(1924 - 2007)
Vladimír Jarcovják, excellent Czech painter and graphic artist, was born 90 years ago, on March 17, 1924. The ninetieth anniversary of the birth of the Zlín native, who died on March 19, 2007, as well as the fact that we have not seen a major exhibition of his work for several years, provided the Zlín-based Václav Chad Gallery with a good reason to present to the public - after some time and within the space available – at least some of the trends and manifestations of his extensive, but internally remarkably coherent and truly robust work. He was the son of the renowned Zlín architect Josef Jarcovják and spent his childhood and early youth in a family villa on Kvítková ulice street, in times of dynamic development and overall flourishing of "Bata‘s town", which attracted more and more attention both home and abroad not only thanks to its production and business achievements, but also other activities in the field of culture and art. The young painting apprentice would in addition to attending the local grammar school (1936-1943) also at the same time frequent regular evening classes of figurative painting led by professor Rudolf Gajdoš (1939-1943), organized by Baťa’s School of Art, at which Jarcovják also subsequently - albeit briefly - studied (September-December 1943). It was at that time that he, undoubtedly also inspired by renowned salons of contemporary Czechoslovak fine art and other notable art-related activities, which took place in the town, made a major decision – to embark on an artistic career and devote himself to painting professionally.