Josef Bolf

Josef Bolf studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in the workshops of J. Naceradský, V. Kokolia and V. Skrepl from 1990 to 1998, as well as at the Kongsthögskolan in Stockholm (1995) and at the Akademie der bildende Künst in Stuttgart (1996). During his studies, he was a member of the artistic group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec / Headless Horseman), active between 1996 and 2004, together with fellow Academy members Jan Šerých (cs), Ján Mančuška (cs) and Tomáš Vanek.

He was elected artist of the year in the Czech Republic in 2010.

Josef Bolf's paintings are populated by strange figures, half human, half animal, composed like a cartoon invaded by deep sadness and vulnerability. These heroes combine their infantile aspect with nostalgia and an inexplicable desire for self-destruction. The main characters of these silent dramas, the children, are exposed to situations such as violent accidents, fires, injuries, horror scenes with mutilated or bloody bodies. The children are alone, the position of each character is carefully thought out, their gestures, their meanings.

His works most often address uncertainty, alienation, ambivalence, a tense emotion just after the disaster, whose consequences are as equally feared and uncertain. Time is suspended.

Josef Bolf carefully observes the details of the world around him - an absurd graveyard sidewalk, a shaking underground train, the atmosphere of an empty supermarket or a hopeless evening spent on internet - to use them as universal symbols of disaffection with the big city, but also as documentaries of our contemporary lives.

Josef Bolf

Josef Bolf

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