Hulk-like muscle men are the main feature in Czech artist Vojtěch Kovařík's work. With his original work comprising of huge canvases, Vojtěch's larger-than-life figures are depicted locked in combat and seem to strain against the edges of the composition while they tussle against each other. Their veined flesh and bulging bodies, painted in shades of emotive colours stand out against the flat colours or patterns of the background. Vojtěch uses a technique of spray paint and acrylic to achieve the mottled skin tones and textures that characterise his work. For him, the body and great slabs of flesh and muscle offer infinite artistic interest, whereas the face, limbs and all other features of his figures are rendered in a brusque stylised shorthand. The contrast between these styles creates a brutal naivety, and an unlikely charm and sense of playfulness. The tone of his work sways ambiguously between violence and silliness. These giant men, flagrantly flaunting their masculinity, are in fact caricatures, ridiculous, objects of curiosity. Figures from Greek mythology and imagined and real animals also appear in Vojtěch's paintings as well as pop culture references.
Recent exhibitions: L21 Gallery (Mallorca), Galerie Derouillon (Paris), The Cabine (Los Angeles)