"Art Does not Capture what is Visible' with Lubomir Kratky

January 31, 2019

Lubomir Kratky lives and works in the Czech Republic. He first studied at the Painter's Folk School in the studio of the academic painter Kamil Sopko between 1980 to1984. He then continued learning his craft with the academic painter Jaroslav Pospisil in 1984-1986. Later on, he studied at the Academy of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris 1990-1991.

A portrait of the artist, Lubomir Kratky, in front of one of his own works


To view Lubomir's full collection click - The Online Art Gallery of Lubomir Kratky

Since 1986, he has been exhibiting independently and participating in collective exhibitions. Working across of variety of styles including Cubism and Abstract Art. He is also actively involved in the realistic and modern landscape concept. He uses mostly oil painting techniques.

"Autumn Landscape", Lubomir Kratky, Oil on Board, 35cm x 50cm, 2017


What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

I wanted to be a painter from childhood.

How would you describe your own personal style?

I use many styles, I do not stay with one. It would be stupid for me. I prefer Cubism and Impressionism. I use different techniques in painting. Oil painting and acrylic are the main ones.

What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

In the future, I will continue to use various styles and techniques of painting, just  as I have done so far. But I'll probably be experimenting.more.

"Trees at the Pond", Lubomir Kratky, Oil on Board, 35cm x 50cm, 2017


What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

Momentum and ideas. And the obsession to create something new.

Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?

Besides my teachers, I was mainly encouraged by the family.

When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

I prefer doing oil paintings and I tend to use brushes and paint spatula.

"A Fat Child", Lubomir Kratky, Oil on Board, 30cm x 40cm, 2017


When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

I do different skyscrapers, sometimes I have it in my head and I start painting straight.

Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is it more a case of when the moment is right you work?

First, I will study the idea and, on the basis of these studies, I will then perform the final work.

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

I work every day. I do not have a ritual. Somedays I feel I can not do it or I can not do anything better. Then I have days when I get up and I feel in the zone and it's going to continue and then I'm working until night.

When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?

I work on multiple images at a time.

"Urban Mood", Lubomir Kratky, Mixed Media, 45cm x 55cm, 2018 


How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

Every day I must work, because art develops with endurance. Practice. 

Which of your artworks are you most proud off?

I'm proud of all my works, if I do not like a painting I do not offer it for sale.

Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?

I admire Amedeo Modigliani, George Braque, Claude Monet.

If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

I would like to be at the origin of Cubism and Impressionism.

"Summer Morning", Lubomir Kratky, Oil on Canvas, 30cm x 24cm, 2018


What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?

I still think the most important thing is to overcome yourself.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

To survive, you need to stay true to yourself and follow your goal.

Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?

It is hard to say I have a distinctive style as I'm not a painter of just one direction. I've studied for a long time, I paint what I like and I'm close to. There I can use everything I've learned before and it continues to take me forward.


"Flowers and Pears", Lubomir Kratky, Acrylic, 25cm x 30cm, 2018 


We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?

Whenever I praise a work, it seems to me that it is not yet done. That's why I  wait for a few days before signing my work. Sometimes it takes longer than I figure for a painting to feel complete. Perfection keeps pushing me forward and I always believe that another work will be better than the previous one. Otherwise I might not have the motivation to paint.

Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?

I think both are valid. The artist must experience, see reality and show the audience how he sees it. Art does not capture what is visible but causes something to become visible.

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