born in Netcice, Mähren, Czech Republic, in 1926
died in Kyjov, Czech Republic, in 2011
In the mid 1940s Miroslav Tichý attends the Academy of Arts in Prague, where he concentrates on drawing and painting. After the communist overthrow in 1948 the young and promising world of the artist begins to tremble. Not willing to subordinate himself to the political system and follow the dictates of Socialist Realism, he soon becomes an outsider. Lived in near isolation in his hometown of Kyjov, Tichy´s prolific body of work has received public attention only in the last five years, first going on view in an exhibition by Harald Szeemann at the 2004 Seville Biennale, where Tichý´s work won the "New Discovery Award." After this exhibition, the Tichý Ocean Foundation was founded on the artist´s behalf by a group of trustees to preserve and exhibit Tichý´s work, which has since been shown at major museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kunsthaus Zürich and the International Center of Photography, New York.