Glass Designer, Artist
From Hradec Králové, Královéhradecký region ( Czechia)
Based in Prague, Czechia
Tadeáš Podracký creates artworks that speak for themselves. His work is centered around authenticity and individuality. Each piece is a result of the context it was created in. Read on to learn more about Tadeáš's unique, detailed, and thought-through perspective.
Photo credit: Tomáš Brabec
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to art?
T: I found my way to art naturally. I have been fascinated by handwork since I was a child and I've always preferred to express myself visually. I studied art in Czechia as well as abroad, where I did internships among other things, and studied contextual design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands.
A: What inspires you the most?
T: Apart from the various topics I concern myself with the biggest source of inspiration is daily continuous work in my studio. It helps ensure the constant development of my work. I can't go without daily contact with the material, experimenting with techniques, form, or content. I find work-related travels helpful because they provide a change of scenery, and lastly, reading theoretical and philosophical texts.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
T: Every part of the preparatory process, whether it's theoretical or practical research. Concerning my creative work, I like it when each day at the studio follows a certain routine.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
T: I believe the first step is to choose a good quality school and teacher; an environment focused on helping you find your greatest strengths and weaknesses. Be honest with yourself, dare to try new things as much as possible.
Photo credit: Tomáš Brabec
A: Your top 3 phrases related to art?
T: I prefer for my works to speak for themselves. And if I'm talking about art, then I try to avoid using phrases and describe it as best as I can.
A: Your favorite Czech artists?
T: Generally speaking, I like art that is authentic, direct, and free of biases.
A: What piece of art do you think embodies the Czech national spirit and culture? Why?
T: I don't think there is one like that as I don't like generalizing. It's better when everyone is different and unique, even if they consider themselves to be a part of a larger group.
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
T: Words are another tool of self-expression and that can often be misleading at the expense of the artwork.
A: Where can we meet you most often?
T: I work in my studio in Žižkov, Prague.