An Audience with Pope Innocent X, detail
Marek Cihal is a young Czech painter who is part of the dynamic young generation in Czech Republic. Marek’s style is distinctive and expressive. He combines painting and drawing as well as the variation of the capacity of traditional themes.
His paintings although the childish style remains complex. Never tired, he happens to paint several gigantic paintings at the same time. According to his intuition, his paintings are composed of many subjects. The flamboyant colors mingle with current topics, combining religion as ecological concern. He explores in his art the decadence of society with animals. He reflects the things that are around us. Marek Cihal’s works become an extraordinary vector. He uses painting to stage a sort of forgotten world. The painter seeks spontaneity in his technique combining shapes and colors and working with simple subjects, in a childlike way. He uses his knowledge to rhythm his paintings, so that they become an art form that expresses a great depth and intensity. His paintings are synonymous with an integration of design and painting into harmonious units. He lets out his emotions that come alive in the exhibition space. He portrays society through visual fables embodied in still lifes, animals, or portraits.
At the age of thirty, he began to gain fame and esteem for his ability to combine different techniques like painting and neon tubes. He tries to look ahead. His work can be seen as a visual game of free movement between painting and drawing, with an overlapping installation and architecture. He tries to find harmony between the abstract and the image. The painted spaces mingle with the current questions allowing the spectator to project. His work is always related to permanent changes: the eternal and the ephemeral, the living and the mortal, beauty and ugliness. He takes place in a space-time. With his paintings Marek warns us: everyday riddles sometimes end unexpectedly. He throws colors, patterns are knitted, superimposed, reduced in small details, inflated into obtuse shapes, merging into one.
He tries to find what he calls « the innocence of the eye », to represent nature with the freshness and vitality of a child. Subsequently, many artists have attempted to confuse academic conventions by engaging in experimental regressions to an imaginary state of visual grace from childhood. He creates subtly political works. He understands with often infinite dry humor insertions, which cut to the forefront of human nature and everyday situations. His skeptical project continues to delight, making us wonder where the endless flow of proposals, dilemmas and situations come to fuel his imagination. Acerbic, strangely deep and at the same time universal; his work does not require explanation. The viewer is bombarded with messages, in a pleasantly exciting way. Rather than being confused, the works create a warm buzz of humorous ambiguity.
The result is an energetic exhibition, full of enthusiasm, where the painting spreads on all the walls with a vitality that contaminates and falls in love with other mediums provided that the figure is central and it agitates.
Writing by Severine Grosjean ( The Nomad Creative Projects), photos courtesy the artist