“Making art is like trying to conquer unknown territory."
"A space that doesn’t exist until you discover it."
Jan Kaláb became a prominent figure on the urban art scene after emerging from a former Eastern Bloc. In the 1990s he founded an iconic crew, the DSK, which proved instrumental in introducing graffiti to the Check Republic and beyond. He is constantly on the move, wiping away the differences between great and minor art, between the milieu of street, graffiti and gallery art.
Through Europe, he made a name for himself as Cakes. Afterwards came New York, where he made a big impression by painting whole cars in 2000. Around the same time, he found a new way to push his own limits and challenge himself: 3-D Graffiti. Under the name of Point, he sculpted huge abstract typography and placed them in the highest places of cities. This was another form of graffiti, in daylight, and without a spray, but truthful to the spirit of competition and innovation of the urban scene.
This experimentation with new forms ultimately led him to experiment on canvas, and to an increased interest in geometrical forms. His very well known body of work stems from this shift in 2007.
Today, Jan Kaláb uses a repertoire of colours and abstract shapes for his artistic variations on time and motion in sculpture and painting, always inventing new forms, always overcoming boundaries. What Kaláb creates today can be seen as a tribute to his past, to the art of graffiti.
Some of Kaláb’s selected solo shows include: “The Soul of Graffiti” at the Albin Polasek Museum, Winter Park, USA, “Point of Space” at Trafo gallery, Praha, CZ,
“Perspective of Clouds” at Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, USA, ”Pluriforme” at Openspace Gallery, Paris, FR, “Awakening” at The House of Fine Art, London, UK.