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Roman Trabura

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Roman Trabura was born in Vsetín but has lived in Prague since he was 18 (since 1978). As a small town, Vsetín was too constricted for his underground orientation at that time. During the 1980s he first studied privately and took drawing and painting courses as well as private lessons on art history. And he began to participate in the now-famous group exhibitions of the emerging generation (e.g. Confrontation I and Confrontation II). Then in the 1990s he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.


While the generation ending in the 1990s burst on to the art scene with their objects, installations, conceptual work and socio-political themes, Trabura based his work on his own ideas. He paints his internal visions. He absorbs various types of stimuli and are stacked in his subconscious and then suddenly pour out. It’s not as if Trabura refuses to react to the world that he lives in. But his experience is transformed into a surreal setting. And so Trabura’s paintings are created on the border of reality and fiction - as the artist himself says - "surfing in his own psychological jungle".


Trabura’s paintings are often narrative – as if were watching a part of an unreal event. Sometimes the paintings abound with gaudy colours, at other times the colours are immersed in darkness. Some of the paintings are painted expressively in an abstract style in which we can only guess at the forms and events, at other times that are painted "temperately”, with detailed forms. Most of the works have a farcical element and some can even be seen as being charged with morbidly black humour. Sarcastic hyperbole is evident here as well. Several thematic groups dominate here – one represents an almost an overly romantic-tinted fictive landscape: this most frequently involves a forest scene. The dark forest vegetation or vertical tree trunks dominate in the foreground. We see in the distance the horizon, over which the sky is illuminated with a magic light. Upon closer view we see that figures or animals are concealed in the dark thicket (Schwarzwald, 2002, Purple Forest, 2002). Some of the landscapes have exotic elements – in making them the artist was inspired by his trip to Japan. These also include paintings of the sea in which there appear mysterious boats and strange swimmers (Green Sea, 2004).


Another thematic circle consists of paintings of imaginary cities in the form of darkened vedutas that evoke a feeling of apocalyptic sci-fi vision of the end of the world, even though the artist says he was attempting to capture a nostalgic mood and expression (Main Station, 2011). “Landscape” is so far the main Trabura theme. But other motifs appear as well, for instance the undersea world. Several of his paintings present a collection of various fish. Fish have a unique grotesque character. Their “faces” bring to mind those of human beings. And they act that way too: some are aggressive, some calm and passive, others are obsequious (Fish, 2009, Orange Fish, 2010). Trabura was inspired here by a story by Anton Chekhov, in which the writer presented in the form of a myth a parable on human traits and social relations within society. And finally there is outer space, a sphere attracting man’s attention since time immemorial. Trabura’s outer space is also anthropomorphised: celestial bodies are provided with eyes, a nose and mouth and "make expressions“ (Apophis Passes By the Earth, 2005).


Trabura also created paintings in a comics-like style. An area is created within the context of his work in which the artist addresses in a grotesquely sarcastic manner current political events – in which he touches on dramatic events of violence, aggression, terrorist attacks. (Al-Qaeda, 2004, Warum, 2008).

Roman Trabura’s work is very diverse. The artist easily and quickly changes styles and themes. Sometimes he is dynamic and brutal, at other times poetic and melancholic. Sometimes he’s a commentator on the unsettling questions of our times, at other times he sets out on the path of a storyteller. He himself says that he’s not interested in repeating the same old, and honing and developing that which has already been found. Trabura is in his own way a rebel and adventurer for whom the search for newer and newer worlds is a challenge.

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Ivona Raimanová


1990-1997 Akademie výtvarných umění v Praze (J. Načeradský, A. Veselý)

2001 výroční cena nakladatelství Mladá fronta za ilustrace
2006 Stipendium J.+M. Jelinek Stifftung
2000 Stipendium J.+M. Jelinek Stifftung
1997 Stipendium J.+M. Jelinek Stifftung
1995 Stipendium J.+M. Jelinek Stifftung
1991 Stipendium J.+M. Jelinek Stifftung

1995 Nottingham Trent University
1991 La Rectoria, Barcelona
Member of art groups not included in ARTLIST.


Solo exhibitions
The Castle - galerie starý zámek, Hořovice

Nové obrazy  - galerie Sokolská 27, Ostrava

The Flood - Galerie Peron, Praha
Roman Trabura: Light Obsession, Galerie Václava Špály, Praha

Psycho Rabasova galerie Rakovník
Roman Trabura: Fishing, Galerie Michal's Collection, Praha

Psycho,Galerie Dolmen,Praha

Deník Galerie Kolín

Hard stuff galerie WOXART, Praha

Galerie hlavního města Prahy
Staroměstská radnice Made in China

Galerie XXL, Louny

Atrium, Praha
Galerie Via Art, Praha,Fuck you in the forrest

Galerie N.O.D., Praha

Galerie F. Jeneweina, Kutná Hora
Galerie Černý Pavouk, Ostrava

Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Galerie Via Art, Praha

Galerie Via Art, Praha

Galerie Via Art, Praha
Galerie MK, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
Galerie Zámek, Příbram

Galerie Fronta, Praha

Galerie “U Řečických”, Praha
Café Kandinsky, Praha
Holešovická kavárna, Praha

KD Delta, Praha

Festival Monte Belluno, Italy

KD Cíl, Praha
Group exhibitions not included in ARTLIST.
Banzai, Galerie v Blansku, 2014
Morality, s Pavlem Brázdou, Galerie Kinsky, Kostelec nad Orlicí

Výtvarné umění - výstava, Galerie Nová síň, Praha

Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas / Marnost nad marnost, všechno je marnost, Galerie Millennium, Praha
Originální perspektivy: Výběr ze současné české a slovenské tvorby umělců mladé a střední generace, Galerie U Bílého jednorožce, Klatovy

Víly, skřítkové a trpaslíci, Artinbox Gallery, Praha

Houby, houbičky, atomové hřiby..., Artinbox Gallery, Praha
Smalt Art Vítkovice 2011, Prokešovo náměstí, Ostrava-Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz, Ostrava

Bláznivý barevný svět, Galerie Millennium, Praha
Czech Art „20. let po...“, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava

Spřízněni, Národní galerie v Praze
Across today,Současná česká malba, NG Praha, Veletržní palác.
Zarekvirowano 89-09,Wroclaw,Poland.
20 years 89-09,Muelsteen Art Museum, Bratislava

Exotismy,Galerie v Pardubicích, galerie Hodonín,Západočeská galerie v Chebu
Houby-motiv houby v českém výtvarném umění, Galerie Klenová
International Trienale of Contemporary Art, Národní galerie v Praze.
Franz Kafka, Galerie Mona Lisa, Olomouc
Galerie Millenium, Praha
Art Hannover
Letní koktejl, Galerie Michals collection, Praha

Typický obraz,Praha Nová síň,
Exotismy v Českém umění. České muzeum výtvarných umění Praha.
Výstava středočeských umělců,CMVU Kutné Hoře

Současná Ceská malba, Brusel
Příští stanice Arkádia,Galerie moderního umění v Roudnici nad Labem, Pirna, Germany, Galerie Millenium, S.Freud
Přibližovala GCP, Praha

Bylo,nebylo Horácká Galerie Nové Město na Moravě.
Bylo, nebylo Galerie umění Cheb
Art Hannover, Germany
Arte Zurich, Switzerland
Floralie,G.Č.P. , Praha.
Česka krajinomalba, Galerie umění, Liberec
International Biennale of contemporary art,Národní galerie, Praha.
Vánoční krajina, Galerie Millenium, Praha

Czech Art, Hannover Kubus, Germany
Galerie Bohemica, Hannover
AJG, České Budějovice, Žáci A. Veselého
Eros, Galerie české plastiky, Praha
Animálie, Galerie české plastiky, Praha
Bylo,nebylo, Krajská galerie, Hradec Králové
Galerie Millenium, Praha
Zima, České muzeum výtvarných umění, Praha
Andělé a jiné bytosti, GČP, Praha

Agua-art, Galerie kritiků, Palac Adria, Praha
Czech painting, Riga, Latvia
Art Praha, Veletrh galerií, Mánes, Praha
Biennale 1,The Youngest, Praha
Perfect Tense, Jízdárna Pražského hradu, Praha

“Vizionáři a vypravěči”, Galerie Bayer, Levekursen, Galerie Bayer Dormegen

“Past Future”, Jihlava
Laboratory, Národní galerie, Praha

Visions, Galerie Roxy, Praha
Galerie F. Jeneweina, Kutná Hora
The End of the World, Národní galerie v Praze
“100”, Galerie Caesar, Olomouc
Portrait 2000, Galerie Klenová, Klatovy
“Past Future”, Alšova Galerie, Hluboká

Umění pro nemocnici, Galerie V. Špály, Praha
J.+M. Jelinek Stiftung, Galerie Mánes, Praha
Hommage á Franz Kafka, Kunsthalle, Ausburg, Germany
Hommage á Franz Kafka, Tančící dům, Praha
Zlínský salon 99, Zlín
Czech Culture Centre, Berlin, Germany

“Harvest”, Galerie Mánes, Praha

Strahovský klášter, Praha
Art in Public Space, Národní galerie, Praha

I.Nový zlínský salon, Zlín
Harvard University, USA

AVU Galery, Praha
Výstava AVU, Galerie Mánes, Praha
Swiss Bank Award Exhibition, London

Výstava AVU, Düsseldorf, Germany
výstava AVU, City Gallery, Karlovy Vary

Landscape in contemprary art, Galerie U kamenného zvonu, Praha
výstava AVU, U Hybernů, Praha

Istropolitana, Bratislava, Slovakia

výstava AVU, U Hybernů, Praha

KD Barikádníků, Praha
Vinohradská tržnice, Praha
Konfrontace III, Praha
KD Delta, Praha
Czech Independent Art, Wroclaw, Poland
Festival v.d. Toekomst, Nijmegen, Holland
Salon 90, Slavičín
Totalitní zóna, Praha
Czech Independent Art, Sczeczyn, Poland
Mostra d´art Txec, Barcelona, Spain

Klub “U Melouna”, Praha
Galerie v Karlovce, Praha

Konfrontace II, Praha

Konfrontace I, Praha

Valdštejnská zahrada, Praha
National Gallery, Prague
Gallery of Central Bohemia
Felix Jenewein Gallery, Kutná Hora
Art Museum, Olomouc
private collections in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Barcelona, New York and Prague
Other realisations

Art in Architecture and Public Spaces:

1995 Oltářní malba, kostel v Líbeznici u Prahy

1997 Vizuální design komplexu K.H.B.Kagoshima, Japonsko



2011 Smalt art, Ostrava

2007 Jantarová stezka, Hradec nad Moravicí

1999 Felix Jenewein symposium, Kutná Hora



Šiklová, Lucie: Made in China Romana Trabury, A2 kulturní týdeník, 14/ 2006, s. 8


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