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Matyáš Chochola

It is tempting to say that Matyáš Chochola is a typical member of the upcoming generation of artists. The mildly stylized young man is distinguished by his exclusive romanticism combined with disrupting the conventional approaches of the post-conceptualist standards. The reason for his inhabiting the arts arena is largely is to be an artist, and to at first remove and clear away all sediments of its history and find the notional constants of why art first appeared and why it still exists. He was born on April 4, 1986 in Hradec Králové. He graduated from the traditional academic secondary school Na Pražačce in Prague. The image of “himself wearing a saggy sweater, with a chain saw in his hand and a spark of wildness in his eye, enchanting the art aficionados” brought him, quite unfortunately, into the formally-accented sculpture atelier of Michal Gabriel at Brno’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Since 2008, however, he has been studying in an environment he must have found more favourable, in the studio of Vladimír Skrepl (and Jiří Kovanda) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague; his inquisitive disquietude also finds more room to operate during stays at the ateliers of guest teachers at the former studio of the sculptor Ladislav Šaloun. This is how Matyáš became acquainted with the approaches of the Polish conceptualist Zbigniew Libera, the provocative Austrian group Gelitin and most recently also the intellectually-demanding Austrian Florian Pumhösel. Matyáš’s studies and visiting stays support his personal efforts connected with disrupting the stereotypes in today’s art and culture in general, which has produced several exhibitions; let me mention that held as part of the Mikulov Art Symposium and his latest appearance at Prague’s A.M. 180 gallery. His exhibition there, which consisted of several objects, explored the aesthetical clichés of the post-conceptual discourse and sought to arrive at a multi-layer key to the meaning of visual art itself.


Martin Dostál

Be Yourself
Be Yourself
Combined technique, 3 pcs height 260 cm, ø 30 cm; 2011