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Pravoslav Sovák

Museum Kampa presented the work of Pravoslav Sovak, an internationally renowned graphic artist,
painter, and in the recent years also a photographer, who has gained respect abroad as the author
of exceptional graphic series often using experimental techniques, but also as a valued teacher
at Kunsthochschule in Cologne, where many, nowadays prominent artists, studied under him.

Pravoslav Sovak (born 1926 in Vysoké Mýto, then Czechoslovakia) graduated from School of Applied
Arts after the end of the Second World War. In 1947 he became an assistant to the painter Jan Zrzavý
at the Faculty of Education at Palacký University in Olomouc. He worked as a miner and steel worker
in North Moravia after 1948. Since the mid-1950s he has been a freelance graphic design artist.
Among other things he cooperated on the visual concept of several films. On August 21, 1968, he left
Czechoslovakia for Germany. In 1978 he settled in Hergiswil, Switzerland, where he currently lives.
Besides his pedagogical activities, he has dedicated his energy mainly to free art.
The exhibition at Kampa Museum was the first retrospective in his native land.
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