Jiri Straka

  • born 1967 in Prague
  • 1995 graduated from Czech Charles University, Department of Chinese
  • 1997 graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
  • 2002-2006 curator at National Gallery in Prague; started to live in Beijing
  • 2014 Became the mural painting department distinguished professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • 2014 won the European culture and art award "2014 the 14th European TREBBIA cultural and artistic contribution award" and awarded by Czech President himself

Once, in ancient times, when the World-Honored One was at Mount Grdhrakuta, he twirled a flower before his assembled disciples. All were silent.

Only Mahakasyapa broke into a smile.

The World-Honored One said, "I have the eye treasury of right Dharma, the subtle mind of nirvana, the true form of no-form, and the flawless gate of teaching. It is not established upon words and phrases. It is a special transmission outside tradition. I now entrust this to Mahakasyapa."

Gáthá

Twirling a flower,

The snake shows its tail,

Mahakasyapa breaks into a smile,

And people and devas are confounded.

(The Wu-men Kuan, Case 6)

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2018 - "An old friend Quinghua porcelain", Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2017 - "Flowers in a sea of evil", Nova Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2016 - "Belief in Chinese Ink", Beijing, China
  • 2015 - "Ink building site", Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2014 - "Meadow", Heng Jia Tang, Beijing, China
  • 2012 - "The Frontline - Chinese from Czech", Beijing Time Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2012 - "Feathers", Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2011 - "The World" Jiri Straka ink painting exhibition, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2010 - "Zartes Grauen",  Arteversum Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 2009 - "Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka" Pierstone Law Office, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2007 - "Samsara", 798 Shitai Space, Beijing, China
  • 2007 - "Hearts", Chapel Art Gallery, Bruntal, Czech Republic
  • 2005 - "Heart Blossoms", Dining room Gallery - VMG Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic
  • 2006 - "Heart Blossoms", Art Institute of Shenzhen, Shenzhen, China
  • 2005 - "Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka", Kampa Museum, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2003 - "Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka", Pisecka Gate, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2003 - "Art Exhibition of Jiri Straka", Galerie Doubner, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2002 - "Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka", Czech Embassy, Beijing, China
  • 2001 - "Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka", Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2000 - "Ink and Water Painting by Jiri Straka", Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • 1999 - "Jiri Straka - Returns", Mala Strana, Prague, Czech Republic

Live painting:

  • 2012 - "Presence of Tong Hui River", Tongzhou, Beijin, China
  • 2011 - Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhe, China
  • 2011 - "Act", Zdenek Sklenar Gallery, Prague, China
  • 2010 - Cologne Art Festival, Germany
  • 2010 - "Faces", Czech pavilion on Shanghai World Expo, China
  • 2009 - "Feathers", Qujiang International Contemporary Art Season, Xi'an, China
  • 2008 - "Lily", Painting in Wan Shou Temple - International Art Plan, Changchun, China
  • 2008 - Disturbulence of Painting, 798 Art District, Sky Gallery, Beijin, China
  • 2007 - Disturbulence of Painting, 798 Art District, Ying Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2007 - "The sea of clouds - Live painting", Decinsky Sneznik, Czech Republic

Group exhibitions:

  • 2017 - "Battle of Wits", the 1st Ink Painting Biennal in Wuhan, Wuhan Gallery, Wuhan, China
  • 2016 - "The power of Attention - Ink Painting Works of Young Artists", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2016 - "The Contemporary Art Exhibition of The Peony Pavilion", Suzhou Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China
  • 2016 - "TA era - The zone in-between", Beijing Times Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • 2016 - "Magnanimous Shanghai-Art home Exhibition", Golden Bridge Building Shanghai, China

  • 2015 - "Memory of Six Cities" Chinese new ink painting exhibition, Shandong art museum, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

  • 2015 - "Magnanimous Art Home Exhibition", The China Millennium Monument

  • 2015 - "Heaven near 100 meters can stall", China-Czech Contemporary Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2014 - "The Dragon awakens", Prague National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2014 - "Meeting at the end of the Summer", Czech Republic Embassy in Beijing, China
  • 2014 - "Ink painting Monaco", Monte Carlo, Czech cultural days in Monaco
  • 2014 - "Situatiion 2014 Contemporary Art Invitational Exhibition", The 2nd China International Art Exposition, Beijin, China
  • 2014 - "Five officials - Eight horses" Caochangdi Ink Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2014 - "Ink Pieces - Essence", 798 Xinyi Art Space, Beijing, China
  • 2013 - "The first Dongmeng Contemporary Art Biennal", Dongmeng Art Museum, Nanning, China
  • 2013 - "International Biennal", Beijing, China
  • 2013 - "Modern ink painting", Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2013 - "Modern ink painting", Museum of Fine Art, Wuhan, China
  • 2011 - "Songzhuang art festival", Shangshang art museum, Beijing, China
  • 2010 - "Beyond", Song Zhuang Art Festival, Beijing, China
  • 2009 - "Undercurrent" (with Josef Bolf, Martin Eder, Jonathan Meese), Rudoulf Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2008 - "Painting rebellion", Art district, Sky Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2007 - "Painting rebellion", Inter Art Center, 798 Art district, Ying Gallery, Beijing, China
  • 2003 - "The Fourth Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal", Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • 2002 - "Chinese ink painting", City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong, China
  • 2001 - "The Third Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal", Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China
  • 1999 - "The Second Shenzhen International Water and Ink Painting Biennal", Guan Shanyue Museum, Shenzhen, China

Works Collection

Collected by National Art Museum of China, Shandong Museum, Wuhan Museum, Beijing Times Gallery, National Art Museum of Czech, Czech KAMPA Gallery, Sklenar Art Museum and so on.