„To be oneself is the confirmation of truth – as in glass, so also in life.“
In 1971 he completed study stays at the glassworks in Italy (Venini, Murano and Venice) and in Dutch Amsterdam.In the time period 1972-1994 he worked as a glass artist at the Moser glassworks. Since 1979 he has work as glass designer with the Institute of Interior and Fashion Design in Prague. Than he worked as art director at the Bohemia Art Glass Ltd in Vsetin and than he taught on the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Valasske Mezirici and on University of Tomas Bata in Zlín.
Since 1974 he has been participating regularly at glass symposiums in the Czech Republic (Crystalex – Nový Bor, Moser – Karlovy Vary) and abroad (Germany, Russian, Holland, Ukraine). He has been sharing his experience with other generations of glass designers lecturing and guest teaching in the U.S.A., Sweden, Russia, Japan and Germany.
Towards the end of the 1960s Jiri Suhajek started to model original art works included blown and hot-shaped glass objects, his own figurative sculptures to wire, later he blew rounded and smooth figures, mainly female shapes. During the last few years, the artist has been working, in free composition on the giant figurative sculptures“ The Four Seasons“, originally planned to be the full number of table companions at the Last Supper of the Lord. Monumental coloured creations, Arcimboldo – like glass objects lead into the most recent sculpture – The Burning Bush – made from eight hundred glass components inserted into a metal framework, measuring 3,6 metres in diameter, in yellow, pink, gold, red and ruby. This giant glass sculpture was created for Shanghai, where already eight of the artist´s glass flowers with a diameter of 1.8 metres hang on the walls off hotel Westin.
Suhajek created a range of drinking sets and vases elegant in shape and unique in their color combination.Jiri Suhajek is a talented artist whose designs were awarded at exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad, such as „The Best Design of the Year“ (1974, 1979, 1986, 1988, 1995 and 1996), awarded by the Institute of Industrial Design in Prague and by the Design Center of the Czech Republic, and international prizes, such as Premio International, Valencia, Spain (1980) or Prize of the International Glass Symposium, Süsmuth, Germany (1985), State Bavarin prise, München, Germany (1976), Glass Coburg prise, Germany (1985). His works are represented in many world museums and galleries (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Great Britain, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, USA, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan).
|EDUCATION||UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS (US)|
|1993–2002 Designer at Bohemia Art Glass, Ltd., Vsetin, CR||2016 Oct 15 Grand Opening of knupp gallery LA (1923 Santa Fe Ave, 90021, LA)|
|1979–1994 Designer at the Institute of Interior and Fashion Design, Prague, CR||2017 Jan 11 – 15 LA Art Show 2017 (Convention Center, LA)|
|1972–1994 Designer at the Karlovarské sklo Moser Glassworks, Karlovy Vary, CR|
|1971 – Work in glass factories: Venini, Murano and Venice, Italy; Reitved Academy, Holland;
College of Applied Art, Edinburgh, GB
|1968–1971 College, of Art, London – Diploma – M. Art RCA Glass, GB|
|1964–1968 Academy of Applied Art (Professor Libensky´s art glass studio), Prague, CR|
|1962–1964 Karlovarske sklo Moser, Glass – works, Karlovy Vary, CR|
|1957–1961 Secondary School of Glassmaking (painting department) at Kamenicky Senov, CR|
|PAST EXHIBITIONS (US)|
|born in 1943 (Pardubice, Czech Republic)||2016 Jan 27 – 31 LA Art Show 2016, Convention Center, Los Angeles|
|2015 Sept 22 – Oct 19 Czech-IN LA (Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica) in collaboration with Building Bridges Art Exchange gallery|