Czech painter and graphic art designer
Vladimir Suchánek, born February 12, 1933 in Nové Město nad Metují, is a Czech painter, ostage stamp and graphic art designer.
He graduated from the Pedagogical University in 1954 and The Academy of Art in Prague in 1961.
The former musician played in the sixties together with other stamp designers in a band named Grafičanka.
He designed several stamps of the Czech Republic, He was the designer of the stamp for the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Adalbert in 1997. This stamp was released in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Poland and the Vatican.
In 1997, he was appointed a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, based in Vienna.
Vladimír Suchánek comes from a generation that played a crucial positive role in the development of Czech art in the second half of the 20th century. Suchánek's graphic prints reveal not only a rich imagination and characterful poetry, but also a masterful command of colour lithography, which is his graphic technique of choice. He has achieved widespread international recognition in this field, collecting many top awards for his work.
Up to date, he was exhibiting in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Japan, the USA, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Slovakia. He has taken part in almost 300 exhibitions, including international biennales of graphic art – Ljubljana, Kraków, Paris, Trieste, Grenchen, Buenos Aires, Frechen, Bradford, Biella, Rijeka, Segovia, Tokyo, Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Malbork, Lodz, Frederikshavn, Berlin, Miami, Toronto, Fredrikstad and Beijing. Since the 1970s, his colour lithographs have been exhibited in number of the European galleries presenting modern Czech graphic art.
His work can be seen in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Albertina in Vienna, the Rockford Art Museum in USA, and in many other public and private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad.