About

Born in 1952, Josef Blecha graduated from the University of Economics, Prague. Drawing since 1976, his portrait caricatures have appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and Playboy. He has held over 50 solo exhibitions. Josef Blecha transformed the line into an elegant means of depicting resemblances. While drawing, he tries to enter into the mindset of his subjects, enabling him to portray them in a broader context of their time. His work is distinguishable for its immaculate technique and ability to create a strong sense of atmosphere. His exquisite line, combined with the increasing use of collage, creates a unique artistic license among his contemporaries. The legacy of Czech caricaturists, such as František Bidlo, Antonín Pelc, and Adolf Hoffmeister, has found a formidable follower in Josef Blecha. His work explores new artistic dimensions, as well as a very specific art form, and is held in private collections throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada. Josef Blecha is a member of S.V.U. Mánes.

Collections

Aria Hotel Prague


Each of the 51 rooms and suites at the Aria Hotel in Prague is dedicated to a specific style of music, artist or composer and features the work of Josef Blecha. His portraits of music legends appear throughout the hotel’s public areas and on its sgraffito façade.

Aria Hotel Budapest


Each of the four wings at the Aria Hotel in Budapest is dedicated to one of four major music genres. The hotel’s 49 rooms and suites feature caricatures by Josef Blecha to commemorate famous composers and artists such as Maria Callas, Count Basie, Bob Dylan or Ferenc Liszt.

Leica Gallery Prague


The Leica Gallery in Prague focuses on exhibiting the work of renowned photographers, as well as supporting contemporary Czech and Slovak photography. Six portraits of photographic icons by Josef Blecha are a permanent feature of its interior.

Publications

Aria Hotel Prague

Caricatures - Famous Faces in a Few Strokes

This monograph comprises a selection of 222 portraits of famous faces from the realms of literature, music, art, theatre, film architecture and politics. It features nearly forty years of work, from early sketches for music periodicals to the Aria Hotel collection. Short-listed for the Most Beautiful Czech Book of the Year in 2007, it was published in Czech, English and German editions.
ISBN: 978-80-86660-13-4
Publisher: Knihy 555

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Exhibitions

Solo

2016

Spolkový dům, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Kulturhaus Niederanven, Niederanven, Luxembourg

2015

Galerie La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic
Galerie Magdalena, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic
Městské muzeum, Frýdlant, Czech Republic
Zámek, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

2014

Centar za kultura Aco Šopov, Štip, Macedonia
Centar za kultura Grigor Prlicev, Ohrid, Macedonia
Galeria Çifte Hamam, Tetovo, Macedonia
Kulturno Informativen Centar, Skopje, Macedonia

2012

Bílkova 13, Prague, Czech Republic
Galerie La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic
Suterén, Prague, Czech Republic

2011

Divadlo Bolka Polívky, Brno, Czech Republic
M’Art Print Gallery, Veľké Zálužie, Slovakia
Pitomá kavárna, Prague, Czech Republic

2009

Galerie Cafe, Loket, Czech Republic
Istituto Culturale Ceco, Rome, Italy
Severočeské divadlo opery a baletu, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Suterén, Prague, Czech Republic

2008

Galerie Anderle, Prague, Czech Republic

2007

Galerie ve věži, Planá u Mariánských Lázní, Czech Republic
Kultúrné centrum, Pezinok, Slovakia
Patriot-X, Prague, Czech Republic

2006

Galerie Bazilika, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Výstavní síň Radnice, Frýdlant, Czech Republic

2005

Galerie V, Poděbrady, Czech Republic

2004

Kulturní klub c.k. Solnice, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
Malá galerie České spořitelny, Kladno, Czech Republic
Malá galerie VÚVeL, Brno, Czech Republic

2003

Galerie českého krasu Špejchar, Želkovice, Czech Republic
Městské muzeum, Hořice, Czech Republic

2002

Galerie Krause, Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Galerie Špejchar, Chomutov, Czech Republic
Galerie V, Poděbrady, Czech Republic
Muzeum T.G.M., Rakovník, Czech Republic

1999

Galerie M, Vrchlabí, Czech Republic

1998

Golem Club, Prague, Czech Republic

1997

Galéria T, Komárno, Slovakia
La Creperie, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

1996

Galerie Lazarská, Prague, Czech Republic
Knihkupectví Růžička, Prague, Czech Republic

1992

Jazztone, Lörrach, Germany

1990

Crashing Thunder Studio Gallery, Gallup, NM, USA
Zámek, Staré Hrady, Czechoslovakia

1987

Galerie plastik, Hořice, Czechoslovakia

1986

Malostranská beseda, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1985

Galerie 55, Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Malá galerie spořitelny, Kladno, Czechoslovakia

1984

Hotel Thermal, Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
Malá galerie spořitelny, Kladno, Czechoslovakia

1979

Malostranská beseda, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1978

Malá galerie spořitelny, Kladno, Czechoslovakia

Group

2016

Galerie Diamant, Prague, Czech Republic

2014

Art galéria, Prievidza, Slovakia
Beroun Golf Resort, Beroun, Czech Republic
Centre tchèque, Paris, France
Cseh Centrum, Budapest, Hungary
Kernstok Károly Művészeti Alapítvány, Tatabánya, Hungary
Prague House, Brussels, Belgium
Staroměstská radnice, Prague, Czech Republic
Zámek, Holešov, Czech Republic

2012

Chvalský zámek, Prague, Czech Republic

2011

Clam-Gallasův palác, Prague, Czech Republic
Galerie La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic
Zámek, Holešov, Czech Republic

2010

Galéria Slovenskej výtvarnej únie, Bratislava, Slovakia

2009

Galerie Diamant, Prague, Czech Republic
Wines Home, Prague, Czech Republic
Zámek, Dobříš, Czech Republic

2007

Galerie La Femme, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Galerie La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic
Národní dům na Vinohradech, Prague, Czech Republic

2006

Městské divadlo, Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Městské divadlo, Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Divadlo Oskara Nedbala, Tábor, Czech Republic

2005

Galerie Inspirace, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic
M&K Galerie, Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic
Prezentační klub Kaučuk, Kralupy nad Vltavou, Czech Republic

2004

Galerie Koruna, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

2002

Výstavní síň Mánes, Prague, Czech Republic

2003

Galerie českého krasu Špejchar, Želkovice, Czech Republic
Městské muzeum, Hořice, Czech Republic

1997

Galerie Miro, Prague, Czech Republic

1983

Galerie Fronta, Prague, Czech Republic


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