Filip Svehla is a Czech artist living and working in Prague, Czech Republic. He studied at The Academy of Arts in Prague. He also spent a year studying in Utrecht, Netherlands.
His work became fully defined after finishing his studies and leaving for Valencia, Spain. There he became captivated by the city’s architecture, various neighborhoods, facades, and imperfect structures. The artist applies layers of many colors onto the canvas creating geometrical and, to a certain extend, minimalist paintings. His practice is inspired by the Bauhaus school and the work of artists such as Joseph Albers, Imy Knoebel, or Peter Halley.
He further developed the complexity of colours by his travels to India, where he took inspiration from local music traditions, resulting in almost disharmonic paintings.
Svehla mostly works with oil on canvas, which varies in size and often consists of two pieces, making it a diptych.
Selected solo shows:
2020 Today and tomorrow it will be better (with David Minařík), Pragovka Gallery, Prague
2019 Armonico (with Jiří Dolinski), OFF / FORMÁT Gallery, Brno
2019 Šmucik Ordnung, Stolen Gallery, Prague
2018 370 days sunny (with Jan Heres), Jan Čejka Gallery, Prague
2017 Fortunately I had a special room (with Martina Nováková), Villa P651, Prague
2014 Silence Yours has become our silence, AVU Gallery, Prague
Selected group shows:
2021 Critics' Award for Young Painting, Gallery of Critics, Prague
2019 Painting III, Millennium Gallery, Prague
2019 Leinemann Kunstpreis - Negative Realism, Czech Center, Berlin
2017 Summeracademy Venice, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice
2017 New Wave, graduates of AVU 2017, Trade Fair Palace, National Gallery, Prague
2017 Landscape 2017, New Gallery, Prague
2014 I walked around an apple tree, Žižkov Freight Station, Prague
2014 Kunstpreis der Leinemann-Stiftung, Czech Center, Berlin
2013 Exhibition of the Lukov Symposium, Topič Club, Prague
2012 Figurama, Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague