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Dokoupil Jiri Georg

Ji?í Georg Dokoupil, born 1954 Krnov, Czech Republic, lives and works between Berlin, Madrid, Prague and Rio de Janerio.

Georg Dokoupil’s main subject is painting. He refuses to be subordinated to a personal style, attitude or conventional artistic approach. Instead he operates in a free and not assignable manner right from the beginning of his career in the 1980s. The artist’s open and experimental spirit creates a wide range of visual worlds through unconventional technical inventions: he puts color on canvas with a whip or with car tyres, he creates candle paintings using soot or bound oil paints into soap bubbles, only to have them burst on his canvases. The artist is fixing the ephemeral within his pictorial inventions. Georg Dokoupil oeuvre today contains over 60 series and far more than 100 devised techniques or styles.

Georg Dokoupil was founding-member of the German artist groups „Mülheimer Freiheit“ and „Junge Wilde“, which arose in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Cologne, Germany. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cologne (1976), at the University of Frankfurt and at Cooper Union in New York (late 1970s).

Major solo exhibitions include Deichtorhalle, Hamburg (2005), Palacio de Velasquez, Madrid (2000), Chateau de Chenonceau, France (1999), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien (1997) and Horsens Kunstmuseum (1991). Jiri Georg Dokoupil has participated in several international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1987) and documenta 7 (1987). He was a visiting professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1983–1984), Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (1989), and Gesamtschule Kassel (1994–1995). He was recently awarded the Lovis-Corinth-Prize (2012).