Josef Valčík
——Czech Artist——

Josef Valčík is the protean element of Studio Valčík. He is not protean in the sense that he changes his approach to art or his style based on some current trend or fashion. On the contrary – his approaches to painting, photography and sculpture contain certain features constant over long periods of time. These features include the same thematic approaches and motifs, a constant range of works and genres and constant technical approaches and brushwork. Yet in spite of these constants, Josef Valčík – unlike the other members of this studio – is not satisfied with one type of painting; he continuously moves between the various fine arts, struggling with their limitations.

Josef Valčík began his career as a painter of landscapes, flower bouquets and nudes and it is his interest in these genres that was able to pass on to his children Magda and Aleš. The use of acrylics and a passion for pastose brushwork has however led him towards abstract compositions with symbolic references. These works began to appear in the mid-nineties and have influenced how all of his previous and subsequent works are viewed. Since that time, his flower bouquets, nudes and landscapes are simply pretexts for the unrestricted rhythm of his painting that has become characteristic for how he sees the world.

Josef Valčík may be considered a protean being for yet another reason. He has willingly walked into the pictographic cycle of advertising, visual provocation and kitsch in order to continuously question the value of his own participation in more complex and conflicting levels of the “iconosphere”. This is what has led to polarities of symbolic meaning and empty gestures, commerciality and independence, and sacredness and obscenity in his work. These polarities first came to the surface in his nudes and almost subject-free compositions and reached their full development in his portraits, hunting scenes and photographic compositions of painted naked bodies of women and ceramics that treat naked bodies with irony. If however we attempt to reach for something in this protean flow of paintings using various media that motivates their creation, we can see the footprints of this protean nature in the painted, photographed and sculpted worlds of Josef Valčík. He begins painting by announcing the color that will define the shapes on the canvas; he inserts colors into bodies and gives a ceramic-like patina.

We find that it is not possible to link Josef Valčík with one color or typical chord. Rather his uses the contrast of dark monochromatic surfaces with lively multicolored ones. His photographs bring the immediate and unique to the game of documentation. His sculpture has always been linked with space and volume, which can be seen in his varied three-dimensional shapes of fired clay as well as in the stylized compositions of movement and the intersection of natural bodies and the spontaneous and yet severe acrylic splashes. The previously mentioned polarities in Valčík’s works can be traced through his photographic, painted and sculpted works. His photographs reflect connotations of advertising, the tabloid and commerciality, while his sculptures are important for their totemic and pseudo-memorial nature. His paintings reflect possible links to the pure and aural and on the other hand are full of studiedness and meaning. These three media with their own internal memories open up a varied horizon of possibilities and together create a picture of the artist Josef Valčík’s personality. Each reflects a different ego, a different side of his being. But it is only through their interaction that we can truly find signs of his internal integrity.


  • 1989 – Kyjov – exhibition space at the Kyjov Hospital and Clinic
  • 1990 – Strážnice – private gallery of Ivan Lžičařová
  • 1991 – Choceň – exhibition space at the Chateau Bookstore
  • 1992 – Strážnice – private gallery of Ivan Lžičařová
  • 1992 – Hodonín – Inteko Gallery
  • 1993 – Výškov -Art Spektrum Gallery
  • 1993 – Brno – Gallery „G”
  • 1993 – Kunštát na Moravě – exhibition space of the artistic ceramics store
  • 1994 – Výškov -Art Spektrum Galery
  • 1994 – Strážnice – private galery of lvana Lžičařová
  • 1994 – Kravaře – Chateau Gallery
  • 1994 – Uherské Hradiště – Dílo Gallery
  • 1995 – Brno – Eva Gallery
  • 1995 – Brno – Pegas Gallery
  • 1995 – Brno – Baret Gallery
  • 1995 – Brno – exhibition space of the Czech-Moravian Building Society
  • 1996 – Brno – Eva Gallery
  • 1996 – Přerov – Dílo Gallery


  • 1981 – Šardice – exhibition with Miroslav Bravenec
  • 1982-1988 – exhibition within the framework of the ASUT military competition
  • 1990 – Čejč – exhibition with Miroslav Bravenec Brno, Olomouc, Moravská Třebová and Troubsko – exhibition within the framework of the Association of Artists in the Moravian-Silesian Region.
  • 1990 – Kyjov – exhibition at the VEGA Gallery
  • 1991 – Olomouc – exhibition space at Flora Olomouc exhibition by AUMUS
  • 1991 – Nový Dvůr u Opavy – exhibition by AUMUS at the Arboreta
  • 1991 – Brno – exhibition by the Association of Creative Artists – ČSFR (ACA – ČSFR) at the Brnoo Trade Fair grounds
  • 1991 – Berlín (Germany) – exhibition by ACA – ČSFR to mark he 150th anniversary of Antonin Dvořák’s birth
  • 1991 – Prague – exhibition by ACA- ČSFR at CIBOK “EXPERIMENT’
  • 1991 – Mikulov – exhibition by ACA- ČSFR
  • 1991 – Laa a d. Thaya (Austria) – exhibition by ACA – ČSFR
  • 1991 – Hollabrunn (Austria) – exhibition by ACA – ČSFR
  • 1991 – Mistelbach (Austria) – exhibition by ACA – ČSFR
  • 1992 – Olomouc – exhibition by AUMS at Flóra Olomouc
  • 1992 – Nový Dvůr u Opavy – exhibition by AUMS atthe Arboreta
  • 1992 – Opava – the Petr Bezruče House – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1992 – Mistelbach (Austria) – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1992 – Hollabrunn (Austria) -exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1992 – Retz (Austria) – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1993 – Vítkov – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1993 – Stockerau (Austria) – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1993 – Korneubug (Austria) – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1993 – Nový Jičín – exhibition by VTS QUINTART at the Municipal Cultural Center
  • 1993 – Opava – the Petr Bezruč House – exhibition by VTS QUINTART
  • 1994 – Brno – exhibition by Prof Art Brno at the Brno Trade Fair grounds
  • 1995 – Brno – exhibition by Prof Art Brno at the exhibition hall of the Brno-Řečkovice town hall
  • 1995 – Brno – exhibition by Prof Ad Brno in the foyer gallery of the Jadran Cinema
  • 1995 – Brno – exhibition by Studio Valčík in the exhibition space of the firm Automedia
  • 1995 – Brno – exhibition by studio Valčík in the exhibition space of the Czech-Moravia Building Society
  • 1996 – Brno – exhibition by Prof Art Brno in the foyer of the Janáček Theater
  • 2010 – Bratislava – exhibition in the Fine Art Gallery
  • 2012 – Bratislava – ARTisti&Co
  • 2013 – Praha – ARTisti&Co
  • 2014 – Košice – Museum of Technology
  • 2014 – Videň – ARTisti&Co
  • 2018 – Ostrava – Orchard Gallery
  • 2019 – Ostrava – Orchard Gallery