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Jan Kalab

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Light Violet Amoeba
Pink Meduza
Turkis Day

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, 1978

Education: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague

Jan Kaláb, a Graffiti pioneer in his native Czech Republic made his name on the European art scene originally under the name Cakes in the late 90s. After establishing himself in Europe he ventured to New York, where he collaborated on numerous projects with the kings of the Graffiti scene at the time - Key & Rome. Around the same time, Jan found a new way to push his own limits and challenge himself by making 3D Graffiti. Under the name of Point, he sculpted huge abstract letters he chose to put in the streets and on the walls. The higher the better. This was a new form of Graffiti, in daylight and without a spray, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the Urban scene. Those sculptures lead him to abstraction, a path he’s been exploring through canvas from 2007, using acrylic painting and brushes. In the meantime, this admirer of Kupka graduated from the Academy of fine Arts of Prague. Jan Kaláb had his first solo exhibition in 2008 in Prague. Other solos took place in Romania, Argentina, Germany and in the United States. With time, his forms became more and more geometric.

Jan Kalab has been using colorful squares and circles as an obsessive vocabulary for infinite variations around depth, time, and motion. Playing with circles conveyed organic imperfection and swing into his work. Dynamic is also crucial in his recent experiments, when he took pictures of some of his paintings in the streets of New York or other cities. The project became a social one when he realized he needed help from strangers to carry the canvas. This is no surprise, since collective energy is crucial in his creative process. The artist is very interested in collective events. He’s the co-creator of a highly dynamic cultural space in Prague, called Trafačka. More than 160 exhibitions took place there from the opening in 2006 till the closure in 2015. On his own or collectively, the motto is the same: always getting higher, always inventing new forms – a tribute to the soul of graffiti.

2019
Atomic Bubble, MAGMA gallery, Bologna, IT
Blue Rider gallery, Hong Kong
Bent Horizons, Plastic Murs gallery, Valencia, ES
Concentration, Blue Rider ART gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Shape & Tone, Castanier Gallery, Miami, USA

2018
Point of Space, Trafo gallery, Praag, CZ
The Soul of Graffiti, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, USA
Perspective of Clouds, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2017
ZoooM, Magma Gallery, Bologna, IT

2016
Pluriforme, Open Space Gallery, Parijs, FR
ulso Cromático, Castanier Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia

2015
TENSION, BC Gallery, Berlijn, DE
ODYSSEY, Lollipop Gallery, Londen, UK EXTRA, Villa Pellé, Prague, CZ
Getting Up, Partisan Creative Corner, Soest, DE

2014
ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, Pragua, CZ
ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, New York, USA
AROUND THE POINT, HIC Gallery, Buenos Aires, AR

2013
SALUT, H’art Gallery, Boekarest, RO
FROM POINT TO CIRCLE AND BACK, Oko Gallery, Opava, CZ
POINT / ALTERNATE PLAN(E)S, the Chemistry Gallery, Prague, CZ

2012
GOOD CHOICE, Sofia, BG

2011
KALÁB 33 / PLANETS CROSSING, Trafačka, Prague, CZ

2008
POINT SHOP, Trafo Gallery, Prague, CZ

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