Jiri Anderle

Czech, born 1937  Biography

A painter and graphic artist, Jiri Anderle was born in 1936 in Pavlikov, Czech Republic. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, and went on to work as an actor and technician with the Black Theatre of Jiri Srnec from 1961-1968. 

Anderle has held virtually hundreds of one-man and group exhibitions, and has won numerous prizes at international biennials, such as the Ljubljana Grand Prix in 1981. His works were also exhibited in the Central Exposition of the Biennial di Venezia in 1982 and 1984.  

From 1969-1973, Anderle taught at the studios of Professor J. Trnka and Z. Sklenáø at the Academy of Applied Art in Prague, and in 1986 at the Summer Academy in Salzberg.

In 2006, Jiri Anderle received a gold medal from the Czech Republic for his contributions to Czechoslovakian culture. Solidly trained in the tradition of the Old Masters, he looks to the past and the present as a source of wisdom in asserting, without cultural distinction, the continuity of human life. 

His explorations of fundamental issues facing mankind determine the content and graphic character of his artworks that use the human body to visualize the soul.  Focusing on issues facing humankind, he transcended his everyday political reality to explore human experience and survival—past, present, and future. 

Grand Prix, International Biennial of Prints, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1981
State Medal of Merit, Czech Republic, 2006

Guests of the Hollar Association, Prague, Czech Republic, 1962
Liberec Regional Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 1966
Gallery on Charles Square, Prague, Czech Republic, 1966
Current Trends in Czech Art, AICA Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, 1966
Galerie im Centre, Gottingen, Germany, 1967
Recent Graphics from Prague, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1968
500th anniversary of Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Durer Society, Nuremberg, Germany, 1969
Exhibition of Prints, Vaclav Spala Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 1970
Exhibition of Prints, Konsthallen, Uppsala, Sweden, 1971
Central Exposition of the Biennial di Venezia, Italy, 1982, 1984
Dessins Tcheques du 20e. siecle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 1983
Retrospective of prints and drawings, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 1995
Retrospective of paintings, Imperial Stables of Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic, 1996
Illusion and Reality: Prints by Jiri Andrele, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, September 27, 2008-January 3, 2009

Gouache, graphite and ink on paper
11 x 21 ½ inches
17 ½ x 28 ¼ inches framed
Signed and dated lower center: Jiri Anderle 64
Executed circa 1964

Private collection, Texas