VOJTĔCH KOVAŘÍK (b. 1993, Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic, lives and works in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, CZ) is a bold painter with a background in sculpture. His compositions of larger than life characters resemble ancient greek sculptures depicted with brutal naivety. Painted with shallow depth of field, his voluminous figures seem strained against the edges of the composition. His colourful palette is emotive and his methodology not conventional.
Having studied sculpture and ceramics, Vojtĕch, a self-taught painter builds his identity with the marriage of different painting techniques and various kinds of storytelling; mythology, political propaganda, contemporary imagery and above all a desire to move forward our understanding of what painting can be.
By surveying mythology, Vojtĕch subverts notions of masculinity and heroism. Such archetypes are questioned over and over in his paintings, unearthing feelings of doubt in these historical references, yet imbuing them with a fresh grandiosity. These constrained muscular characters, androgynous at times, have become the signature in his practice.
He holds both a B.A. and an M.F.A. from Ostrava University(CZ)and has been exhibited internationally in both Europe and the U.S. His works can be found in a number of important private collections.