Tomáš Vaněk

Tomáš Vaněk (*1966) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the studios of Vladimír Kokolia and Jiří Sopko. He went on study stays and residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, MuseumsQuartier 21 in Vienna, Camden Arts Centre in London and ISCP in New York. In his works, he seemingly inconspicuously participates in a reality that we take too much for granted. Since 1999, he has created “particips” – images made for particular places sprayed on walls over a stencil. Including the artist’s commentary, the numbered particips aim to activate the viewers and make them participate in forming the image’s meaning. Vaněk creates situations rather than artifacts. The particips include elements of performativity and merge with other media, such as music. Vaněk was among the founding members of the Headless Horseman and PAS (Production of the Activities of the Present) art groups. He exhibited his work at the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 8 in Murcia, Spain and at ATM Gallery in Milan. Since 2013, Tomáš Vaněk is chancellor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and heads the Academy’s Studio of Intermedia Work III.