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Michal Singer

First Name
Michal
Surname
Singer
Born
1959
Birth place
Praha
Place of work
Prague
Website
www.michalsinger.cz
Keywords
painting
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About artist

Michal Singer is a loner who earned respect as an artist thanks to his energy and drive. He did not get into the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU), but studied philosophy and political economy at Charles University. Above all, however, he studied at the University of Life, something he regards as more important than an academic education. He believes that painting “cannot be taught, because there is always the threat that the burden of technical routine will prevent a person from being in touch with their own soul”. He has been working freelance since 1993. He worked long and hard at perfecting his own style, creating hundreds of paintings, drawings, graphic designs and collages. The focus of his work is painting, which is in a process of continual development and characterised by a wide range of theme and style. During the 1990s, he developed a specific variant of fauvism. He used strong colours and sharp contours to depict a series of motifs from suburban life, still life, female nudes and self-portraits, which are provocative, contain a critical and self-ironic view, and often posses a symbolic side. These qualities can be found in works such as Miles’s Car, Man and Stars, The Outlaw, On the Ford, and Underground. After 2000, Singer’s work became freer in style and the sharp contours gave way to natural impasto expression. This is true of many works, e.g. Daemon I and II, Euro-Sceptic, Naked Descartes, Jungle Man, The Outlaw, The Man with the Ball of Flame, etc., in which an energetic spontaneity predominates, though not at the expense of raw authenticity. A rugged expressionism alternates with more delicate watercolours, pointillist gouache and associative drawings using Japanese fude pen. In 2006, using his “shamanic pointillism”, he created two monumental pictures called Odysseus and the Sirens and Odysseus on the Cyclades, in which he combined ancient myth, his own story and a favourite theme of his, namely pre-Socratic philosophy. The image is slightly obscured, the shapes are spread out into the smallest particles, the contours dissolve and evoke an impression of time flowing. Singer has the ability to connect apparently incompatible elements and thus maintain the viewer in a permanent tension. Around 2010 he began to assert a synthesis of dynamic painting and delicate gestural drawing in works such as The Sun of Mexico, Cleopatra in Persia, Abattoir in Turquoise, Curtain of the City of Light, Shiva, Carnival of Death, Insect, etc. He is not interested in sensually perceived reality, but the entrance into the extreme places of the human psyche. These pictures are elemental, poetic and at the same time dark. They introduce us to a world of unknown beings, phantoms, demons, gods and astral bodies. The universe merges with fragments of mundane reality, the known world and everyday activities with feelings and phenomena that are difficult to understand. Singer’s literary texts share the same ideological origin and he has written many essays, a volume of poetry entitled Shell, a series of texts called Sour Sunday and a definitive theatre play entitled Two People Living in the City of Light.

Author of the annotation
Vilma Hubáčková

Published
2011

CV

2009 International V 4 Symposium, Egon Schiele Art Center
2008 First Czech-German Art Symposium in Šumava
2003 Study stay, Vienna, KulturKontakt Austria
1990-1993 participated in the graphic design of the Respekt weekly, cooperated with the art and literary Revolver Revue (articles and illustrations)
1990 co-founded the cultural-political weekly Respekt that was awarded the World Press Review award in 1992
since 1993 free-lance
1989 active in the Civic Forum, Mánes, Prague
1984-1989 manual laborer
1980-1984 Philosophical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, major in philosophy and political economy

Awards:
2009 Graphic of the Year - honourable mention
2008 nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize)
2003 awarded the title "Best Visual Artist in the Czech Republic in 2003" by the art-theoretical jury of the Pars journal
2003 award of the Klenová gallery for the best participation in a group exhibition

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
(selection)

2013
Argonauti, Praha – Letohrádek Hvězda

2011
Circus minimus, Praha Galerie Smečky

2010
Svlečený Descartes, Výstavní síň Chrudim
Kresby,malby, koláže, Brusel, Prague House

2009
Yoga teacher, Praha, Mlýnská kavárna
Muž s ohnivou koulí, Praha, galerie Vltavín
Circus Maximus, Český Krumlov, Egon Schiele Art Centrum

2008
Prořezávané papíry, šamanský pointilismus, svět mozaiky, Kávovarna, Palác Lucerna
Michal Singer: Výběr z obrazů, Pardubice
Come back v kotelně, Galerie Kotelna v Říčanech u Prahy

2007
Karteziánské orgie, psychedelické akcie, Galerie Červený kostel v Hlučíně

2006
Návrat králů, Via Art

2005
Vyřezávané papíry ( Palác Lucerna)

2003
Chrám Červené kočky, Meistersaal, Berlin
Chrám Červené kočky, Galerie Kritiků a výtvarných teoretiků, Palác Adria
Chrám Červené kočky, Centrum české kultury, Paříž

2002
Plavba na Aspirinu, Praha, Galerie Navrátil
Obrazy z let 1999 až 2002, Praha, Židovské museum-Galerie Roberta Guttmanna

2000
Yellow Hand, Ljubljana, Městská galerie
Píseń jezdců písečných, Brno, Galerie Ambrosiana
Muž a hvězdy II, Paríž, Show window

1999
Yelow Hand, Vilnius, Městská galerie
Yellow Hand, Riga, Městská galerie
Obrazy z let 1996-1999, Galerie Klenová

1998
Rozesmát bohy, Praha, Galerie Litera
Muž a hvězdy I, Olomouc, Festival Libri
Lesk existence, Bratislava, Galerie Dielo

1997
Kvaše a akvarely první pomoci I, Praha, Centrum Franze Kafky
Akryly, Olomouc, Festival Libri
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
(selection)

2009
Zabaveno, Wroclaw

2008
Karel Klostermann, velkoplošná malba současných evropských umělců, Západočeské muzeum Plzeň

2007
Stredni vek, Galerie 5.patro /Artkunst

2005
Bienále současné malby (NG)
Stopy zápasu, gesto a exprese (Galerie moderního umění v Hradci Králové)
Prag - Tage in Berlin, Adéla Rozehnalová a Michal Singer (Galerieforum, Berlin am Meer)
Kunst im Ver.di - Spreeport, (Atrium / Galerie)
Art Prague (galerie Via Art)

2004
Art Prague (galerie Montanelli)

2003
Ze života, Dzurko, Singer, Sýkora, Galerie hlavního města Plzně
Art Prague, Mánes (galerie Navrátil)

2002
Divočina, příroda, duše, jazyk, Galerie Klenová
Art Prague, Mánes (galerie Navrátil)

1995
Z výtvarného sveta Revolver Revue, Zlín

1993
Tenké nátěry II, Praha, Galerie Václava Špály

1992
Tenké nátěry I, Praha, PKC Ženské domovy

1990
Kunst als subversives Element, Berlín, Martin Gropius Baum
Česká alternativa, Praha, ÚLUV Linhartova nadace

1989
Minulost a budoucnost ve Vinohradské tržnici, Praha
Československá nezávislá kultura, Wroclaw
Československá nezávislá kultura, Praha, Galerie u Řečických
Collections
National Gallery Prague, Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
Klenová Gallery
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CZ
The Museum of Czech Literature
Egon Schiele Art Center, Český Krumlov
private collections

Photo

Center for Contemporary Arts Prague www.fcca.cz 2006-2015
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