An overhelming testament of the human condition
An outstanding member of the Archetypal Expressionism Group, Michal Trpk is one of the best international young artist of the XXIth century, a visual artist with a fresh and moving vision, guided by a refined intuition to target the essence of things, the archetypal gods of the contemporary world. In his vision, through the blood of a true thinker flows the ideals of the community, the need to reflect the Other and to share love and spiritual growth. His overhelming work, ‘’Sail Hope’’, is maybe the best representation in the actual art of the refugees tragedy. Trpk’s works are imagined beyond the figurative paradigm, because they succeed to keep the imprints, the atemporality and monumentality of the best achievements of the past, from the pre-historical or Totemic art to Constantin Brancusi’s archetypes.
Michal Trpk’s art is both a celebration and a grim testament of the all times human condition.
My Art in public space
The sculptures that I make are meant mainly for public spaces or architecture. I believe that sculptures belong to architecture, public space or landscape. This is how the sculptures were used for centuries in the past.
In my works I am working with the topics of our present society and with the real space, where I am installing my works. I believe that sculpture is the point of space. In a gallery it is possible to put almost anything, as it is a clean space with white walls and socles… But in real architecture and public space, artist has to think about the scale, idea and way of installation and that is what makes it more interesting and nicer. The dialog I am trying to get with my art is a dialogue among my art, architecture and people. Artist does not need to talk about his work much if the art piece can talk itself and the stories are talked by the people afterwards. As a reset I believe that artist language is his work not his words – they are the tools of writers, philosophers or art critics.
Francesco D´Assisi : The one who works by hands is worker. The one who work by hands and head is craftsman. The one who works by hands, head and heart is artist.
Michal Trpak was born in 1982 in the Czech Republic. His art studies started at Secondary School of Arts in CeskyKrumlov. After he went to study at Academy of Arts and Design in Prague where he took his masters degree. During this studies he went to one-year exchange stay to Lahti in Finland and later one year exchange in Vancouver, Canada. After graduating from Prague in 2007, he started to work as an artist and he finished his PhD at Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica-Slovakia.
Since 2007, Michal Trpak is organizing a sculpture exhibition in the public space of Ceske Budejovice, called ART IN THE CITY where sculptors exhibited their works during the summer and since 2015 he is curating sculpture exhibition Sculpture Line in Prague.
The sculptures and paintings made by Michal Trpak are in public spaces and private collections around Europe, America and Russia. His works were displayed on many exhibitions around Europe, like in 2014 at Icastica in Arezzo Italy, Secret Garden Party UK, River Gallery Bratislava Slovakia, In 2015 his works were shown at exhibition in Stuttgart Germany, Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic, Prague and many others.
Besides creating artistic projects, Michal Trpak travels to various countries or remote places of world like Alaska, Kamchatka , Himalaya or dive and sails the seas to get some inspiration and to be closer to nature, which is the best sculptor. He is a member of the Archetypal Expressionism Group.