From České Budějovice, South Bohemia region, Czechia
Based in České Budějovice, South Bohemia region, Czechia
Michal Trpák primarily creates figural sculptures, paintings, and interventions which often work with current social and political topics, or they somehow correspond to the space they are installed in.
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to art?
M: I've enjoyed being creative since I was a child and I still do, so I guess it's a natural need. I also studied art schools, from a secondary school of stone sculpture to the Academy of Art, Design and Architecture in Prague.
A: What inspires you the most?
M: Life, people, nature, ...
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
M: Sleeping and eating well to have enough energy, hiking in the mountains or sailing the sea where my thoughts tend to sort themselves. Meeting new people and observing the world also helps keep the ideas coming.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
M: To begin with anything - painting, shaping matter, ... and to not be afraid of trying new things and exploring.
A: Your top 3 words or phrases related to art?
M: Like, dislike, enjoy, don't enjoy.
A: Your favorite Czech artists?
M: I assisted Olbram Zoubek, studied under Jiří Beránek and Boris Jirků, and I was invited to contribute to the "Art in the City" exhibition which involves hundreds of artists, all of them impressed me with their diversity and passion for creating and discussing the questions of life, universe, and so on.
A: What piece of art do you think embodies the Czech national spirit and culture?Why?
M: Statue of Saint Wenceslas at Wenceslas Square.
A: The perfect way to start any conversation about art is: ..?
M: The best way for an artist to speak is through his work.
A: Where can we meet you?
M: I work in České Budějovice, I like to think in nature in the mountains or by the sea where I also plan new projects.
A: Please, share your favorite motto or idea (not necessarily related to art):
M: „He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.“ – Francis of Assisi