Mikuláš Medek

Mikuláš Medek

1926 – 1974


Mikuláš Medek born November 3, 1926, Prague; died August 23, 1974, Prague. Studied at the State School of Graphic Arts in Prague under Professor K. Müller ( 1942-1944); sent to forced labor in Germany (1944-1945); studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague after the war (1945-1946); after one year transferred to the College of Applied Arts in Prague under Professor František Tichý (1946-1949); expelled from the Collage (1949). As early as during his studies Medek, together with his friends Libor Fára, Zbyněk Sekal and Stanislav Podhrázský, oriented himself towards Surrealism. He met the so-called Spořilov Surrealist, he participated in the activities around Karel Teige's and Vratislav Effenberger's circle.
In 1955, he worked on restorations together with Stanislav Podhrázský and Zdeněk Palcr. In 1957, he created the series of figurative paitings „Games". In 1959, his painting reached the border of abstraction. In 1961 he painted significant existential series „Meat of the Cross" and „Meat of Iron" ; in 1963 „Sensitive Signals",  "Sensitive Manifestations" and „Sudden Incidents". In the fall of 1958 he met and befriended Jan Koblasa. He was a distinct intellectual, artistic and moral authority for the founding the broader group „Confrontation" (1961) associating Czech Abstractionist.
In 1963 Mikuláš Medek realized large paintings for the altar of the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Jedovnice, Moravian Karst, and for Czechoslovak Airlines in Damascus and Košice.

source: Ohniska znovuzrození: České umění 1956 – 1963, Galerie hlavního města Prahy, 1994