Oldřich Kulhánek - Graphic artist

Oldřich Kulhánek

Biography

Oldřich Kulhánek was born on 26. February 1940 in Prague, he died on 28.January 2013 .Between 1958-64 he studied at the College of Applied Art in Prague in the studio of Prof. Svolinsky. In 1971, Kulhanek 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. Nevertheless he continued to work. His work found its way into the world illegally. For instance, Kulhánek took part in the “Homage  à  A . Dürer” exhibition in Nürnberg in 1971, under the pseudonym of Ulrich Böhm. 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 e.g. he was a guest lecturer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Texas. Between 1992 and 1993, Kulhánek was engaged in the new Czech bank notes project. Since 1990 he has exhibited his work all over the world.