Igor Hosnedl


Igor Hosnedl (born 1988, CZ) studied from 2007 - 2013 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in and outisde of the Czech Republic, for example at Horizont Gallery, Budapest, Galerie Jelení, Prague, Cafe under the lindens, Prague, Studio of Ladislav Šaloun, Prague and Kunstraum PS120, Berlin. He also exhibited at Downs & Ross, New York with the solo exhibition „The Opening of the Wells“ and at the EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin, with the solo exhibitions „Hundred liters of diet ink“, 2019 and "Ká Quills’ Room", 2021 as well as at Hunt Kastner in Prague.

The works evoke striking images with an amazing color palette. Floral patterns, female figures with flowing hair and shiny surfaces and vases containing flowers sitting atop pastel colored side tables merge into a clinical total work of art in the space. However, closer inspection of the perfect surfaces reveal cuts and abrasions. Igor Hosnedl deals in the surreal, though his artworks are more emotionally ambiguous, veering from sensual and serene, to quietly sinister through variations of colour and line. Each invented landscape feels vaguely familiar and yet alien at the same time.

The many layers of Hosnedl’s opaque style of painting are sometimes reminiscent of the still lifes of the Old Masters, who worked without artificial light. Then again, the often faceless figures, seemingly existing in a vacuum, often give rise to associations with the Pittura Metafisica of a Giorgio de Chirico, and some of the enigmatically isolated objects recall the Surrealist Kay Sage. Painting is always an extremely personal matter, and not just for artists. Depending on his or her emotional state, every viewer can find something very individual for himself or herself. If one gives Hosnedl’s peculiar painting a longer look, all the emotions between consternation and delight are possible! One thing is certain: these pictures won’t leave viewers unmoved.