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Rudolf Fila

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(*1932, Pøíbram in Moravia - † 2015, Bratislava)
painter, printmaker, illustrator, photograph, lecturer, litterateur
1948 - 1952 School of Arts in Brno (prof. Bohdan Lacina)
1952 - 1958 Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (prof. Ján Mudroch)
In the 60. he painted abstract structural paintings with an emphasis on the structure of the material of painting (Informal). His abstract compositions are distinctive by an expressive gesture of the brush, high mass of colour and different plastic surface structures of colour areas. To the thick pasty layers are inserted foreign materials, fabrics, or flat objects. Expressive gesture and broad brush stroke remain in Fila´s painting to the future stage.
In the seventies, he passed from an abstract displaying of reality and emotions to a particular representation, or to the direct drawing of ideas from art history and from photographic details of the human body (called “Telovky”), which realistically re-paints and ultimately affects and comments them by his own expressive painting gesture. Hyperrealistic zoomed details of artworks gain new dimension thanks to colour stains, a brush stroke and colour layering. He also implements interventions to books and reproductions of works of art, thus changing them into new works and gives them new meanings. Through this method, he also obscures or reveals the hidden message of former artwork. Usually, this is done with humour and irony.
The author is represented in the collections of many cultural institutions in Slovakia but also in the world,  for example, The National Gallery in Prague, The Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, Bratislava City Gallery, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Pécs Janus Pannonius Museum, Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes in Rio de Janeiro. Also, many private collections include his works, especially in Europe (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Romania, but also the USA).
Selection of individual exhibitions:
2000 Budapest, Hungary, Slovak Intézet
1996 Paris, France, the Pont Neuf gallery
1996 Brno, Czech Republic, Aspect Gallery, Paintings and Works on Paper
1994 Ulm, Germany, Ulmer Museum
1994 London, UK, A. Reynolds Gallery, Paintings, Drawings, Bookworks
1993 Bratislava, SNG, Retrospective
1990 Brno, Czech Republic, The BrnoHouse of Arts
1989 Glasgow, United Kingdom, Third Eye Center, A Retrospective
1989 London, United Kingdom, Riverside Gallery, Retrospective
1977 New Castle, Art Gallery, Paintings, drawings and book interpretations
Selection of group exhibitions:
1986 Helsingborg, Sweden, Nordvästen Gallery, Rudolf Fila – Jozef Jankoviè - Rudolf Sikora
1960 Bratislava, Exhibition of Young Artists

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