, Miami, Paris, Prague, Hong Kong, Kiev and many more. Martin's work was presented in prestigious galleries such as Getty Images Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and SNAP! Orlando. His work stood proudly alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Banksy, Damien Hirst, Helmut Newton and Erwin Olaf. Martin was introduced and exposed at SCOPE, the largest and most global emerging art fair in the world, held annually in New York City, Miami, and Basel.

Martin's dreamy, transportive photography has been commissioned by cultural institutions such as the National Theatre in Prague and the Czech National Ballet. Dozens of his images have also been used by New York publishers for the covers of mysteries and thrillers — genres he believes his work is perfectly suited to. He has created book covers for the biggest New York publishers, such as Harper Collins Publishers, Sterling Publishing and Penguin Random House. In addition, he has collaborated with other book publishers, music publishers and artists around the world. Work of Martin Stranka was featured in interviews for Adobe, Disney, The Guardian and many more.

Education

self-taught professional photographer

Exhibitions

2021 SNAP! Orlando, Orlando, USA
2020 "Dechem", Mánes, Prague, Czech
2019 Mixx Atelier, Telluride, Colorado, USA
2019 Harmony Art, Photofairs Shanghai
2019 Dorsett Wanchai, Hong Kong
2019 Dorsett Singapore, Singapore
2018 Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Sony World Photography Awards, UK
2018 Redondo Beach, California, USA
2018 We Are Drops, Sicily, Italy
2018 Voies Off festival, Arles, France
2018 World Financial Center, Shanghai
2018 Somerset House, WPO, London
2017 SCOPE Miami Beach, Miami, USA
2017 X. Prague Photo, Czech Republic
2017 Snap! Space, Florida, USA
2017 ImageNation 2017, Garda Lake, Italy
2016 OG1 Gallery, Florida, USA
2016 Et Cetera Photography, Galerie 1, Czechia
2016 LE SALON 2016, SNAP! SPACE, Florida, USA
2015 SNAP!, "Wild Is The Wind", Florida, USA
2015 Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 The Loft at Liz's Gallery, USA
2015 Museum of National History, Belarus
2015 Gallery city Library, Borisov, Belarus
2014 Saatchi Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Gomel Palace Museum, Gomel, Belarus
2014 Museum of National History, Belarus
2014 Fotosfera, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 Museum of National History, Petrikov, Belarus
2014 Saatchi Gallery, London, The United Kingdom
2014 Soligorskiy Regional Museum, Belarus
2014 I Came So Close, Sangerhausen, Germany
2014 Mogilev Region Arts Museum, Mogilev, Belarus
2014 Marc Chagall art center, Vitebska, Belarus
2014 Krupky District Historical Museum, Belarus
2013 Leipzig, Germany
2013 Savitsky Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
2013 Hotel Hermitage, Brest, Belarus
2013 Art on the Move, Arnhem, The Netherlands
2013 Saatchi Gallery, London, The United Kingdom
2013 Club International, Leipzig, Germany
2013 Snap! Orlando 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA
2013 Traumwelten, Salve Art Gallery, Germany
2013 Vystavni Galerie Central Most, Czech
2013 FotoExpo, IDIF, Vystaviste Praha, Czech
2013 Brucie Collections, Kiev, Ukraine
2012 Art Palm Beach 2012, Miami, Florida, USA
2012 Miami International Art Fair, Miami, USA
2012 Sex, Drugs and Profanity, Miami, USA
2012 Naples International Art Fair 2012, Florida, USA
2012 Salve Art Gallery, Germany
2012 The National Centre for Performing Arts, India
2012 Nikon Photo Contest International 2011, Brasil
2012 Photokina, Germany
2012 Art For Life, Myslbek, Prague, Czech
2012 Palac Lucerna, Prague, Czech Republic
2012 Mono Effect, Palace Langhans, Prague, Czech
2012 Saatchi Gallery, London, The United Kingdom
2012 I Found The Silence, Hilton, Czech Republic
2012 Art Takes Time Square, New York, USA
2012 The Printspace Gallery, London
2012 Rebirth, Myslbek Gallery, Prague, Czech
2012 Palace Flora, Prague, Czech Republic
2012 SCOPE Pavilion, Manhattan, New York, USA
2012 The Affordable Art Fair 2012, Milan, Italy
2012 Robert Fontaine gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2012 L' ART INDUSTRIEL gallery, Udine, Italy
2011 UNHCR and MSF charity exhibition, Africa
2011 Digital Abstraction 2011, Slovenia
2011 Getty Images Gallery, United Kingdom
2011 Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, Japan