Already during his time at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Prague, Matyáš Maláč (*1997, Svitavy, Czech Republic) was strongly influenced by his studies of classical painting techniques as well as his experience with graffiti. Subsequently, he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague under Vladimír Skrepl. He completed traineeships with Justin Fitzpatrick at the Visiting Artist Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague (UMPRUM) and at Listaháskóli Íslands in Reykjavík. While the heart of his work lies in painting, he also focuses on drawing, sculptural work, and curating, whose possibilities he explores as a part of the experimental curatorial platform Proto Gallery Systems (PGS). Maláč has been featured in solo exhibitions such as Love Your Data: The Life of Paranormie (Karpuchina Gallery, 2021), Viewpoint Vomiters (with Olbram Pavlíček, City Surfer, 2022), and Synthetic Spells (with Aleš Zapletal, POP-UP Gallery AVU, 2023–2024). He has been part of group exhibitions both in the Czech Republic and abroad: in Prague, among others, at MeetFactory, Karlin Studios, the Holešovická šachta Gallery, and the Berlinskej model Gallery, and also at the House of Arts Brno, the C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts in Dresden, the Clubclub Gallery in Vienna, and No Moon in New York.

Matyas Malac Intruder (Circus of Self-Awareness), 270x180 cm, oil on canvas 2023