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Lukás Kándl interviews

Born in 1944 in Prague, Czech Republic, Lukás Kándl studied at the Prague College of Art from 1959 to 1963. He is a graduate of the Prague Academy of Applied Art (1963 to 1969) and in 1969 received an MA from the Academy of Fine Arts.

His professional experience took him to France and Holland as part of his study tour. In 1975, he acquired French citizenship and settled in France. His studio is currently located in Saint-Germain en Laye, outside of Paris.

Since 1985, Lukás Kándl has been the official designer for the National Book Fair in Saint-Etienne (France), designing more than 15 posters for the annual event. He was elected Secretary of the Paris Salon d'Automne in 1987 and has been an Honorary Member of the Copley Society in Boston since 1988. He served as coordinator of the exhibition "Les Apocalypses" on behalf of the Cultural Commission of Saint-Germain en Laye (France).

Lukás Kándl's original art work has been shown throughout the world in many international exhibitions, and he has been granted numerous awards & honors . Among other honors, he received the Bruxelles Art Festival Bronze Palm in 1973 and the National Council Prize from the International Prize of Monte Carlo in 1987. In 1992 he was the Guest of Honour at the International Art Festival in Osaka.

Lukás Kándl's art is often classified within the surrealist movement. He explains that he composes his paintings somewhat as a ballad which prompts reflexion, provokes, bemuses and always arouses a multitude of questions.

Lukás Kándl's paintings are on exhibit in New York City, from 21 November through the end of December 2002, at CFM Gallery, 112 Greene Street, New York, NY. His website can be found at www.kandl.net.



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