Sofie Švejdová

Painter Sofie Švejdová (*1990) is one of the most outstanding talents of the current generation of Czech visual artists. In March 2018, her paintings caught attention at the prestigious VOLTA art fair in New York, and this success subsequently brought Sofie Švejdová's name to the forefront of the contemporary art scene both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The Plzeň native graduated from the High School of Design in Prague, completed an internship at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and in 2014, she finished her studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (studio of painting under Stanislav Diviš and Jiří Černický). During her studies, she experimented with various media, creating not only paintings and drawings but also sculptures and installations. She eventually settled on paintings, initially exploring the theme of television series and through them, she transitioned from narration to abstraction and now focuses primarily on large-format abstract painting. Her direct and spontaneous painting style challenges clichés about female creation. Her expressively conceived brushwork sometimes carries a significant dose of ironic distance, while at other times, it reveals a deep inner passion.

For Sofie, motifs that can be identified with reality are merely a means for an intense confrontation with color masses, while her painting unfolds in a dynamic composition where triumphant color harmonies emerge. The way in which she works with materials and layers of color creates an impression of at times elusive dynamism and at other times, immeasurable depth and a physical experience, transporting the viewer from a mere two-dimensional surface into the space of a three-dimensional artwork. In this way, Sofie Švejdová transcends traditional boundaries of painting and creates a visual experience that physically and aesthetically completes the viewer's interaction with the artwork.

SELECTION OF SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • REDFLAG, House of Art, České Budějovice
  • Three Days Without Sleep, Gallery Vyšehrad, Prague
  • Over the Edge, Galerie Felixe Jeneweina města Kutné Hory, Kutná Hora

2021

  • Greenhouse, Karpuchina Gallery, Prague

2020

  • 50 C, Pragovka gallery, Pop up, Prague

2019

Sofie Švejdová | Andreas Schmitten, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prague

2018

9058, Atrium Žižkov, Prague

2017

In the Shade, House of Arts, Opava, Czech Republic (with Lucie Skřivánková)

2014

Big Hug Mug / TV series paintings, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin

2013

Situation 26, Pavilon Gallery, Prague

SELECTION OF GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • Nature Holds a Mirror, Online exhibition

2022

  • Sound of the Sun Going Down, Lípa Collection, Česká Skalice
  • Art Symposium DÍlna, Mikulov
  • WEST POINT 2022, Gallery Klatovy, Klenová

2021

Salon Pes, Karpuchina gallery, Prague

2020

Dark Room,UNIT OF TEMPORALITY, Prague

2019

DARK Matter does not MATTER_Black Friday_Worm up #1, White Pearl Gallery, Prague

Young and Lush, Gallery City of Trutnov, Czech Republic

2018

BEZ OBAV. PAPÍR HOŘÍ!, Gallery City of Pilsen, Czech Republic

Young and Lush, Galerie 101, Prague

Young and Lush, Gallery City of Pilsen, Czech Republic

2017

Mildly intoxicating quality of feeling, Knot Gallery, Villa P651, Prague

2016

Art Dialog - Interspaces 2016, Galerry Klatovy/ Klenová, Czech Republic

2015

L´Accrochage, Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin

2014

Art Dialog – Interspaces 2014, Galerie Klatovy/ Klenová, Czech Republic

Wail of Silence, Culture center Radlická, Prague

Decent people know how to have fun, NTK Gallery, Prague

Lunchmeat festival, Trade Fair Palace, Prague

2013

  • Supported format, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Arts meet Art, Tiskárna Gallery, Prague

  • Long time laughing at the joke before we understand that it is a task, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic

2012

At 307, Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic

ART FAIRS

2022 SWAB - BARCELONA, Spain, Karpuchina Gallery

2021 SWAB - BARCELONA, Spain, Karpuchina Gallery

2019 Artisima - TORINO, Italia, Jiri Svestka Gallery

2018 VOLTA NY - solo presentation, Jiri Svestka Gallery

2016 VOLTA 12- Jiri Svestka Gallery