Biography

 
Photo Paul Plews

Photo Paul Plews


 

Hynek Martinec

Born 1980, Broumov

Czech Republic

Lives and works in London


Graduated from the Studio of Classical Painting Techniques under the supervision of Prof. Zdeněk Beran at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague. After his studies he left for Paris (2005-2007) and since 2007 has been living in London. He received the prestigious BP Young Artist Award (2007) for his hyperrealistic portraits. His paintings are inspired by Old Masters and/or photographs, which link the past with the future, using modern technologies.

 

Education


 

2004
Cooper Union, New York

2002
Middlesex University, London

1999-2005
Academy of Fine Art (MgA.), Prague


 

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Project

2019
The Everyday Archive, Brixton Beneficiary, London

2018
Voyage to Iceland, National Gallery, Prague
Kilián Ignác D. Galerie Dům, Broumov

2017
El Greco is Watching, (ongoing), Spain
The Birth of Tragedies, Parafin, London

2016
Hybrid, The Factory Gallery, London
Thank You For Looking at Me, (ongoing), Iceland

2015
Intellectual Properties, Galerie Václava Špály, Prague

2014
Every Minute You Are Closer To Death, Parafin, London

2013
Every Minute You Are Closer To Death, Flowers Gallery, London

2010
Lucky Man, Caroline Wiseman, London

2009
At The Same Time, Cosa Gallery, London

After Holiday 1986, Czech Centre Gallery, Sofia

2008
Lost in Time, Cosa Gallery, London

2007
Czech Centre Gallery, Paris


 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

In Loving Memory, Emo Court, Co Laois, Ireland
Vanité, Brixton Beneficiary, London

2017
Fascination with Reality, Museum of Modern Art, Olomouc
Arc of Time, Zahorian and Van Espen, Prague

2015
Blow-up, Parafin, London

2014
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

2013
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2012
Beyond Reality. British Painting Today, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
Ein Weisses Feld, Schlachthaus Aschaffenburg
Coal and Steel, Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London
Coal and Steel, Czech Centre Gallery, Prague

2011
Encoded Systems, Read Gate Gallery, London

2010
BP Portrait Award, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Passion for Freedom, UNIT 24 Gallery, London
TRANSFER, Czech National Building, New York

2009
BP Portrait Award, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
Prague Biennale 4, Prague
TRANSFER, MG Gallery, Brno

2008
TRANSFER, WhiteBOX Gallery, Munich
International Triennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague
Re-Reading The Future, Project Mobility, National Gallery, Prague
Defenestrace, Galerie Novoměstská radnice, Prague
BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

2007
BP Portrait Award, Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2006
BLACK Art Festival, Pardubice

2005
Prague Biennale, National Gallery, Prague
Gallery Foundation M + J Anderle, Prague
Prague’s Studios, Galerie Novoměstká radnice, Prague

2004
Cooper Union Gallery, New York

2003
Čtvercová leč ARTTODAY, Gelerie Nová Síň, Prague


 

Awards

2008
The Changing Faces, London
BP Visitor Choice, National Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

2007
BP Young Artist Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
BP Visitor Choice, National Portrait Gallery, London

2003
Studio Prize, Academy of Fine Art, Prague

Collections

British Museum, London
National Gallery, Prague
Sammlung FIEDE, Aschaffenburg
Standard Chartered Bank, London
WCIT Collection, London
Asante Art Collection, Basel
Pro Arte Collection, Prague
Robert Runtak Collection, Olomouc
Omer Koc Collection, Istanbul

Bibliography

In Loving Memory, Emo Court, Co Laois, Ireland, 2019
Voyage to Iceland, National Gallery, Prague, 2018
Kilian Ignac D. Galerie Dům, Broumov, 2018
Fascination with Reality, Museum of Modern Art, Olomouc, 2017
Intellectual Properties, Galerie Václava Špály, Prague, 2015
Every Minute You Are Closer To Death, Parafin, London, 2014
John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2014
Beyond Reality. British Painting Today, Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague, 2012
500 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2011
Umění vnímat Umění, Michael Třeštík, Gasset, Prague, 2011
Prague Biennale 4, Giancarlo Politi Editore, Milan, 2009
RE-READING THE FUTURE, Mobility, National Gallery, Prague, 2008
Hynek Martinec Paintings 1999-2008, Czech Centre, London, 2008