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Printmaking /Drypoint and Mezzotint/ and Oil Painting - LSU Community Art College, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic;
Life Drawing and Oil Painting - Private Studies with Vaclav Kestranek, Kladno, Czech Republic;
Graphics Technology - ROP, Millbrae, California;
Oil Painting - Private Studies with Kirsten Reiner, San Francisco, California;
Techniques of Old Masters - Jody Mattison-German, Walnut Creek, California;
Secrets of Color - Jody Mattison-German, Walnut Creek, California;
Intaglio Printmaking /Etching and Aquatint/ - William Harsch, Walnut Creek, California;
Intaglio Printmaking /Etching and Aquatint/ - William Harsch, Walnut Creek, California;
Ceramic Tile - Ed Blackburn Walnut Creek, California;
Ceramic Handbuilding with Softt Slabs, Ellen Sachtschale, Walnut Creek, California;
Ceramic Sculpture, Chris Kanyusik, Walnut Creek, California;

"Winners of Bienalle of Fine Prints and Drawings", Louny, Czech Republic;
"LSU" City Museum, Usti nam Labem, Czech Republic;
"Kladenske Dvorky", Kladno, Czech Republic;
"Kladenske Dvorky", Kladno, Czech Republic;
"Civic Arts", City Hall, Walnut Creek, California

   
 

A long journey...

First, my mother burnt all her artwork when she noticed my interest in fine arts /probably to protect me from becoming a starving artist/; then a communist establishment /of my homeland at that time/ would only let me study technical fields /if I wanted to have any education at all/. So, I graduated from mechanical engineering, worked as a drafter designer in a chemical factory and defected for the USA at the first opportunity I got. It took years of low paid jobs just surviving in a new country before I managed to break into computer graphics. It was already a dream come true. After a few national awards and works published in magazines and books, I got the proof I needed /to know I was going to the right direction; being mostly self-educated in visual arts, I had lived in constant doubts about myself/. My graphic design jobs brought me a great satisfaction from the work itself and also a decent income so I could eventually venture into several new professional directions/. Fine arts was still a luxury, though. Between work and child+family I hardly found time to toy with any art media. /I wanted to make my own living rather than depend on anyone to support me/. Only some 25 years /and much hardship/ later, I can occasionally enjoy oil paintings, use etching press and play with ceramic clays. And I enjoy every minute of it...

       
         
     

Art is not a form of propaganda;
it is a form of truth.

John F. Kennedy, 1963

   
                       
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