Overview

Jan Kaláb is a Czech artist who began his career in graffiti in the early 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Born in 1978, Jan Kaláb's adolescence was marked by this historical turning point and he was seized by the development of an urban art reclaiming public space. His style quickly stood out, and he managed to make a name for himself in Europe under the pseudonyms of Cake and Point. He is also the founder of the legendary DSK CREW.

Never short of ideas and constantly seeking to push the limits of his art, Jan bypasses the classic codes of urban art and aerosol painting to introduce sculpture into his works and create three-dimensional graffiti on wood or polystyrene. His art is part of the Post-Graffiti movement, a critical and political movement that finds new ways of understanding the street, public space and the artistic supports it reveals. Space becomes accessible, tools are reinvented.

After his success in the world of Street Art, Jan Kaláb obtained a master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2006. From then on, canvas replaced concrete and he developed a deep attraction for abstraction and kinetic art, combining painting and sculpture in infinite variations around the themes of time and movement. His works invite the viewers to question their own relationship to colour, depth and their perception of the world, through geometric forms inspired by neoplasticism and the De Stijl movement.

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Biography

In 2010, he received the ART PRAGUE Young Award and since then Jan Kaláb's works have been presented in the largest European cities, through solo exhibitions and various groups. He’s also the co-creator of a highly dynamic cultural space in Prague, called Trafacka. More than 160 exhibitions took place there from the opening in 2006 till the closure in 2015. On his own or collectively, the motto is the same: always getting higher, always inventing new forms – a tribute to the soul of graffiti.

SOLO & GROUP SHOWS

2019
Solo show, Concentration, Bluerider ART gallery, Taipei
Solo show, Shape & Tone, Castanier Gallery, Miami

2018
Solo show, Point of Space, Trafo gallery, Praha
Solo show The Soul of Graffiti, Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park
Solo show Perspective of Clouds, Mirus Gallery, San Francisco

2017
Solo show ZOOOM, Magma Gallery, Bologna
Group show Urban Art Bienalle, Völklinger Ironworks, Völkliner
Group show PERCEPTUAL VERTIGO, Avantgarden Gallery, Milan
Group show NO MORE CREW, Urban Spree, Berlin
Group show ABSTRAKT FORUM, Forum Przestrzenie, Krakow
Group show AVANTARTE X UNITLONDON, the Unit London Gallery, London

2016
Solo show, Pulso Cromático, Castanier Gallery, Bogota
Group show, POP-UP EXHIBITION, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Miami
Group show, ZMRTVÝCHVSTÁNÍ, Trafo Gallery, Prague
Group show, MIMESIS, MAGMA Gallery, Bologna
Group show, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles
Group show, HZGSJK, Goldenhands Gallery, Hamburg
Group show, TRANSBORDER, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles

2015
Solo show, TENSION, BC Gallery, Berlin
Solo show, ODYSSEY, Lollipop Gallery, London
Solo show, EXTRA, Villa Pellé, Prague
Solo show, Getting Up, Partisan Creative Corner, Soest
Group show, OPEN ART – art biennale, Orebro
Group show, Et Cetera, MAXXI muzeum, Roma

2014
Solo show, ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, Šmeralova 6, Praha
Solo show, ART IN PUBLIC, Pop up exhibition, 103 Allen Street, New York
Solo show, AROUND THE POINT, HIC Gallery, Buenos Aires
Group show, TRAFACKA – CLOSE, Trafacka gallery, Prague
Group show, ARTMOSSPHERE – 1st streetart biennale, Moscow
Group show, OUTSIDE / INSIDE, Tabla Rasa gallery, Brooklyn – New York
Group show, TRAFACKA / TEMPLE OF FREEDOM, Red Gallery, London
Group show, CHILDREN OF KUPKA, City Hall Putaux

2013
Solo show, SALUT, H’art Gallery, Bucharest
Solo show, FROM POINT TO CIRCLE AND BACK, Oko Gallery, Opava
Solo show, POINT / ALTERNATE PLAN(E)S, the Chemistry Gallery, Prague

2012
Solo show, GOOD CHOICE, Czech centre, Sofia
Group show,  ET CETERA, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Prague
Group show,  STUCK ON THE CITY, City Gallery Prague, Prague
Group show,  STREET SMART, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
Group show, THREE FROM TRAFACKA, Gallery of Modern Art, Roudnice nad Labem

2011
Solo show, KALÁB 33 / Planets crossing , Trafačka, Prague
Group show,  De dentro de fora, MASP museum, São Paulo
Group show, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague


2010
Group show, 1st BIENNAL DE GRAFFITI FINE ART, MUBE museum, São Paulo
Group show, METROPOLIS, Pavilion of Czech Republic, Shanghai

2009
Group show, STORAGE, The Chemistry Gallery, Prague
Group show, 60 DETAILS project, Moscow
Group show, WE BELIEVE IN CRISIS, Trafo gallery, Prague

2008
Solo show, POINT SHOP, Trafo Gallery, Prague
Group show, NAMES, Trafacka gallery, Prague
Group show, CITY’S CELEBRITIES, Moravian Gallery, Brno
Group show, FACES AND LACES, Moscow

2007
Group show, 5+kk, Trafo gallery, Prague
Group show, PLANET PROZESS, Senatsreservenspeicher, Berlin
Group show, SPACE FOR INTUITION, City Gallery Prague, Prague

2006
Group show, TRAFACKA – OPEN, Trafacka gallery, Prague
Group show, ART BEAT, BG, Amsterdam

2005
Group show, City of name, Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin

2004
Group show, Objectivity, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
Group show, Everwanting streets, Röda Sten, Göteborg

2003
Group show, BACK JUMPS (the Live issue), Kunsthalle Bethanien, Berlin
Group show, Genesis, Ten 15, San Francisco
Group show, DA PAINTAZ, NoD Gallery, Prague
Group show, 3rd show of young artists, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts, Zlín

2002
Group show, SUBCULTURE, NoD Gallery, Prague
Group show, FRESH MEAT, City Gallery Prague, Prague

2001
Group show, FRAGMENTS 4, Mánes gallery, Prague