Jiří David

Czech Painter, Photographer, and Pedagogue

Jiří David is an artist who studied at the Art Academy in Prague, where he also led a workshop of visual communication for several years. In 1987, he co-founded the art group Tvrdohlaví. He led the intermedia and conceptual workshop VŠUP Prague since 2004. Many of his paintings managed to stir discussion about the state of current Czech art. Among the most discussed are his monumental neon installations called Crown of Thorns above Rudolfinum and Red Heart above the Prague castle, which was ceremonially first lit by Václav Havel on November 17, 2002. In 2010, he placed the so-colled Key Statue in the Franz Kafka Square, symbolizing his personal polemic with the development in Czech Republic in the 20 years since the Velvet Revolution. Another one of his works to get international attention was his cycle of manipulated photographs, No Mercy.