Pavel Humhal is one of the founding members of the Czech art group Pondělí (Monday) which, from the early 1990s, tried to distance itself from the preceding, post-modern generation. Humhal is a conceptual artist who certainly does not employ visual aggression and speculation. From the formal aspect, his works are often reminiscent of something very beautiful which, for example, can remind us of minimalist tendencies. His objects refer to commonplace things as a children’s swing, a cradle, a pedestal, or even a pew – but they are at the same time sculptures of their own right which do not require any explanatory subtext. Humhal’s installations sometimes return to the 1970s’ Conceptual Art and to the method of collecting various objects. The artist, however, also works with the media of photography and video which allow him to explore social issues and issues of female and male identity. His works touch upon sensitive moments in life, so intensely familiar to every one of us. Pavel Humhal’s works have not only been highly appreciated on the Czech artistic scene, but also at many presentations of Czech art abroad. Humhal is also active as art theoretician and lectures at several art schools.
* 1965, Prague, Czech republic