Born in 1987 in Prague, Monika Žáková graduated in 2012 from the Academyof Fine Arts in Prague in the studio of J. Sopko. In 2011, she completed astudy stay at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. In 2014, she wonthe third prize at the prestigious Critics’ Award for Young Painting, awarded toauthors under the age of thirty. From the very beginning of his work, she hasplaced an obvious emphasis on a precise approach to the researched topicShe works in a concentrated manner with an unprecedented emphasis on thechiselling of the technical processing of her paintings. The author is fascinatedby a certain layering and connections of meaning, when addressing therelationship between materials, especially in the form of canvas and paper.However, she also works with aluminium, sheet metal or plaster. In addition,she patiently develops and examines the relationship between the obviousand the perceived in association with the alternation and changes of planes orcolour layers. In recent years, she has achieved eye-catching combinationson the border of classical paintings and fine reliefs. Monika Žáková alsoperceives the interconnectedness between the content and formal aspects ofher as essential. She has participated in a number of solo and groupexhibitions in several European countries or in Japan.


Awards and Stipends

2021 Telegraph Studio, Olomouc, CZ

2020 Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov, CZ

2019 – 2020 Grant for the creation of a work, Ministry of Culture, CZ

2017 – 2018 Grant for the creation of a work, Ministry of Culture, CZ

2015 Smalt Art (Symposium) 2015, Ostrava, CZ

2014 3rd Prize of Art Critique – 7th Year of the Award for Young Artist

 Solo Exhibitions (selected)

2021 Tactile Mind, curated by Adam Hnojil, BOLD Gallery, Prague

2020 Echoes of Fragility, curated by Petra Mazáčová, Gallery of Modern Art Roudnice nad Labem, CZ

2019 New Gravity II, curated by Tereza Jindrová, Pragovka, Prague

2018 Kubín-Žáková-Coubine, curated by Adam Hnojil, Pro arte Gallery, Prague

2018 New Gravity, Industra Art, Brno, CZ

2018 Reappearance II, Prague House, Brussels, BE

2018 Reappearance, curated by Petr Vaňous, Vyšehrad Gallery, Prague

2017 Appearance, text by Vojtěch Märc, Drdova Gallery, Prague

2017 Shadow Games (with Antony Burnham), 17/18 Gallery, Ottawa, CA

2016 Indian Space, Berlínskej model, Prague

2016 White, Grey, White, curated by Jiří Machalický, NoD Gallery, Prague

2016 Renew 60′s, Mimochodem Gallery, Prague

2015 Double Solution, Drdova Gallery, Prague

2014 Pastel, Scissors, Paper, curated by Marika Kupková, text by Jiří Ptáček, Kabinet Gallery, Brno, CZ

2013 Blurred Emptiness, Loft Gallery, Jihlava, CZ

2013 Senzitive Eyes, curated by Klára Peloušková, Art Gallery, Brno, CZ

2013 Bland Paper, text by Karina Kottová, House of Art, Opava, CZ

2012 Monochromatika, curated by Vladimír Houdek, Jelení Gallery, Praha

2012 Strings on Your Fingers (with Vladimír Houdek), curated by Michal Pěchouček, 35M2 Gallery, Praha

 Group Exhibitions (selected)

2021 The Meek One, curated by Šárka Basjuk Koudelová, Karlin Studios, Prague

2020 Salon Tchécoslovaque: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Painting, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, Gallery NTK, Prague

2020 Awkward Handshake Quarantine Edition, curated by Filip Dvořák and Martin Kolarov, text by Michal Novotný (on-line project)

2017 Ich bin nicht meine Zielgruppe, curatored by Tulga Beyerle and Nils Hilkenbach, Kunsthaus Dresden, DE

2017 Ripple Effect, curated by Karina Kotová a Fatoş Üstek, Contemporary art Futura , Prague

2016 Independent Research of Subjectivity, curated by Pavlína Morganová, Municipal Buildings, Prague

2016 Neighbourhood Boogie – Woogie 2016, Žižkov, Prague

2015 Exakta, curated by Jiří Machalický, NoD Gallery, Prague

2015 Geo Ego, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, Czech Centre, Berlin, DE

2015 Geo Ego, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, NTK Gallery, Prague

2015 Metaplay Prague – Tokyo (Czech Part), curated by Masaki Nakayama and Vlasta Čiháková Noshiro, Toki Art Space, Tokio, J

2014 Metaplay Prague – Tokyo (Czech Part), curated by Masaki Nakayama and Vlasta Čiháková Noshiro, Gallery of Art Critics, Prague

2014 Positionen, text by Bettine Zabel-Liebold, Next Gallery, Dresden, DE

2014 7th Critics Award for Young Painters, Gallery of Art Critics, Prague

2013 Flächenspannung, Next Gallery, Dresden, DE

2012 6th Zlín Youth Salon 2012, Zlín House of Arts and Zlín Chateau, Zlín, CZ