Aleš Svoboda

Member Since April 13, 2007


Born in Most, northern Bohemia, Feb. 10, 1956. After studies at a college of chemistry, he pursued his education at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, reading Art Teacher-training, and Czech Language and Literature. He graduated in 1980, earning a degree for a thesis on kinetic art Real Motion as a Medium of Art (under the tutorial guidance of Ass. Prof. Zdeněk Sýkora). During the 1980s and early 1990s he was engaged in various editorial jobs: between 1981 and 1984 as a language and art editor in the Art Department of the record company, Supraphon, from 1984-1990 as its head; and in 1994 he won in the competition for the post of chief editor at the National Gallery in Prague, where he stayed until 1994.
Throughout that period, he pursued his own endeavours as an artist (focusing on computer-generated and variable structures), simultaneously working on various applied graphics assignments (record sleeves, posters, books, catalogues, and occasional prints).
In 1994 he took up a part-time job as assistant-lecturer in the creative module of the Institute of Fundamental Studies, Charles University in Prague, from 1996 carrying on there on full-time basis. His scholarly concern turned towards the issues of modern and contemporary art, visual semiotics, visual studies, practical visual creation, and digital image creation. In 2000 the Institute of Fundamental Studies was transformed to the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, where he was appointed head of the creative module in 2001. Since the establishment of the Faculty, he has been a member of the Academic Senate, since 2003 till 2007 repeatedly elected to its chair.
He is a member of the Concretists Club. He lives and works in the town of Poděbrady, central Bohemia, and in Prague.

Solo Exhibitions:
2013 Aleš Svoboda, Galerie Goller, Selb, BRD
2013 Chrysé tomé, AMB Gallery, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
2011 Proměnlivé struktury, Geofyzikální ústav AV ČR, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 In Digital Mood, The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 Balance in Structures, Gallery Vyšehrad, Prague, Czech Republic
2006 L, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry AS CR, Prague, Czech Republic
2004 Last Minute, Galerie města Plzně (Pilsen Municipal Gallery), Czech Republic
2003 Appearances, Department of Art Education, Pedagogical Faculty and Faculty of Applied Art and Design, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
1988 Structure 193, Galerie mladých (Young Gallery), Brno, Czech Republic
1988 Structure 193, Gallery 55, Kladno, Czech Republic

Collective Exhibitions (selected):
2014 Konkrétní podzim, fResch gallery, Pardubice; Galerie U Přívozu SVK, Galerie Novákovy garáže, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
2014 6. Salon of Kladno, Castle gallery of the town of Kladno, Czech Republic
2014 Electron salon, LACDA, Los Angeles, USA
2013 45 years after… Concretist club and friends, Oblastní galerie vysočiny, Jihlava, Czech Republic
2012 Konkrétní podzim, Galerie U Přívozu SVK, Hradec Králové
2012 Geometrician´s Nightmare, The Topič Salon, Praha
2011 Konkrétisté v HK, Galerie U Přívozu SVK, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
2010 Parallels and Intersections, National Technical Library, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 4. Salon of Kladno, Castle gallery of the town of Kladno, Czech Republic
2008 Works on Computers, Institute of Geophysics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
2007 Art walk, Bohemé, Jouneau, U.S.A. (Alaska)
2007 Art walk, University of Alaska SE Waterfront Campus, Ketchikan, U.S.A. (Alaska)
2002 František Kupka Society, 4th members exhibition, Galerie Nový horizont, Rock Café, Prague
2001 Concretists Club, Prague Chapter, Palacký University in Olomouc
2001 Concretists Club, Dům umění v Opavě, bývalý kostel sv. Václava v Opavě, Opava
2000 IV. Praha-graphic 2000, The European Triennial Competition of Non-traditional and Avant-garde Graphic, Galerie Labyrint, Praha
2000 10th Gmundner Symposion, Internationale Grafik show, Gmunden, Austria
2000 Structured: Pupils of Kamil Linhart and Zdeněk Sýkora Marking Their Teachers´ Eightieth Birthdays, Telecom Gallery, Louny
1997 Between Tradition and Experiment: Works on Paper and with Paper in Czech Art, 1939-1989, Museum of Fine Art, Olomouc
1996 H7, Computer graphics, Galerie Hollar, Praha
1995 František Kupka Society, 3rd members exhibition, Galerie výtvarného umění, Benešov u Prahy
1990 Heads & Legs, Sala Previa (Soto Mesa), Madrid, Spain
1990 František Kupka Society, 1st members exhibition, Musaion - Strahov, Prague
1989/90 Wymiar zerowy 2, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland
1989 Construktivism: Man versus Environment, FARO Gallery, WTC Rotterdam, Netherlands
1989 Computer Art in ČSSR and in the World, Prague and Brno
1988 Nul-dimension 1, Hipp-Halle, Gmunden, Austria
1988 Nul-dimension, New Space gallery, Fulda, West Germany
1988 Geometry in Contemporary Art, SZK ROH Benar, Litvínov
1988 Rotazione, Galleria Sincron, Brescia, Italy
1988 4th International Triennial of Drawing, Wroclaw, Poland
1986 Systems and Concepts, J. galerie, Budapest, Hungary

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Dějiny českého výtvarného umění [VI/2] 1958/2000. Praha: Academia 2007, p. 594-595, ISBN 978-80-200-1488-8
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Slovník českých a slovenských výtvarných umělců 1950-2005 (XV., St - Šam). Ostrava: Výtvarné centrum Chagall 2005, p. 247-248, ISBN: 80-86171-24-8
Valoch, Jiří: Aleš Svoboda - Last Minute. Ateliér, vol. 18, 2005, No 1, p. …, ISSN 1210-5236
Sedláček, Zbyněk: Zjevování. Ateliér, vol. 16, 2003, No 13, p. …, ISSN 1210-5236
Horáček, Radek: O strukturách vizuálního myšlení. Ateliér, vol. 16, 2003, No 12, p. …, ISSN 1210-5236
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Řehka, M.: Výtvarní umělci v Československu. Galerie Nahoře, Galerie Dole, Prachatice 1996
Valoch, Jiří: Přerušená tradice. In: catalogue Richard Paul Lohse, ……….. 1992
(jad): Konstruktivisté potřetí. Ateliér, vol. 2, 1989, No 21, p. 5, ISSN 1210-5236
(lh): Počítačová grafika v Paláci. Ateliér, vol. 2, 1989, No 7, p. 3, ISSN 1210-5236
Klivar, Miroslav: Experiment v grafice, Ateliér, vol. 2, 1989, No 3, p. 3, ISSN 1210-5236
(op): Jazyk geometrie v současném umění, Ateliér, vol. 1, 1988, No 11, p. 4, ISSN 1210-5236