Filip Raclavský

Filip Raclavský
born 1976 in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
lives and works in Velký Týnec, Czech Republic

solo exhibitions
2020 Unstable Alliance (?), Janáček Gallery, Přibyslav
2017 Energy, GalerieZET, Velká Bystřice
2016 Painting No. 344, Zámecká galerie PRO JEDEN OBRAZ, Velký Týnec
2007 Return of the Energy, Galerie PATRO, Olomouc

group exhibitions
2024 Pre-auction exhibition, ETCETRA ART, Praha
2022 Ateliers/22, Olomouc City Gallery
2020 10. Anniversary, GalerieZET, Velká Bystřice
2020 30. Anniversary since UVUO foundation, Olomouc City Gallery
2020 New Members UVUO, Olomouc City Gallery
2019 Road to Freedom, PAVELČÁKOVA, Olomouc
2019 Moravian Theatre and Philharmonic, 8 UVUO members selection, Olomouc
2019 White Red Blue, Gallery BAVIERA, Centro Cultural de la República Checa, Málaga, Spain
2018 Ateliers 2018, Olomouc City Gallery
2008 Gallery selection, Galerie SKÁCELÍK, Olomouc

paintings in collections
Robert Runták collection
Municipality Velký Týnec collection
Filip Raclavský is collected by various private collectors in Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Hungary and USA

cv
Hejčín High School, Olomouc (1990-1994)
Palacky University - Faculty of Education (2001-2006)
UN mission in Kosovo (1999-2000)
EU mission in Afghanistan (2007-2009, 2010-2012)
Union of Olomouc Fine Artists, member
war veteran

publications
Filip Raclavský is offering energy; Galerie PATRO exhibition review, olomouc.cz, 2007
Energie – exhibition catalogue; published city Velká Bystřice, 2017
30 years UOVO 1990-2020; published Unie výtvarných umělců Olomoucka, 2019
New members – exhibition catalogue; published Unie výtvarných umělců Olomoucka, 2020
10 years galeriezet; published city Velká Bystřice, 2020
POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART AUCTION; ETCETRA ART, Praha, 2024


Filip Raclavský spent more than 25 years in the law enforcement agencies. He completed a one-year UN mission in Kosovo, worked for almost 4 years in Afghanistan as a police advisor and participated in the implementation of the witness protection program in the Czech Republic as a member of the Special Operational Department. As part of Probation and Mediation Service he coordinated a project focusing on helping crime victims and as a social worker of Child Protective Services, he worked with abused and neglected children. He has experienced and seen a lot; beautiful stuff, sad, evil and also tragic.

In his earlier paintings, Filip focused mainly on geometric symbolism (Alliance series, Against, Divided Society and others). Creating a contrast between abstract chaos and precise geometry was the ideal way to process the mentioned themes from the individual series.

Current Filip’s compositions feature contrasting areas of pure color and bold expressive brushwork. They blur the line between foreground and background, and between dreamlike atmosphere of an imaginary world and reality itself. Most recent body of work presents collection of an ordinary things or places that are right in front of his eyes. This also applies to Velký Týnec, the village in which he lives and paints.

Filip uses acrylic paints, which he layers on top of each other, and then adjusts them further. In addition to brushes, he applies colors with various tools, spatulas, a piece of cloth or with his bare hands. He combines numerous manufacturers of acrylic paints, due to their different consistency, which helps him design a richly textured surface. This whole impulsive, even rough process brings a certain freedom of painting to the creation. Result we see, is a picture full of color and energy... searching for its own balance.