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Jan Mikulka

Jan Mikulka is a Czech painter specializing in still life painting, figural and portrait work. He has won The Royal Society of Portrait Painters competition in London three times, which is the most prestigious international competition showcase of contemporary portraiture.[1] In 2011 he won the BP Portrait Award, and two years later the first self-portrait award (SELF Portrait Prize, 2013),[2] and in 2016 the Changing Faces Prize was also awarded to him by The Royal Society of Portrait Painters.In his still lifes, Jan Mikulka plays with the viewer's perception of reality and the illusion of space. The installations take up several square meters, preparing the still life for the painting, so that the objects, from the viewer's perspective, eventually appear on the canvas exactly as the author intended. The displayed objects form a complex visual matrix of the relationships between the selected objects themselves, the author and his intention towards the audience. Jan Mikulka, a painter and a graduate of professor Zdeněk Beran's studio at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, has achieved acclaim in international competitions and is one of the few Czech painters to receive commissions from high-ranking customers from Great Britain to the Gulf. Since the artist works mostly on commission, we do not see his works very often on the open art market.


Solo exhibitions





Moments, Anderle Gallery, Prague




Group exhibitions


Et Cetera, MAXXI Museum, Rome

Faces of Pilsen, Depot, Pilsen

BP Portrait Awards 2015, National Portrait Gallery, London

Figurativas 15, MEAM Museum, Barcelona




Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London




Art Prague, Kafka's House, Prague

21:21, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague

Et Cetera, Institute of Italian Culture, Prague

Royal Society Of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition - SELF (winner), Mall Galleries, London

Volta 9, Dreispitzhalle, Basel

Confidential Reports, NoD Gallery, Prague

The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London




Contemporary czech and slovak painters, National Gallery, Prague

AVU graduates, Prague

Paintomorrow, Museum Šumperk, Šumperk

Element F, Moravian Gallery, Brno




BP Portrait Awards (winner of the Audience Award), National Portrait Gallery, London

BP Portrait Awards, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, London

BP Portrait Awards, Aberdeen Art Gallery, London




Unfocused, Písek Gate, Prague

SVU Manes Looking back, Gallery of the Slovak Art Union, Bratislava




Intro, SVU Mánes Diamant, Prague




Defenestration, New Town Hall, Prague




Jan Mikulka and Dušan Mravec - Paintings, Kampa, Prague




International Biennial of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague

Probing 1, Anderle Gallery, Prague




International Fair of Contemporary Art, Municipal House, Prague




Representation of Czech Art Colleges, Sovinec

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