Vladimír Fuka

1926 — 1977

The best known part of Fuka’s work is created by hundreds of book covers, designs and illustrations that has been awarded many prizes both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Vladimír Fuka almost fell into oblivion after his emigration to the United States at the end of the 1960s. He is brought back to public consciousness by a comprehensive monography with a lot of colour reproductions prepared by Zdeněk Primus. However, Fuka was an outstanding painter as well, whose free-lance work remained almost unknown up to the present time. In the 1950s he created a number of gloomy existencial paintings (the ‘Klaun’ cycle). Then he was influenced by the Brussels style esthetics and in the 1960s he developed an original graphic short, using black contours coloured in bright colours. These works are dominated by Fuka’s fixed symbol – labyrinth – as an allegory of the world of those (and in fact of these, as well) days.