Martin Mainer


Martin Mainer, profesor of Art Academy Prague, is a Czech famous painter for whom painting has become an almost sacred way of understanding the world. He admits to having been drawn to painting by his "inner" voice at the age of sixteen after having come across the works of Jaroslav Kapec from Havířov. Mainer`s works are instinct with enthusiasm for the esoteric level of human existence. Mainer often depicts the invisible world of spirits, sprites, fairies and astral beings; however, he does not do so in the classical narrative style of contemporary fantasy illustration art. His
paintings are somewhere on the brink of abstraction (e.g. the Vision for You cycle) but shifting to an almost classic al landscape is not a problem for him either (Trip or to India the Westward Way cycle).


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Přicházíme v míru / Mainer Martin / 26. 5. - 26. 6. 2016

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Born on the 31st of October 1959 in Ostrava – Havířov
1978 – 1981             Higher School of Applied Arts in Prague, studies fine textile arts
1981 – 1985             Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Professor Arnošt Paderlík
1984                         takes part in the firts Confrontation/s exhibiton in Jiří David’s studio in Prague in Smíchov
1991                         chosen for the prestigious Wanderlieder Exhibiton at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
1993                         six-month stay in Scuol, Switzerland 1993 Wins the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize, carrying with it a fellowship in the USA
1994                         for four months lived, travelled and exhibited in California, New Mexico and New Yourk, met the Hindu guru Ram Dass
1996                         his exhibition Trip or to India by the Western Route in the Nová Síň in Prague
1998                         start of his teaching at the Faculty of Fine Arts at VUT (the Technical University) in Brno, where he heads the studio
1999                         his exhibition Trailer of the Forest of Forest in the Rudolfinum Gallery in Prague
2002                         awarded a habilitation (at the Higher School af Applied Arts in Prague)
2005                         awarded a professorship (at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague)
from 2012                 start of his teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he heads the painting studio