Jun 18, 2016
JAN MIKO at SOAK FESTIVAL
For the SOAK festival in Brooklyn, Miko's action painting will react to newly gained experiences from his first visit of NYC.
Jan Miko started his action paintings at 2008 working with different performance artists or performing his one man show at various locations, outdoor spaces, parks, old factories, garages, churches and theater and gallery venues. He creates his artworks as some kind of activism, often working in extreme situations. The most recently he traveled to Iraq to react on war conflict and to meet with Iraqi artist Bahman with whom he did several outdoor graffiti and action paintings.
Often his creations are accompanied by dancers who add to his dynamic artistry. He uses a variety of instruments and implements to craft his big, bold and brave commentary on urban existence. For SOAK festival in Brooklyn his action painting will react on his newly gained experience from his first visit of NYC.
Jan Miko is an artist of a generation, who has significantly influenced Street Art and Graffiti. His paintings are inspired by street culture and the city suburbs where he grew up and inevitably became a part of. His first paintings “on the wall” were created in 1994. In the earliest days of Czech Street Art, Miko co-founded a group PGINT. This group smoothly moved to street art from graffiti and received high acclaim. His independent action paintings were presented in Prague, Amsterdam, Paris and Warsaw. From 2004 onwards Miko was an assistant of Vít Soukup, Ph.D. Two years later he became a student of painting at the Academy of Arts in the studio of Stanislav Divis. Following the tragic death of Vít Soukup, he produced a series of paintings titled “Vomiting” as a reaction to this period in his life. Most recently, Miko worked in Iraq as part of the socio-documentary project entitled “One Blood Project”. The project aimed to discover and explore the connections between Czech and international street culture.
Soak Festival, LEIMAY Gallery, Brooklyn
SOAK Festival, LEIMAY Gallery, Brooklyn
Jun 18, 2016
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event