Josef Zlamal


Josef Zlamal is one of the most promising Czech artists of the generation of the 1980s.

His elaborate drawings have been exhibited in the company of contemporary and classic masters (e.g. Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Arnulf Rainer, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Slawomir Elsner or George Grosz) in leading museums for contemporary art - Power Station of Art Shanghai. Recently, Zlamal’s work has been included in the collection of Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and can be seen in the permanent show of the museum’s Old Masters Painting Collection (with Lucas Cranach or Hans Baldung Grien).

Some of Zlamal’s most significant works (especially monumental triptychs) are subsequently being acquired by premier private art collectors (i.e. COLLETT Prague | Munich).

Josef Zlamal’s practice is characterised by an immediately recognisable visual language that draws from diverse range of references and artistic influences including medieval art (Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach) and expressionism (Otto Dix, George Grosz, Alfred Kubin), silent cinema (Fritz Lang, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Sergei Eisenstein) and literature (Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Thomas Bernhard, Karel Capek).

Zlamal’s primary material is hand-made paper and ink, nevertheless, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass drawing on sculpture and objects, monumental digital prints, installation and moving image. Zlamal's drawings are generated through time-consuming layering (palimpsest) during the process of which the artist repeatedly immerses the drawings into a water bath and washes them out. Part of the composition disappears, but what is essential remains.

Josef Zlamal lives and works between London, Chur and Prague. 

Solo show

2018 - Josef Zlamal: East of Eden, Gallery Römerapotheke, Zurich

2017 -  DSC Gallery, Prague

2017 - Galerie Enrique Guerrero, Mexiko City

2016 - Drawing Sculpture, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig

2016 - Galarie Fraci, Domat/Ems

2016 - Galerie Mirog, Prague

2016 - Embassy of the Czech Republic, Beijing

2015 - Summa Contemporary, Galerie Enrique Guerrero, Madrid

2015 -  Volta 11, Galerie Enrique Guerrero, Basel

2014 - The Other Side, Krampf Gallery, Istanbul


Group show


2017 - Stipl & Zlamal, Skulptur und Zeichnung, Galaria Fravi, Domat/Ems

 2017 - Josef Zlamal & Richard Stipl, Gallery Micheko, Munich

2017 - Contradictions, Gallery Miro, Prague

2017 - Vier Räume - Fünf Künstler, Galaria Fravi, Domat/Ems 

2017 - 2017 - Richard Stipl & Josef Zlamal, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Volda 13, Basel

2017 - The Fine Art of Drawing: Best of Iceland, Germany, Czechia, Gallery Römerapotheke, Zurich 

2017 - Richard Stipl & Josef Zlamal, Galeria Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City

2017 - Richard Stipl & Josef Zlamal, DSC Gallery, Prague (08/2017) 2017 - This Is the Sea, Fanø Kunstmuseum, Fanø (Opening 02.06.) 2017 - HALLUCINATION, MM Concept, Berlin (Opening 31.03.) 2017 - Sakura II, Micheko Galerie, Munich (03/2017)

2017 - Drawing Now Paris 11, Galerie Römerapotheke, Paris (23.-26.03.)

2017 - IMMANENCE, Pictura Groningen, Groningen (Opening 18.03.)

2017 - On Landscape, Galerie Artdocks, Bremen (Opening 02.03.)

2017 - The Fine Art of Drawing: Best of Iceland, Germany, Czechia, Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich (Opening 09.03.) 2017 - Zona Maco, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City (08.-12.02)

2017 - Richard Stipl & Josef Zlamal, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City (Opening 07.02.) 


2016 - Pulse Miami, Galerie Römerapotheke, Miami

2016 - Art Miami, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Miami

2016 - Context Art Miami, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Miami

2016 - 1+1, Hans Alf Gallery, Copenhagen

2016 - Drawings – The Thoughts of Artists II, Galerie Miro, Prague

2016 - Art Toronto, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Toronto

2016 - Close to me, Galerie im Park, Bremen

2016 - Positions Berlin, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Berlin

2016 - Wopart, Galerie Römerapotheke, Lugano

2016 - Ornament masy #2, Nitrianska galéria, Nitra

2016 - Inauguración del nuevo Espacio, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City 

2015 - Glassplus à la Borges aneb Zrcadlo a maskác, DSC Gallery, Prague

2015 - Context Art Miami, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Miami

2015 - ART.FAIR, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Köln

2015 - Take Home a Nude, Sotheby's, New York

2015 - Cesko-polské hvezdy, Galerie Miroslava Kubíka, Litomyšl

2015 - Art from the Heart, Power Station of Art, Shanghai

2014 - Paper Obsessed + 2, Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague

2012 - Contemporary Istanbul, Krampf Gallery, Istanbul

2011 - The Other Side, Galerie výtvarného umení, Cheb 


Public collections


Private collections in Germany, Spain, USA, Mexico, China and Czech Republic. 

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