Jiří Černický is proof that painting, today, can be approached in a lively and innovative way that brings interesting results. Černický's work is full of creative transformations, extreme gestures and peculiar humor. In each of his works lies a strong story in level of content, but also on a level of finding adequate means of expression. He creates as if in phases - strong conceptual installations alternate with the seemingly lightweight and aesthetically painting projects.
Jiří Černický was born in 1966 in Ústi nad Labem, Czech Republic. He currently lives and works in Prague, where he is a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts. He studied at the Academy of Applied Arts from 1990-93 and the Academy of Fine Arts from 1993-97. His work has been shown at WOXART Gallery, Praha; Jiri Svetska Gallery, Prague; Galerie Steinek, Vienna; among others. He won the 48th October Salon Award, in Beograd, Serbia in 2007; the Jindřich Chalupecký Award in 1998; and, in 1996,the Soros Prize. In addition to his SWAP residency at SPACES, he has had residencies at Akademie die Kunste in Berlin; Headlands in San Francisco; and Vivid Gallery in Birmingham, United Kingdom; to name a few. Černický belongs to a group of Czech artists whose work has broken onto the international art scene in recent years. In his home country, his exhibitions have received great attention and respect. He expresses himself through various different media, yet a psychological research into aspects of social phenomena always connects his work.