Hynek Martinec

Artist Statement

Hynek Martinec was born on November 12, 1980 in the Czech Republic. At the age of 11 he won the first prize in the Náchod City regional drawing competition. Consequently, he started to study drawing more systematically. His teachers were the academic painters Mr. Rocman and Mr. Ducháč. He studied design at a secondary arts school in Uherské Hradiště for one year and at the Václav Hollar Arts School in Prague for three years. He passed the entrance examination to the Academy of Fine Art (AVU) in Prague one year before graduating from the secondary school, ahead of other students.

In 2005 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Prague, Studio of Traditional Painting (Prof. Zdeněk Beran). As a part of his study at the Academy he spent one semester in 2002 at Middlesex University in London, and one semester in 2004 at The Cooper Union (fine art) in New York. In 2003, he won the Studio Prize (Ateliérová cena AVU) awarded by the Academy of Fine Art in Prague. In 2004, he was chosen by the Academy´s professors in Prague as the Best Student of the Year. His works are a part of private collections in Vienna, Miami, Prague (National Gallery), London (British Museum - Department prints and drawings), New York. Currently, he works as a free-lance painter in London, Prague and Paris.


The Changing Faces Prize, awarded by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, 2008

BP Visitor Choice, awarded by National Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008

BP Young Artist Award, awarded by National Portrait Gallery, London, 2007

BP Visitor Choice, awarded by National Portrait Gallery, London, 2007

Studio Prize (Ateliérová cena AVU) awarded by the Academy of Fine Art in Prague, 2003

Drawing Competition, Náchod 1991

Hynek is a Contemporary Collective Artist



Group exhibition:
TRANSFER, WhiteBOX Gallery, Brno, CZ, 2009
TRANSFER, WhiteBOX Gallery, Munich, D, 2008
International Triennale of Contemporary Art 2008, National Gallery in Prague, 2008
RE-READING THE FUTURE. Project Mobility exhibited in - CZ, FIN, PRT, BG
ITCA - International Triennale of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, Prague, 2008
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, London, 2008
7th International Contemporary Art Fair, Prague, 2008
Novoměstská radnice Gallery, Prague, DEFENESTRACE 2008
BP Portrait Award 2007, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008.
BP Portrait Award 2007, Tyne & Wear Museums, Newcastle, 2007
Avu 18, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, National Gallery, Prague 2007
BP Portrait Award 2007, National Portrait Gallery, London 2007
Form, Olympia, Mark Jason Gallery, London, 2007
Collective Exhibition, Gallery S.V.U. Manes DIAMANT, Prague, 2007
ArtLondon, Chelsea, Mark Jason Gallery, London, 2006
Participation at BLACK Art Festival, Pardubice, 2006
Collective Exhibition, Gallery S.V.U. Manes DIAMANT, Prague, 2006
Prague's Studios, Novomestka Radnice Gallery, Prague, 2005
Exhibition of Pictures, National Gallery ( Prague Bienale), Prague 2005
Collective Exhibition, Gallery Foundation M + J Anderle, Prague, 2005
Collective Exhibition, Cooper Union Gallery, New York, 2004
Exhibition Ctvercova lec, ARTTODAY, Nova Sin Gallery, Prague, 2003
Collective Exhibition, Middlesex University Gallery, London, 2002
Exhibitions of Pictures, The Castle Gallery, Nachod, 2002
Collective Exhibition (workshop), Sypka gallery, 2001
Exhibition of art, National Gallery, Prague, 1999
Exhibition of art, National Gallery, Prague, 1998
Pictures and drawings in the Park Jiráskův Hronov, 1996

Solo exhibitions:
Project "After Holiday 1986", Czech Centre Gallery, Sofia, BG 2008-09
Project "Lost in Time", Cosa Gallery, London, 2008
Exhibition of Paintings and videoinstalation, Zuzana, Czech Centre Gallery, Paris 2007
Presentation and performance at Dub nad Moravou´s Church, Dub nad Moravou 2006
Windows Exhibition, Drawings - Codex I. and II. ,Gallery Dooka, Prague, 2006
Windows Exhibition, "Disapear", Gallery Dooka, Prague, 2005 - 2006
Exhibition and videoinstalation The hospital, Academy Of Fine ART Gallery, Prague, 2005
Exhibition and instalation in church, Machov, 2003
Exhibition of Pictures and Videoinstalation, Gallery Ungula, Prague, 2000
Exhibition of Pictures, Gallery TV Nova, Prague, 1999
Pictures and Drawings at Václav Hollar Art School, Prague, 1998