From Prague, Czechia
Based in Prague, Czechia
Klaudie Hlavatá is a young talent forged in the studios of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her canvases are studies of intimacy, inner experiences, and humanity. She combines painting with collage in her works, creating multi-layered works of art where individual parts represent different motives - emotions, events, characters - that together make a whole
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to art?
K: I started with art as a child, at 12, when I began taking graphic design classes from the academic painter RadimVejvoda. His kind approach convinced me that creating art is right and makes sense for me. Then I got into the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Žižkov, Prague, and immediately followed up with studies at the Academy under Vladimír Skrepl.
A: What inspires you the most?
K: The greatest source of inspiration for me are various life events, memories, and dreams, whether mine or others'. Another important source is literature.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
K: My favorite is the commute to my studio, which I spend thinking about a specific work. Then I like to make myself a cup of coffee and listen to music or audiobooks while working.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
K: I'd definitely recommend following the contemporary art scene and keeping up with what's happening in art. Getting inspired by art while looking for ways to create more art. Another important thing is not giving up and continuing to work despite the failures which are a natural part of art-making.
A: Your top 3 words or phrases related to art?
K: Internal, complex, contemporary.
A: Your favorite Czech artists?
K: I have several favorite Czech artists, but perhaps one of my absolute favorites is Eva Koťátková and her collage installations. I enjoy her work very much. Another artist I like is Alma Lily Rayner and her performances, which often open up very deep and heavy topics which I think are important to talk about and bring awareness to. And finally, I'm intrigued by Lenka Vítková's text paintings.
A: Is there a piece of art that embodies the Czech national spirit and culture? Why?
K: I can't say I would define a whole nation's mentality by a single artwork. I don't think I can simplify it like that.
A: The perfect phrase to start a conversation about art? How to connect with others through art?
K: Usually I ask what they're currently working on or if they're preparing an exhibition, or if they've seen any interesting exhibitions lately.
A: Where can we meet you?
K: I spend most of my time in my studio in Nusle where I work. But I also like to sit in cafés around Prague and think or read, it's my kind of me time.
A: Is there any quote or idea that has guided you in your work and/or life?
K: When I'm at my worst, I always remind myself to hang in there and not give up.