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Vladimír Suchánek was born on February 12, 1933, in Nové Město nad Metují. He studied at the Faculty of Paedagogy, Charles University in Prague (1952-54) at professors C. Bouda, K. Lidický and M. Salcman and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1954-60) in a specialized course in graphic art under professor V. Silovský.
He is still active in the world of graphic art, painting, illustration of books, postage stamp designing and ex-libris. He is a member of Association of Czech Graphic Artists Hollar, having been their chairman since 1995. In 1977 he was appointed a member of European Academy of Science and Arts with the seat in Vienna. In 2006 he was given a state medal for Accomplishment in Arts.
Vladimír Suchánek belongs to the generation which played an important positive role in the development of Czech art in the second half of the 20th century. Suchánek´s graphic lists show a rich imagination and personal poetry and mastering of colour lithography, his most often used graphic technique – there he has been awarded twenty-nine important prizes.
Until 2013 he has held 158 solo exhibitions both in the Czech Republic and abroad, e.g. in Holland, Belgium, Germany, the USA, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Slovakia and has taken part in 300 collective exhibitions, e.g. international biennials of graphic in Lublan, Krakow, Paris, Terst, Grenchen, Buenos Aires, Frechen, Bradford, Biella, Rijeka, Segovia, Tokyo, Heidelberg, Nűrnberg, Malbork, Lodz, Frederikshaven, Berlin, Miami, Toronto, Fredrikstadt and Peking. Since the seventies of the last century his colour lithography works have been exhibited in European galleries representing Czech modern graphic art.
In the area of graphic ex-libris Vladimír Suchánek belongs to the most important modern authors, for collectors from all over the world he has created more than three hundred pieces of ex-libris. In the Czech Rebublic Vladimír Suchánek is famous also by book illustrations and postage stamp designing.
His artwork is represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, Albertina Wien, Rockford Art Museum and many other public and personal collections both in our country and abroad.
Suchanek´s drawing on lithographic stone
"It is said that the lithographic stone has a soul, which is why for my whole life I have been trying to understand it. When, in a drawing on its dotted surface, a dream meets with an image of the outer world, then with passion and at the same time humility, I am embarking on a journey, at the end of which a new graphic print will be born."