Painter Tomáš Lahoda graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He lived in Copenhagen from the 1980s and was also active as pedagogue in the city in the 1990s. At present, he lectures painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno. The character of Lahoda’s oeuvre is conceptual: he creates series of paintings on a certain subject which always take a critical standpoint to the contemporary consumerist society. His paintings for example deal with kitsch – see his “deer” cycle in which he alternates between precise realistic painting and light, abstract forms. Another painting series interprets the world of advertising (perfumes, glasses and sunglasses, shoes and other fashion accessories from the pages of lifestyle magazines). Styling, sampling, scratching, crossover – these are the methods that form the bearing construction of paintings in which Lahoda enjoys himself under the allures of advertisements and re-contextualizes their suggestive slogans and titles abounding of emotionally tuned mood in images in almost psychedelically deformed models. But Lahoda is also perfectly capable of creating precise copies of old masters’ work and to appropriate works of the world modern. Lahoda’s painting virtuosity is apparent in his paintings at first sight. But Lahoda also can create precise copies of old paintings or appropriate works of the world modern. His painting virtuosity is outright clear in his paintings. Lahoda exhibits on a global scale and his works are part of many private collections.
* 1954, Prague, Czech Republic