Born in 1987 in Prague, Monika Žáková graduated in 2012 from the Academy
of Fine Arts in Prague in the studio of J. Sopko. In 2011, she completed a
study stay at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden. In 2014, she won
the third prize at the prestigious Critics’ Award for Young Painting, awarded to
authors under the age of thirty. From the very beginning of his work, she has
placed an obvious emphasis on a precise approach to the researched topic
She works in a concentrated manner with an unprecedented emphasis on the
chiselling of the technical processing of her paintings. The author is fascinated
by a certain layering and connections of meaning, when addressing the
relationship 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 obvious
and the perceived in association with the alternation and changes of planes or
colour layers. In recent years, she has achieved eye-catching combinations
on the border of classical paintings and fine reliefs. Monika Žáková also
perceives the interconnectedness between the content and formal aspects of
her as essential. She has participated in a number of solo and group
exhibitions in several European countries or in Japan.

Awards and Stipends
2020 Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Český Krumlov, CZ
2019 – 2020 Grant for the creation of a work, Ministry of Culture
2017 – 2018 Grant for the creation of a work, Ministry of Culture
2015 Smalt Art (Symposium) 2015, Ostrava, CZ
2014 3rd Prize of Art Critique – 7th Year of the Award for Young Artist

Solo Exhibitions (selected)
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/ New Gravity, Industra Art, Brno, CZ/
Reappearance II, Prague House, Brussels, BE/ Reappearance, curated by Petr Vaňous, Vyšehrad Gallery, Prague
2017 Appearance, text by Vojtěch Märc, Drdova Gallery, Prague/ Shadow Games (with Antony Burnham), 17/18 Gallery, Ottawa,
2016 Indian Space, Berlínskej model, Prague/ White, Grey, White, curated by Jiří Machalický, NoD Gallery , Prague/ 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/ Senzitive Eyes, curated by Klára Peloušková, Art Gallery, Brno, CZ/ Bland Paper,
text by Karina Kottová, House of Art, Opava, CZ
2012 Monochromatika, curated by Vladimír Houdek, Jelení Gallery, Prague/ Strings on Your Fingers (with Vladimír Houdek),
curated by Michal Pěchouček, 35M2 Gallery, Prague

Group Exhibitions (selected)
2020 Salon Tchécoslovaque: Contemporary Czech and Slovak Painting, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, Gallery NTK, Prague/
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/ 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/ Neighbourhood Boogie -
Woogie 2016, Žižkov, Prague
2015 Exakta, curated by Jiří Machalický, NoD Gallery, Prague/ Geo Ego, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, Czech Centre, Berlin, DE/
Geo Ego, curated by Milan Mikuláštík, NTK Gallery, Prague/ 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/ Positionen, text by Bettine Zabel-Liebold, Next Gallery, Dresden, DE/ 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