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Alexandr Onishenko came to the Czech Republic from the Ukraine in 1991. Possessing little more than his artistic talents, which had been honed and perfected over many years, he carved out a place for himself selling his work on the famous Charles Bridge alongside countless other artists.

He quickly distinguished himself and he was not working on the bridge for long. The quality and beauty of Onishenko’s work rose above the rest and he was offered exhibitions not just in the Czech Republic, but in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
VYBRANÉ VÝSTAVY

USA
2018 – Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs
2018 – Filsinger Gallery, Palm Desert. California
2016 – Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs
2015 – Filsinger Gallery, Palm Desert. California
2014 – Filsinger Gallery, Palm Desert. California
2014 – Broadmoor Galleries. Colorado Springs
2013 – Broadmoor Galleries. Colorado Springs
2012 – Tay Creek Gallery. Arlington.Texas
2012 – Broadmoor Galleries. Colorado Springs
1999 – Park Avenue Atrium. New York

UNITED KINGDOM
2011 – 38devonshirestreet. London
2009 – The Royal Institute of British Architects. London
2008 – The Smithfield Gallery. London
2007 – Langham Fine Art Gallery. Suffolk
2007 – Graham Fine Art Gallery. London
2006 – Langham Fine Art Gallery. Suffolk
1998 – Charles Barker BSMG. London

GERMANY
2001 – Borowian Gallery. München
1994 – Borowian Gallery. München
1991 – L’Ambiente Gallery. Wolfsburg

FRANCE
2015 – Centre Culturel de la Visitation. Périgueux
2015 – Galerie MoreArt tea. Grenoble
2009 – Galerie Eraunsia. Saint-Jean-de-Luz
2003 – Centre Culturel. Périgueux
2003 – Château de Bricquebec. Bricquebec

MALAYSIA
2016 – The Gallery @ Star Hill. Kuala Lumpur
2016 – Bienalle, TAPAK Art Gallery. Shah Alam
2014 – National Academy of Arts. Kuala Lumpur
2014 – TAPAK Art Gallery. Shah Alam

Onishenko’s signature techniques are the exclusive use of the palette knife and painting only on black canvas from 1987. His paintings are heavily textured and, through the contrast of the black canvas, he depicts the most radiant colors and deepest of shadows.
He breathes life into even inanimate objects giving them a vibrancy and personality of their own. One can explore his landscapes, see around corners in his forests, fly with his birds, gallop with horses, explore Gothic courtyards or soar with him over the rooftops of Prague.

Onishenko’s paintings are full of energy and, although impressionist in style, rich in detail. His are not one-dimensional canvases, one can return to them again and again, each time discovering new depths, and hidden secrets.


Alexandr is a founder of The Black Canvas International Art School, where he teaches, first of all, how to not afraid Black colour of the Canvas. Art works of the most talented of his student were exhibited at Alexandr’s Gallery.


 

László Kutas’ sculptures have been described as “characterized by sensuous patterning, excellent sense of form, original composition and selective use of materials.” His is an individual style based on the realist tradition mirrored by his many stone and bronze statues placed in public squares, but also by his hundreds of mini-plastic pieces, many of which have found their way into private collections on five continents. With his commemorative coins and medals he won both domestic and foreign acclaim.

From cold, hard bronze Kutas forms, not mere figures, but charming characters full of warmth and the softness of life. Elegant, tranquil women and playful, innocent children excite our imaginations and even our affections. The bronze sculpture of László Kutas immediately ingratiates itself with whoever beholds it. From Budapest to Windsor Palace, his long and eclectic résumé can be seen, instead, as a history of those from around the world who have fallen in love with his delightful sculptures.

Born:

1936, Budapest, Hungary

Education:

1952 – 1954 / Ernő Ágoston in Sopron, Hungary
1954 -1960 / The Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2018 – Galerie Jakubska, Czech Republic

2015 – Galerie Jakubska, Czech Republic

2003 – City Librety of Vác and the Aladár Mühl Exhibition Hall of Sopron, Hungary

2002 – Exhibition at the John Calvin House of the City of Eger in Hungary

2001 – Cultural Home of the Domestic Gard Veszprém, Hungary

2000 – Petöfi Museum Kiskörös, Hungary

1999 – The Diana Gallery in Helsinky, Finland

1997 – Exhibition in the Hall of Painters in Sopron, Hungary

1996 – The Venlo Pieter Breughel Gallery, Holland

1995 – Kreissparkasse Gallery in Northeim, Germany

1994

  • Exhibition at the Kunsthandel P. Breughel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • “The Exhibition of Vengeance” at the Gallery OSZK in the Palace of Buda

1993 – The Gallery of the Grevenbroich Hospital, Germany

1991 – Hungarian Culture Centre Warsaw, Poland

1990 – The Gallery of Carmen de Pelichi in Bruxelles, Belgiím

1989 – The Raum und Kunst Gallery of Hamburg, Germany

1987 – The Mensch Gallery of Hamburg, Germany

1986 – The Kodansha Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

1985 – The BFG Gallery in Regensburg

1984 – The Düret Hall in Budapest

1983 – The BFG Gallery in Regensburg

1980 – The BFG Gallery in Regensburg

1975 – Wiener Neustat Galerie 9

1971 – Madách Theater, Budapest

Awards:

2003 – The Pro Kultura Sopron Award, Sopron, Hungary

1991 & 1995 – The Vilmos Roisz Prize, Sopron, Hungary

1979 – The Mayor‘s Silver Medal, Ravenna, Italy

1974 – First Prize in an international medal competition, “Giorgio Vasari”, Florence, Italy

Selected Public and Private Collections:

  • Ravenna: Centro Dantesco
  • Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • London: Windsdor Palace
  • New York: International Coin Corporation
  • Florence: City Collection
  • Stockholm: Royal Collection of Nedala
  • Debrecen: Déri Museum
  • Budapest: National Gallery, etc.

Selected Commemorative Coins:

13 silver-nickle, silver and gold commemorative coins issued by the National Bank of Hungary:

  • Picture of Béla Bartók: 500 Forints, silver
  • Sándor Körösi Csoma: 100Forints, silver-nickel
  • Olympics at Seoul: 500Forints, silver
  • Mathias Rex: 5,000 Forints
  • Ferenc Erkel: 10,000 Forints, gold, etc.



 

For the past twenty years, Alexandr Onishenko has made a name for himself as one of the Czech Republic’s most successful contemporary Impressionists. Admirers of his work may be bewildered to see the newest addition to Galerie Jakubská’s available collection. At times reminiscent of Modigliani, these early works are unquestionably Expressionist and span the period just before and several years after his arrival in Prague.

Here in the gallery you have the opportunity to view these classic works from an exciting period of flux and change in the artist’s career. When placed next his Impressionist landscapes and iconic rooftop paintings, fascinating questions inevitably arise. How was his style transformed from these different origins to such a powerful reinterpretation of Impressionism? But these early pieces aren’t just different from the artist’s work today, Expressionism is considered to be the exact opposite of Impressionism.

The term was coined by Czech art historian Antonín Matějček in 1910:

An Expressionist wishes, above all, to express himself… (an Expressionist rejects) immediate perception and builds on more complex psychic structures…

“Immediate perception” can be said to be one of the defining interests of Impressionism. One school is concerned with the outside world, the other focuses on the world within: objective versus, subjective reality.

Expressionist painting has often corresponded historically with period of violence, chaos, and change. With political and religious titles such as “Perestroyka”, “Adam and Eve”, and Faith Retrieval”, Onishenko’s period of Expressionism proves to be no exception. It was a time of political upheaval for the world and, for Onishenko, a heady time of travel and introspection. These paintings are full of optimism, humor, and – as we see in “Ukrainian Girl” – maybe a little homesickness as well.

In Prague, he found a new life and great success. Over time, he became more settled and this feeling of being at home led him to look out at the world again. Maybe it was achieving greater maturity as an artist, or maybe it was because the world around him was settling down. In either case, he turned to perhaps a higher calling: to express himself by giving voice to the beauty of nature.

The progress of Onishenko’s painting matches perfectly with developments and changes in his life. In the relatively short span of twenty years he has moved from one extreme to the other. Making this retrospective collection available for the first time is not only meant to bring us to look back into the artist’s past. Next to the artist’s work of today, these paintings should also lead us to ask Onishenko a new question: what does the future hold?


 


This book covers the entire biography and career of the painter Alexandr Onishenko, examining his development as a painter in the New Impressionism tradition. Alexandr Onishenko is recognized around the world as an expressive and sensitive artist, by his unique Black Canvas technique. Originally from Ukraine, at the age of 33 he established himself in Prague, where, after years of searching, he found himself and his style as an artist. This handsomely illustrated edition contains the artist’s most important paintings, as well as photos by the famous Czech photographer Viktor Kronbauer, and more.


Author – akad. arch. Josef Dvorsky

Price:_____ 1 500 CZK / € 60
Postage:___ 1000 CZK / € 40

flash tour:



Tato kniha mapuje život a uměleckou dráhu malíře Alexandra Onishenka. Zkoumá jeho vývoj jako malíře Nového impresionismu. Alexandr Onishenko je po celém světě uznáván jako expresivní a citlivý umělec díky jeho unikátní technice malování na černé plátno. Narozený na Ukrajině, ve věku 33let, přijel do Prahy, kde po letech hledání, našel svůj umělecký styl. Tato krásná kniha obsahuje fotografie ze soukromého života, jeho nejdůležitější malby a také fotografie jednoho z nejznámějších českých fotografů, Viktora Kronbauera.

Autor – akad. arch. Josef Dvorský

Cena:_____ 1 500 CZK / € 60
Poštovné:__ 1 000 CZK / € 40

flash tour:


 

PREVIEW:



Every documentarist turns a number of shots only to forget them. There are themes, however, which the capability of permanent presence. The art of Alexandr Onishenko belongs to them – a painter who accidentally came to Prague in 1991 and then decided to stay. Prague offered a home and also new friends. He returns the favors with his art. His paintings, made on black bases, catch the magic of the instant. Time has come to a standstill, the atmosphere of the given moment is rendered.
Full Documentary: 16 minutes, English Only


V tomto krátkém filmu máte jedinečnou možnost pozorovat Alexandra Onishenka během malování jeho unikátní technikou na černé plátno, vidět jeho ateliér nebo místa, která ho inspirují a možná i pochopit jeho životní filozofii. Celý film je doprovázen krásnou hudbou.


 

MOTTO: “Art means to master something, so that form cannot stand apart from content, and vice versa.”

Prof. JAN HÁNA was one of the last Czech sculptors educated in classical figural sculpture. He was born on 28th of October 1927 in a village Dobronice near a South Bohemian town Bechyně, where he worked at a local ceramics factory. After the war, he studied shortly at the State Ceramic School in Prague with Prof. V. Vokálek. Afterwards, he took up his sculpture studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with Prof. Karel Pokorný (1945 – 51) and at the Academy in Zagreb in a formal Yugoslavia with Prof. A. Antunac (1947 – 48).

Hána was devoted to sculptural work done in conjunction with architecture as well as to free lyrical sculpture, mainly demonstrated by depictions of the female body. This was the genre closest to him, in which he worked largely outside of contractual obligations, in a rather discreet manner and yet still representing the most prolific aspect of his work. Woman – as Muse – was a subject that reflected the author’s original idea based on the ancient nonet of the Muses of art. This theme, on which he was already working at the beginning of the 1960s, was actually recurrent through his entire career.



The ensemble of Muses was done in two series (1961 – 63 and 1963 – 64). The first version of a statuette Euterpe, muse of lyric poetry, was sculpted in 1965 and placed on a Memorial plaque of Fráňa Šrámek, a Czech poet.
Besides this whole retinue of the Nine Muses, there exist also single statues of female nudes in his lyrical work, freely executed in a range of three dimensional sizes and reliefs. The nudes are often depicted as standing, dancing or sitting: Cuddled (1960), Fountain (1958 – 60), Little Dancer (1960), Odetta (1961), Seated Dancer (1962),Torso (1962), Portrait of a Girl (1965), Dancer (1966 – 67), Ecstasy (1969), Swan Song (1969 – 70), Torso (1971), Clio (1971), Music (1979), Drama (1980) evoking a composition of Appassionata (1965), Prime of Life (1985), Music with Flute (Euterpe) (1986), Song (Erato) (1986), Torso (1992).


In 1983 Hána was promoted to a professorship of a sculpture studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. A year after he was honored a national artist and appointed a vice-chancellor of the Academy in 1985. In 1984 he was awarded the Order of Francesco de Miranda from the President of Venezuela for creating a Monument of Simon Bolivar which was mounted in Prague – Dejvice.
Ranked among his most remarkable public statues are Joy of Life for the Peace Park (Heiwa kōen) in Nagasaki (1975), A Song of My Country for the National Theatre in Prague (1981 – 83) or the Last Day of War near Prachatice (1986). They all reflect his parallel lyrical sculptural work of female nudes. They can be seen not only in private collections but also in cultural institutions and concourse in the Czech Republic like Tomb of the Actress Jana Rybářová in the Vyšehrad Cemetery in Prague (1957), Seated Girl (Jarmila) in Kampa Park in Prague (1958), Melancholy in the Darkov Spa (1959), Little Dancer in front of a former movie-theatre U Hradeb in Prague (1961), Seated Dancer in the Marianbad Spa (1966), Prime of Life (Spring) at a shopping centre Labe in Prague – Modřany (1985), etc.
In the 1990s Jan Hána began to reinterpret the theme of the Nine Muses in a size of 80 cm. Unfortunately, this was not completed. Euterpe became the first Muse of this new series. The second was Polymnia and the final statue Calliope closed not only this series but also his whole body of sculpture work. He died in 20th of September 1994 in Prague soon before his 67th birthday.
His works are deposited in the National Gallery in Prague, the City Gallery Prague, the Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague, the Aleš South-Bohemian Gallery in Hluboká nad Vltavou, and many private collections in homeland and abroad.

PUBLICATIONS
Jan Hána – Sculptural work, author’s edition, Prague, 1994
Pohlazení něhou (Touched by Tenderness), Exhibition Catalogue, Galerie Art Praha, Prague 2007

FACTUAL FILE
1927 – (October 28) born in Dobronice near Bechyně
1945 – studies at the State Ceramic School in Prague (with prof. V. Vokálek)
1945-51 – studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with prof. Karel Pokorný
1947-48 – a stay at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in formal Yugoslavia with prof. Antunac
1951-1994 – works on state commissions and intimate sculpture
1983 – promotion to a professorship of a sculpture studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
1984 – honored a national artist
1985 – awarded the Order of Francesco de Miranda from the President of Venezuela
1985 – appointed a vice-chancellor of the Academy
1994 – died in Prague on September 20


 

Josef Nálepa, academic sculptor

1952- 1956 Academy of Applied Art
1956- 1962 Academy of Art and Sculpture, Monument Sculpture Studies

Born in Ostrava in 1936. He lives and works in Prague.

Josef Nalepa studied monumental sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.

His works range from plastic art, portraits to medal art. He has also cooperated with architects on many exterior and interior commissions.


Josef Nalepa was the first sculptor in the world to create a portrait of Salvador Dalí in 1974. He has completed many sculptures and statues both in his country and abroad, namely Germany and Austria.
 

Jiří Kryštůfek – Figural sculpture, architecture

Born in Prague 31. 3. 1932

1947-1950 Technical school of ceramics, Prague
1951-1956 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, prof. J. Lauda

Employment / Teaching:
1968 – 1970 PhD (Professor Charles Lidický)
1970 – 1987 Assistant, assistant professor, associate professor, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague
1990 – 2004 Professor at Central Private School of Art Design in Prague

Awards:
1965 – First Prize at 20 anniversary of the liberation of Czechoslovakia
1967 – Minister of Culture Award at the First Prague Salon
1978 – Annual Award and SČVU ČFVU
1979 – Commemorative Medal of Fine Arts (awarded Artistic Council in Prague)
1984 – Medals Silvertine National Theatre
1987 – Renowned artist
2004 – Rudolf II price. Masaryk Academy of Arts

Work (selection):
1973 – Fountain, Prague Kačerov
1975 – Apple, Prague 3 elementary schools
1976 – Folk song Clinic Prague 4, Before the bath, Kinsky Garden, Prague F. Pujman, the National Theatre in Prague
1978 – Bread, Milín
1979 – Peace, Peace Square in Prague
1980 – Child Care, Hospital Motol, Prague B. Bolzano – plaque, Celetna street, Prague
1982 – Taking off, Folimanka Prague
1983 – Prague Spring, Cafe Slavia Prague K. Höger, the National Theatre in Prague F. Pujman, the National Theatre in Prague
1985 – Rest, Prague Malešice OUNZ B. Martinu, plaque, Prague – Kampa Countries, Prague – South City II
1987 – M. Taubnerová, the National Theatre in Prague Czech countryside, the hotel Corinthia Tower
1988 – aeronaut, Prague – South City II The joy of youth, Prague – Lužiny Owls, Prague School – Dědina
1989 – J. Myslivecek, commemorative plate, Novotny bridge in Prague
1991 – Vinobranní, Prague, Podvinny mill
2000 – Prague Autumn, Zentiva Praha

Cooperation bibliography:

Cooperation with art theorists:
(catalogs, articles, vernissage)
Z. Kostka, No. Berka, J. Reichel, M. Klivar, J. Kotalik, V. Vinter, J. Karbaš, D. End, Z. Čubrda, D. Sedlacek, J. Klimes, V. Prochazka, M. Moravek

Bibliography / Magazines / Catalogs:
1977 – New Hall Gallery, Prague
1978 – J. King Gallery, Brno
1980 – Arts and Culture 6/80
1986 – Small Encyclopedia of Czechoslovakia, Academia, Prague
1989 – Blue Pavilion Gallery, Prague
1992 – St. Rocha, Prague
1995 – K. Stoll – Paintings and Sculpture art of the late 20th century, skeleton keys, Prague
2000 – M. Hanušová: I. Salon Czechoslovak, Moravian and slzských painters and sculptors (catalog Civic Association Salva Guarda Litoměřice)
2001 – BASF – Artistic meetings from west to east, Prague, Bratislava, Diedesheim Dictionary of Czech and Slovak artists, Chagall Art Center
2002, 2005 – Encyclopedia Who’s Who in Prague




 

Image of painting “Dolly”, 2010

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Katalog plný fotografií obrazů a informací o Mistru Onishenkovi. Najdete zde zajímavosti o jeho živote, o výstavách a oceněních v anglickém, francouzském a českém jazyce.

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• 22cm x 22cm

• 67 stran

• Cena:_____ 300 Kč | 12 €

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Recent catalogue-book of the artist A. Onishenko full of gorgeous images of paintings by him, likewise information on his biography (and more) in few languages: Czech, English and French.

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• 22cm x 22cm

• 67 pages

• Price:_____ 300 Kč | 12 €

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