The methodical compositions of Monika Žáková deconstruct the conventional ways of visual and perceptional information. Her elegant painting is motivated by an interest in the surface, depth and unstable character of spatial experience which she is continuously exploring. Blurring the division line between flatness and 3D, her canvases, built by spatial logic, bring a smooth and diverse alternative.

Žáková creates miscellaneous configurations by assembling and superimposing various elements based on an additive approach, confronting herself with its limitations. She employs a projection of logic, approaching it from the position of internal relations and perception of systematic character as well as that of a transcendental experience of harmony and equality.

Žáková‘s sophisticated analytical work is characterized by manic precision and motivated by a curiosity embracing visibility, illusion and craftsmanship. She puts an emphasis on the importance of the interconnection between the contentual and formal aspect of the work. She keeps revisiting the question of the surface. She deals with the properties of the used material (texture, rawness of paper) which keeps pushing its way to the surface through an imprint of a masking tape or a scratch of a knife blade, stimulating a sensory and emotional experience of the painting. The paintings also have a very demanding chromatic character.

Since the artist’s work can soften the distinction between 2D and 3D states of being, it could also imply the possibility of effacing a similar distinction between 3D and beyond. These paintings epitomize what we describe as a place where representation and abstraction can be identical for a certain moment.

Monika Žáková

Born 1987 in Prague. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic



2006 – 2012 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Studio of Painting I.

2011 Internship in studio Ralf Kerbach, HFBK Dresden

2009 Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Studio of guest professor Jan Merta


Awards and Stipends

 Smalt Art (symposium), Ostrava, CZ

 3rd Prize of Art Critique – 7th Year of the Award for Young Artist under 30


Solo Exhibitions (selected)


ProArte, Prague

New Gravity, Indistra Art, Brno, CZ

Reappearance II, Prague House in Brussels, BE

Reappearance, Vysehrad Gallery, Prague


Appearance, Lucie Drdova Gallery, Prague

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


White, Grey, White, NOD gallery, Prague

Monika Žáková, Josef Lieser gallery, Kadaň, CZ


Double Solution, Drdova Gallery, Prague

Czech Painting, (together with David Krňanský, Julius Reichel), Fontana gallery, Piešťany, SK


Pastel, Scissors, Paper, curated by Jiří Ptáček, Cabinet Gallery, Brno, CZ


Nika gallery – small gallery AAAD, Prague

Blurred Emptiness, Loft Gallery, Jihlava, CZ

Senzitive Eyes, Art Gallery, Brno, CZ

Empty Paper, House of Art, Opava, CZ


Monochromatika, Jelení Gallery, Prague


Strings on Your Fingers, (together with Vladimír Houdek), 35m2 gallery, Prague

Situation 12, (together with Vladimír Houdek), Pavilon gallery, Prague


Group Exhibitions (selected)


The Independent Research of Subjectivity, curated by Pavlína Morganová, 4+4 Days in Motion, 21st International Festival of Contemporary Art Prague


Exacta, Gallery NOD, Prague

Geo Ego, Czech Centre, Berlin, DE

Geo Ego, Gallery NTK, Prague

Metaplay Prague – Tokyo, Toki Art Space, Tokyo, JAP

Metaplay Prague – Tokyo, Czech Centre Tokyo, Tokyo, JAP


Cologne Paper Art, Sponsorship booth, Cologne, DE 

Prototype Studio, Prague

Metaplay Prague – Tokyo, Critics gallery, Prague

Positionen, Next Gallery, Dresden, DE

7th Critics Award for Young Painters, Critics gallery, Prague

Workplace, AMU gallery, Prague


Flächenspannung, Next Gallery, Dresden, DE

Heaven & Hell, Microna, Prague


Diploma exhibition, Veletržní Palace, National Gallery, Prague

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


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