* 1962, KLADNO, czech republic



IIn Jiří Petrbok's painting, there is a visually very strong phenomenon, which is the direct interweaving of imagination and subject forms. It is the imagery that models the final form of the figures. Human figures are, above all, a strange displaced element for the author, who - thrown out the window - returns through the door. Phantoms arising from the gray zone of the subconscious, something rather than someone. Automata, as bearers of frightening properties that resemble someone, refer to something, usually to some objective physical difficulties - movement, breathing, vision, etc. The body melts, burns, is etched, flows and drains away. It's disappearing. The claustrophobic act set in this way is lightened by Petrbok with refined situational humor based on the motor incompetence of executives or the embarrassment of sudden encounters of "something with something".

Petrbok's proven procedures include self-installation in the context of the work. Most notably, for example, in the painting A Walk on the Waterfront (2003). The nuclear family walks with the pram along the embankment, in the background the Hradčany motif with Prague Castle, while one of the members of the closest community necessary for the survival of the human race (father) burns with a deadly flame. Jinotaj, which can be interpreted in different ways, and from which it freezes. Manic restlessness breeds monsters and the "ego is burning". It is a figuration in the manner of psychic situationism captured in a painter's short story. The painting suddenly functions as a very suggestive probe beneath the surface of a pragmatically and materially set society saturating the ego of its idols and thus undermining its seemingly stable foundations. After all, it doesn't matter if the helper is an artist, a collector, a manager or a politician. In the end, it is always the patient listed alphabetically in the medical card registers: from A to Z.

Text author: Petr Vaňous


  • 1984 - 1991 - Academy of Fine Arts Prague


  • 2018 Jiří Petrbok, Burning Heart, National Gallery Prague
  • 2003 Enyky - benyky, Na bidýlku gallery, Brno, C.R.
  • 2002 Children of Vera, Na bidýlku gallery, Brno, C.R.
  • 2001 Innocenti urban wear, Universal NOD, Prague (togeth. With V.
  • 2001Living stories from the Jewish Cemetery, Rakvere Museum + Tallinn, National Library, Estonia
  • 2000 Collages, Memory gallery, Praha, Czech R.
  • 1999 Document, Na bidýlku gallery, Brno, Czech Rep.
  • 1998 Images, JNJ Gallery, Prague, Czech Rep.
  • 1997 Inside, Na bidýlku gallery, Brno, Czech Rep.
  • 1995 Images, Gallery of Jaroslav Král, House of the Art, Brno, Czech rep.
  • 1993 Votobia Publishing House, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 1992 Memories of a Body, Na bidýlku gallery, Brno, Czech Republic


  • 2020 Art Salon Karlin, Prague
  • 2003 Aqua Art, Adria Palace, Prague
  • 2002 Object building, Moravian Gallery, Brno
  • 2001 Object building, Czech Museum of Art. art, Prague
  • 2000 Contemporary Past, Aleš Gallery, Hluboká nad Vltavou
  • 1999 Green, AVU Gallery, Prague
  • 1998 Close Echoes, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
  • 1998 Hommage and Franz Kafka ”, Kulturhaus, Augsburg, Germany
  • 1997 10 x woman “, gallery Na bidýlku, Brno
  • 1996 Plasticine painting “, JNJ Galerie, Prague
  • 1996 The bronze bough ”, Statens historiska museum, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1995 True Paintings “, symposium in plasticine painting, Sýpka Gallery, Vlkov
  • 1993 Landscape in Contemporary Art ”, Dům u Kamenného zvonu, Prague
  • 1992 International Festival of Painting ", Cagnese-sur Mer, France
  • 1991 New Names ”, Václav Špála Gallery, Prague
  • 1990 Exhibition of works by pupils of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague ", Kunstmesse, Munich, Germany
  • 1989 Exhibition of works by pupils of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague ", Lyon, France
  • 1988 Exhibition of works by pupils of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague ", Vienna, Austria
  • 1987 Confrontation I “, Svárov near Prague


  • Private collections in the Czech Republic and abroad