Jan Svoboda

Jan Svoboda

Svoboda’s photographic work occupies a prominent place in the context of fine art. His mostly black and white photographs are based on the 1960s constructive tendencies. Svoboda also proclaimed his relationship to Josef Sudek who had a profound influence on him but Svoboda’s work went as far as abstraction. Svoboda’s photographs depict his innermost intimate feelings. They are not only a calculated work but the entire world, a dreamed reality of a romantic artist who rejects a rational society. By mythicizing the space, love and sensitivity, he achieves the opposite highlighting that the less a photograph reflects the reality, the more real it becomes. His work creates a world of its own living its own life which is nevertheless closely linked with our reality. It is a kind of cycle of relationships and mirroring, whose essence Svoboda’s photographs express. Jan Svoboda was a member of the art group Máj (May).


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Jan Svoboda

* 1934 , Bohuňovice, Czech Republic


1949–1950 apprenticeship at the porcelain factory in Stará Role near Karlovy Vary
1950–1954 School of Art Industry in Prague
Since 1952 Specialized in stage design


The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
The Moravian Gallery in Brno
The Regional Gallery in Olomouc
Muzeum Sztuki, Łódž, Poland
Museo universitario de ciencias y arte México City, Mexico
Private collections in the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the United States