Radek Šmach is an experienced Czech artist who has exhibited his work nationally. Mainly working within abstract expressionist and minimalist styles, he explores ideas about states of mind and the present moment in his sharp, striking paintings. His use of color represents impermanence; tones mix together, and everything is constantly changing. We sat down with Radek Šmach to talk about his current projects, inspiration, and the start of his artistic career.
When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
I’ve been drawn to the arts since I was a little boy. But I was more interested in music than painting. After graduating from university, I started working as a sound engineer in radio. After that, I turned to graphic design. I started painting 10 years ago because I was attracted by the absolute freedom of creation and the fact that it was not built on a commercial basis.
Can you talk about your artistic influences and other artists you are most inspired by?
Mark Rothko and Gerhard Richter appeal to me the most. For me, they are artists who break with convention and go their own way. I like the state of mind that awakens when I look at their paintings. I am fascinated by the depth and sensuality that is not visible at first sight. Among Czech artists, František Kupka, who was a pioneer of abstract art, is essential to me.
Do you prefer to work alone or collaborate with others?
That’s an easy question. To paint, I need to be alone and immerse myself in the process of creation. Painting completely absorbs me, and I don’t notice time and space.
Can you tell us about a project that you are currently working on?
Before starting a new series, I will build and move into my new studio. I’m really looking forward to it, I designed it myself in the garden by the creek. It will be half glass, so I will be in better contact with the surrounding nature. I can also start painting larger canvases.
What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I can’t imagine doing anything else. What is important to me is the independence and joy of painting, and no other job can give me that to such an extent.
Have you found any other artists on SINGULART whose work you admire?
There are a lot of talented artists on SINGULART, I admit I don’t have much time to follow them. For example, I was intrigued by the distinctive black and white work of Mi Kyung Lee, or the minimalist works of Roanne O’Donnell.
What advice would you give to young artists who are just starting out?
My advice is simple, be yourself and do not limit yourself to any one thing. Paint what you enjoy and try new techniques and procedures. If you enjoy painting, this is proof that you are going the right way. Use social media like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.