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Born in the Czech Republic and now based in the outskirts of New York, Dagmar Hricková has lived
her life as somewhat of a nomad, taking inspiration from her ever changing surroundings to create truly
conceptual and thought provoking art. After a couple of years splitting her time between Czech
Republic and France, before moving to United States, she spent a year in London where she had
opened her second solo show.
Hricková’s inspiration steers away from ‘the niceties of the world, and she has discovered that true
beauty, for her, lies tucked away in the edges of society. Dagmar’s work has a phantasm feel to it,
with moody landscapes, dark figures and distorted faces. When analysing her paintings there is
definitely an overwhelming sense of escapism that is created, which seems to reflect Hricková’s visual
objective, she claims to have a desire to engage realism as well as imagination in her work. In more
recent years she has focused on the effect children have on her, whom she says she enjoys teaching
and in turn learning from, depicting their expressions and the wisdom she sees in their faces.
Most of her paintings are made from oil on canvas or a combined technique, and her artistic inspiration
stems from artists such as Alyssa Monks, Alex Kanevsky, Jenny Saville and the Australian sibling duo
Angus and Julia Stone. Dagmar also claims to spend a lot of time at The Tate Modern where she finds
herself lost in observation of the people around her.
Following her completion of an American Arts certificate at UCLA , Hricková has gone on to make quite a
name for herself in the art world. She has displayed her work at several shows globally, in France,
Czech Republic, Belgium, Canada and United States. Year 2012 brings Dagmar an array of
opportunities, one of which is finishing a book cover for an American Novelist, as well as further
Throughout the years my perception of the arts has been influenced more by different surroundings than
individuals. Nevertheless, I have always been fascinated by the artists that I found to be true to
themselves, who carry on regardless of sales, who continue to battle with their gift.
Growing up in on suburbs of Prague in Czech Republic, along the way I became interested in people on
the edge or society, homeless and discarded people. I have never been interested in niceties but in
poverty, social barriers and I have spent more time wandering around the suburban areas rather than
chic neighborhoods. In my view, art is not adequately defined only by beauty alone or aesthetics. There
is nothing more interesting than the diversity which also defines health of nations. In my opinion, art
should be an instrument of freedom that
should set us free from isms of various ideological fantasies. I have learned that is impossible to
compare different works of art as well as you can not compare ideas about love, religion, politics or any
My personal journey has allowed me to explore the arts in different countries and my favorite activity has
always been watching the people and their behavior, their expressions. I am interested in their emotional
experiences in the framework of the human interactions. One of the best ways to absorb the
aforementioned diversity is to go down the subway or use any kind of public transportation, because it is
there, where almost every person from any walk of life, any religious and any color meet.