Jindřich Štyrský


Jindřich Štyrský (Czech, 1899-1942) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague from 1920 to 1923, displaying talents in painting, collage, visual poetry, typography, photography and also as a journalist and editor. From 1926 to 1928 he lived in Paris and exhibited works created in the so-called “Artificialism” style he pioneered, a fusion of painting and poetry. After returning to Prague he worked as a set designer and decorator for the theater and published erotic magazines. An interest in Surrealism inspired the extensive photographic picture cycles he created after 1933.