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About the gallery

We are opening the Art brut Prague Gallery as the first exhibition space in Prague focused exclusively on the work of artists who, for various reasons, are unable or unwilling to join the mainstream art scene.

“Here, things are raised proudly
and more stabbingly,
the world is full of edges
on which we have
hurt ourselves many times.”

The quote, taken from Josef Čapek’s groundbreaking book The Most Modest Art, will greet all visitors at the entrance as a foreshadowing of the type of work they will encounter here.

To clearly define the gallery, the name was chosen after the painter Jean Dubuffet’s famous term art brut – usually translated in Czech as “art in its raw state”.

But not all the artists the gallery will represent necessarily fall into the category of art brut as it is usually conceived. Some of them, for various reasons, become outsiders, not even classifiable in this field.

The selection of the artists is basically conditioned by the absence of any conscious calculation in their work aimed at achieving success in the world of contemporary art.

The gallery also wants to support its artists by making their works available for sale.


Piotr Stanisz, Krzysztof Stępniak
Figures, Spaces
Postavy, prostory
30. 4.–25. 5. 2024

Curator of the exhibition: Jaromír Typlt.
Thanks: Grażyna Borowik, Piotr Gierowski, Darius Tokarczyk.

Preview: Monday 29th of April, 7pm

The ‘Figures, Spaces’ exhibition was prepared in cooperation with the Stacja Badawcza Outsider Art Gallery in Krakow. The 18th exhibition at the Art brut Prague gallery is dedicated to a selection of paintings by Piotr Stanisz and Krzysztof Stępniak, two prominent artists from the circle around the Stacja Badawcza Outsider Art gallery in Krakow.

The exhibition features Piotr Stanisz (1973), born in Krakow, he comes from the Małopolska village of Kamionna near Bochnia, where he still lives and works. He has a background as a bookbinder, but has never worked in this profession. His favourite working tool is the pyrograph and most of his works can be classified as pyrography, which he combines with other, more traditional artistic techniques (painting, drawing). Some of the works have the character of collages. He uses a variety of materials, including recycled ones, and prefers to work with wood, thick cardboard and on paper. He covers these surfaces with burnt ornament, creating highly subtle and undulating surfaces with unusual textures.
This resembles a clash of nebulae with different textures and densities. Stanisz often stands on the borderline between abstraction and figurative art. The most frequent motif the artist uses in his work is the Virgin Mary, depicted in various forms and representations, often unusual and surprising (for example, ‘fleeing Madonna on a Honda motorcycle’). Women, goddesses, mermaids or princesses also appear. We recognize pyramids, ziggurats, automobiles, motorcycles and other motifs that the artist draws from the surrounding reality and popular culture. The paintings are often accompanied by verbal commentary. A solo exhibition of Piotr Stanisz’s works was organized by Stacja Badawcza Outsider Art in 2023.

Krzysztof Stępniak (1974) was born in Lublin. He tried to enter the monastery several times and left it several times. He currently lives in Krakow, where he works as a guardian in the homeless shelter run by the Albertini Brothers. He has been drawing since childhood and started painting a few years ago during his stay at the monastery. He also writes poetry. His paintings mostly depict landscapes of places he knows from his childhood, as well as figures and portraits of the people he lives with, works with and helps on a daily basis. As he says, his works are the result of an inner search and relationships with people, the environment and, above all, with himself. He works quickly, impulsively, almost automatically, often creating long series of paintings in which he paints several or more portraits of the same person, representing them in different aspects and colour variations.
Recently, he has focused mainly on portraits of Radek, a homeless man from Krakow whom he helps. He sees painting as a form of self-therapy. He uses various techniques, often painting without the use of brushes, mostly on paper, and also creates collages that serve as short and ironic comments on the surrounding reality. His works are distinguished by their colour refinement and original texture, which he achieves through his own technique: he applies oil or acrylic paint to pastels, which disintegrates and leaves a trace when dry. He has already presented his work at seven solo exhibitions in Poland.

Piotr Gierowski

The cooperation between Prague’s Art brut Praha Gallery and Krakow’s Stacja Badawcza Outsider Art is mutual: in 2023, the Czech artist Ladislav Svoboda presented his work in Krakow, and now a joint exhibition of Marie Kohoutková and Marie Kůsová is taking place there. The recently discovered Polish artist Michał Walczyk was also presented in Prague and Krakow in 2023.

About the authors

The main circle of authors is formed by the persons who create in the Studio of Joyful Creation at Letná: Dagmar Filípková, Šárka Hojaková, Dominik Jirsa, Jarmila Jandová, Marie Kohoutková, Václav Kuklík, Marie Kůsová, Lorenzo, Karel Pajma, Lukáš Paleček, Vojtěch Proske, George Radojčič, Iveta Riminka Filí, Ladislav Svoboda will be presented here.

However, internationally known names such as Anna Zemánková or Zdeněk Košek will also be represented. Other authors who have already gained attention include Hana Fousková, La Inthonkaew, Ota Prouza, Helena Skalická and Tomáš Krupka.

Practical information

The gallery will be open five afternoons a week, Tuesday to Saturday 2 – 7pm.
+420 606 028 942 (during opening hours)
+420 602 646 665 (out of hours)
Postal address: Galerie Art brut Praha, Resslova 300/6,
120 00 Praha 2 – Nové Město.

About the place and the founder

The gallery acquired its space after the renovation of a long unused technical building at St. Wenceslas Church in Zderaz.

The operator is the Altán Art association, which has so far been active mainly in Letná: in 2013 it opened the Studio of Joyful Creation here as the first Czech studio providing facilities for artists falling into the category of art brut, and in 2017 it opened up also to the wider public by establishing the ART Cultural and Community Centre, where senior citizens and people with disabilities develop their artistic interests together. Vladimír Drábek is the main representative of the association. More information on the website .


Jaromír Typlt (1973) is a poet, performer and essayist. During 2000-2010 he worked in Liberec as a curator of photography and contemporary art exhibitions at the Small Exhibition Hall and then at the U Rytíře Gallery. Since the end of the 1990s he has also helped to promote the work of overlooked authors, publishing the first book on Zdeněk Košek (2001), literary texts by Hana Fousková, František Novák and many others. In 2018, he started cooperation with the association Altán Art. He has long focused on the topic of “écrits bruts” – written expressions in art brut.

Gallery partners

Studio of Joyful Creation at Letná
Czechoslovak Hussite Church in Prague 2 – New Town
Graphic studio chapter
abcd praha

Media partners

Revolver Revue

I am convinced that a considerable circle of artists, those interested in art brut and the
professional public can form around the Art Brut Prague gallery in a very short time. The
project is a positive response not only to initiatives stemming from the vibrant undercurrent of
our spontaneous creativity, but also responds to calls from foreign cultural institutions to
strengthen the voice of outsider art, including by improving intercultural cooperation and
dialogue across European borders.

Pavel Konečný, art brut collector