“For me movement and motion are essentially about something changing, something becoming different. Change is a driving force behind our lives, we don’t exist in stillness. It’s that moment of action when things transform that I am striving to highlight. “
‘Movement’ is an appropriately fitting way to describe Konvalina’s work. His career as one of the world’s leading dancers gave him a comprehension and appreciation of the importance of subtlety and nuance that he has continued into his present artwork. His work is infused with social observations and personal experiences, capturing the viewer’s attention through graduated movement and shifting the crucial polarization of his colours. His use of spray paint as a dominant method of application lends an evanescent quality this series. The very physical and repetitive nature of the creative process, without doubt, finds its genesis from his preceding career. Konvalina’s three-dimensional surfaces and transmutative effects engage not only a visual movement but also challenge movement within the observer. His most recent series ‘Displays’ is a reflection on contemporary digital lifestyles, of ‘screen life’ and the populist social emersion of culture into the ‘screen’. Commenting on its influences and how we perceive the world around us. His purposeful use of ‘3D surfaces’ in the panels alter the ‘light journey’ as the observation point changes, counterposing the digital world and forcing observer into the physical rather than the digital'
Upcoming: 21.6.19 "Edition 1.0" AXS ART Berlin - Group Show, curated by Darya Aloufy
2019 - "Edition 1.0" AXS ART, Group Show, Curated by Darya Aloufy, Berlin
2019 - "Installations" Mt Art Agency + Meeri Moilanen, London
2019 - "Between Two Worlds" - Trebic, Czech Republic, Painted House Gallery
2018 - The Other Art Fair - London
2017 - Live Performance/Painting with Guelph Symphony, Guelph, Canada
2017 - The Other Art Fair - London, UK
2017 - “Drop” - Set design for the choreographic lab, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Germany
2016 - "New Paintings" group show, Hatch House, Somerset, UK
2015 - "It's Ok To Come In", Ealing, London, UK
2015 - "All possible realities Exist”, Ealing, London, UK
2010 - "Impermanence" - Maggio Musicale, Florence, Italy
2010 - "The Landscape" Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre, Toronto, Canada
2005 - Group show, Montreal, Canada
2003 - "New Paintings", Solo show, Houston, TX
Brno Conservatoire Czech Republic - Bachelor's degree: Performing Arts
Gold Medal at International Ballet Competition Helsinki, 2001.
The Rolex Award Toronto 2008
National Dance Award, UK London 2012
Multidisciplinary artist Zdenek Konvalina (b.1979 Czech) lives and works between London and Berlin. His paintings have been included in group exhibitions in London, Toronto, Montreal and Houston.
Before fully devoting himself to a painting practice, Konvalina accomplished a distinguished career as a ballet artist, performing and working around the world in America, Asia and Europe and winning numerous awards for his artistic achievements such as the Rolex Award Toronto 2008 and National Dance Award in UK in 2012.
As part of his portfolio Zdenek also has been commissioned to design sets for ballet projects “Impermanence” in Florence in 2010 and “Drops” at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin in 2017, as well as Live Performance/Painting with Guelph Symphony in Canada.