Graphic artist, Illustrator

Oldřich Kulhánek

Oldřich  Kulhánek

Biography

Oldřich Kulhánek was born on 26. February 1940 in Prague.

Between 1958-64 he studied at the College of Applied Art in Prague in the studio of Prof. Karel Svolinský. The apprentice years spent under his leadership became the basis of his artistic career as a precise graphic artist and illustrator. He had his first solo exhibition in 1968. In March 1971, Kulhánek was arrested by StB (Czech KGB) and accused of the defamation of representatives of communist countries in his graphic sheets from years 1968-71. Namely, it was the face of Stalin used in his graphic art. The 70s were thus marked by a total ban of exhibitions.  After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, the situation in Czechoslovakia, later in the Czech Republic has changed. Artists and the general public were finally able to travel freely. In 1990, Kulhánek visited the USA for the first time to take part in the Lithographic Workshop in Los Angeles. Since then he has been to the States many times. In 1995 f. i. he was a guest lecturer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Texas.

Between 1992 and 1993, Kulhánek created the new Czech bank notes.

Oldřich Kulhánek died on January 20, 2013.

Graphics

Exhibitions

Selected

1968 – Prague, Galerie Manes

1971 – Giessen, Galerie Ortas

1974 – Leiden, Rijksuniversiteit

1984 – St. Pölten, Stadtmuseum

1985 – Chicago, Baruch Gallery

1989 – Brüssel, Europa Galerie

1990 – Florida, Antlantic Center for Arts

1993 – Prague, Galerie u Prstenu

1997 – Antwerpen, Galerie Eprevue Artiste

1999 – Prague, Galerie Hollar

2000 – Prague, Galerie Manes

2013 – Prague, Museum Kampa

Awards

Selected

1967 - Vienna, 3rd prize international graphic exhibition

1971 - Prague, 1st prize for the design of the 10 crowns banknote (realization was prohibited)

1982 - Leipzig, Book Fair, silver medal for the Faust book illustration

1991 - Wakayama, 1st Prize Biennial of International Graphics