in conversation with Vojtěch Kovařík
How did you first get interested in art and begin making works?
From birth, because my parents and older brothers are artists and pushed me toward art… I had no choice (haha).
Your works depict mythological figures, symbols and power. Can you talk about this choice and how are you approaching and thinking about the process?
I like classic and I draw a lot from antiquity, specifically from Greek mythology. I am establishing a firm order that is anchored in ancient culture as a precursor of European identity. Greek antiquity was a golden age, for me, it's something like "an inexhaustible well of inspiration". They have achieved total beauty and made a new order in art. I use their themes and put them into new contexts. Definitely, I can say "I am a classic painter" because I work with classic art.
What are you working on right now?
“Greek antiquity was a golden age, for me, it's something like an inexhaustible well of inspiration"
I am finishing now my master's degree in Faculty of Fine Arts in Ostrava on Department of Drawing and also daily working on canvases.
What is the next project you will work on?
I will have few exhibitions and residency in L.A. meantime in summer I want to start to build a new studio next to my house and also want to do dimensional ceramic statues and workshop studio with my girlfriend.
Your latest work exposes male figures fighting for a position. What do you want to say with this work, is related to power and masculinity?
For me, it's a game of shapes and structures. And as the most interesting body is the body of a fighter. There are a lot of muscles, liver, tendons and oversized parts suitable for covering all image formats. Every one of these paintings of fighters is waiting for an attack. They are stopped in the middle of the movement. They are in motion sickness. For me, a very important point of all - is eye contact. It's a powerful thing. Strict contact with a visitor, its something like a duel between 4 eyes (but you know they is frozen in frames, haha).
Why do you think art is important and what does it mean for you?
“Eye contact it's a powerful thing. Strict contact with a visitor, its something like a duel between 4 eyes.”
I can't imagine the world with art, people need art and art needs them. If was not art, it would be terribly sad in the world. and the rest of the emotions left to people after the onset after the internet and social networks would have faded away.
Vojtěch Kovařík (b. 1993, Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic) lives and works in Czech Republic. He graduated with a Bachelor degree at the Faculty of Arts of Ostrava University, Czech Republic, in 2018; and is currently studying for a Masters degree at the same university, having also studied abroad at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland, in 2017. Solo exhibitions include: Temple of Doom, Berlínskej Model, Praha, Czech Republic (2019); Armagedon, Galerie OFF/FORMAT, Brno, Czech Republic (2018); and Persons, 123 Gallery, Praha, Czech Republic (2017). Group exhibitions include: 12th Prize of Art Critique for Young Painting, Galerie Kritiků, Praha, Czech Republic (2019); Three Brothers, 3.Etáž, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic (2018); and 4 + 4 Days in Motion, Desfourský palác, Praha, Czech Republic (2018).