Michal Trpak was born in 1982 in the Czech Republic. His art studies started at Secondary School of Arts in Cesky Krumlov. After he went to study at Academy of Arts and Design in Prague where he took his masters degree. During this studies he went to 2 one-year exchange stay to Lahti in Finland and Vancouver in Canada. After graduating from Prague in 2007 he started to work as an artist and apart from it he finished his PhD at Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica-Slovakia.Since 2007 Michal Trpak is organizing a sculpture exhbition in the public space of Ceske Budejovice called ART In the City (www.umenivemeste.cz) where sculptors exhibit their works during the summer. The sculptures and paintings made by Michal Trpak are in public spaces and private collections in Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, France, Canada. Besides studying and creating artistic projects Michal Trpak travels to various countries or remote places of world like Alaska, Kamchatka , Himalayas or dive in the seas to get some inspiration and to clear his mind from a hectic European life.
My Art in public space
“The sculptures that I make are meant mainly for public spaces or architecture. I believe that sculptures belong to architecture, public space or landscape. This is how the sculptures were used for centuries in the past.
In my works I am working with the topics of our present society and with the real space, where I am installing my works. In a gallery it is possible to put almost anything as it is a sort of impotent space-white walls and socles… But in real architecture and public space, artist has to think about the scale, idea and way of installation and that is what makes it more interesting and nicer. When I have my works displayed in my studio it is never the same as if I install them in a good spot in the city or incorporated in some architecture-if the installation is good, it makes the work better and in the relation with the space makes the architecture better, too. This is the dialog I am trying to get with my art, dialogue among my art, architecture and people. And if the people are talking about the installation and if it somehow affects them it means that it is good. Artist does not need to talk about it much if the art piece can talk itself and the stories are talked by the people but not by the artist. As a reset I believe that artist language is his work not his words – they are the tools of writers, philosophers or art critics.” – Michal TrpakVisit Artist's Website