A leading emerging Czech sculptor, Michal Trpák is known mostly for his public artworks—of large heads, office-goers, thinkers, even microorganisms. Michal often blends the sculptural form with painting and plays with dimensions. He is a lover of nature and an avid traveller.
Born in the city of České Budějovice in 1982, the artist obtained his master’s degree at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. He spent two one-year periods as an exchange student in Lahti, Finland and Vancouver, Canada. He later completed a PhD at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.
I recently had the opportunity of discussing with Michal his major themes—from escapist tendencies and economic uncertainty to machine-men/women and dialogue in the age of social media.
It’s best to start at the beginning. At which age did you realise that art was to be your vocation? What are your earliest memories of creative work?
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