1. Bel Art Gallery – located on Maltezske Namesti 480/8. Run by Armenian Hovanes, there’s a selection of prints, oil and acrylic paintings and pottery. (artists come from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Italy, Spain and the Ukraine).
2. Art Pro Gallery – located on Revolucni 20 in Prague. (up and coming artists from Prague and the Czech Republic).
3. Galerie Akant – on Revolucni 19 in Prague. (up and coming Czech artists but also you can find some older pieces as well). It is across the street from Art Pro Gallery on Revolucni.
4. The Prague Gallery on Michalska 19 in Prague 1. Loved this charming little gallery that is filled to the brim with paintings and prints. I discovered Juro Blahovec at this gallery before I saw a number of his paintings elsewhere in Prague.
5. Gallery of European Contemporary Art / Galassi Gallery on Michalska 15 in Prague. I spent a couple of hours in this massive gallery dedicated to old and new — dark and bright — styles of contemporary art. Most of the artists are from the Czech Republic but others can be found from Russia, Ukraine, and Slovakia.
I learned about Canadian artist Roman Zuzuk here whose work I fell in love with – he’s obviously of Slovakian descent which is very evident in his art. Andrej Gallassi (owner/proprietor) of the shop, who lives upstairs, is incredibly knowledgeable about the art scene.
6. Galerie U Zlateho Beranka on Misenska 67/10 in Prague 1. (Mala Strana). This gallery is also loaded with paintings to the ceiling but isn’t as large as Galassi, probably the same size as the Prague Gallery on the same street (Michalska, not to be confused with Misenska).
7. Ajax Galerie on Tynska 7 in old town. I met and talked to one of the artists who was there at the time — Vladimir Tkaehenko, who is apparently a doctor by day.
My favorites were Juro Blahovec who is from the south of the Czech Republic originally and Roman Zuzuk who was born in 1961 in small village Selec in Ukraine. From 1980 until 1984 he studied at Simferpol art school in the Crimea and later – in Kiev Academy of fine Arts. From 1991 he lived in Prague, and now resides in Toronto, Canada since January 2000.
Zuzuk’s power is in his satire (see right). His subjects encompass the rich panoply of modern life. Whether tense, fractured geometric representations of bustling industrial scenes against a rural landscape, couples interacting in everyday frolic, or children attempting to make sense of such a crazy world, his work is infused with a beguiling innocence and pervasive nostalgia. He creates simple figures of heroic proportion and dimension where everything has a story to tell.
This depth of feeling and sensitivity permeates all of Zuzak’s work, whether the subject is the joys and comedy of human friendship or the persistent and lyrical bonds of memory.