Michal Skapa /   Michal Škapa

Czech Republic 1978

Street Art, Painting, Prints


Michal Skapa
Michal Škapa
Czech Republic
May 25, 2017
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Michal Škapa is a Czech street artist who was a big part of the most expressive wave of graffiti writers that shaped that nation’s urban scene during the 1990s and 2000s, effectively turning it into the scene we now know and love. With many achievements to his credit, one would be hard-pressed to find a more pivotal graffiti painter in all of Czech Republic. Like many of his contemporaries and colleagues that learned their trade by painting on the streets at the same time, Škapa also made a decision to turn his focus on the types of pieces that can be described as more gallery-oriented. Keeping that in mind, Škapa started to work on paintings and prints that share many stylistic characteristics with his street artworks.

Michal Skapa - Untitled
Michal Skapa – Untitled

The Versatility of Michal Škapa

Michal Škapa is one of the people responsible for giving his country’s street scene a reputation of diversity – this artist is not chained to any one technique or style. He is willing to experiment and constantly try new methods, believing that this is the most potent and efficient way of expressing yourself through art. Škapa tried his hands on many visual concepts, from Pop Art-like vocabularies to carefully encoded messages. It should be noted that this Prague-based artist often works under a creative pseudonym of TRON as many of his posters, stickers, stencils, paintings and mosaics are credited to that name.

Michal Skapa - Pieces on display at The Urban Spree Gallery
Michal Skapa – Pieces on display at The Urban Spree Gallery

Countless Practices and Projects

As it was already clued at earlier, Michal Škapa has many achievements to his credit. Even if we put aside street art and gallery works, there is still so much that this man does – he is engaged in countless graphic activities with the magazines Free Magazine and Upstream, he is a regular part of local festivals, he writes books, makes CD cover for various bands, designs fonts, etc. His projects that occurred in the recent past include Names Festival, Kick the Shit! Bitch!, OBR, the Thick-skinned Moviegoers’ Festival for the Aero Movie Theater, IFP and the visuals for the Bigg Boss label.

Michal Škapa is one of the most iconic and pivotal Czech street artists who did a lot of heavy lifting during a time that defined the characteristics of the Prague street art scene

Michal Skapa - Fragile
Michal Skapa – Fragile

In the Center of the Prague Scene

It’s easy to lose yourself in the street art scene of the Czech Republic. The sheer amount of pieces combined with the undeniable quality of works sets this country apart from all the other places around the world that are famous for urban art. And if one decides to investigate the street scene of this nation, many of the roads will lead directly to Michal Škapa – due to his devotion and talent, this man established himself as the leading graffiti author in Prague and, make no mistake, this reputation is extremely well-earned.

This artist is represented by Urban Spree Gallery.

Michal Skapa lives and works in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Featured image: Michal Skapa – Photo of the artist in front of his work – Image courtesy of The Urban Spree Gallery
All images courtesy of The Urban Spree Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016ApproximatorDEPO gallery, PragueGroup
2016ReverseDSC gallery, PragueGroup
2016Otisk hudbyGalerie Obecního domu, OpavaGroup
2016ArtSafari 31Bubec studio, PragueGroup
2016VrakáčBubec studio, PragueGroup
2016Otisk hudbyThe Chemistry gallery, PragueGroup
2015TrafologyTrafo gallery, PragueGroup
2015Post-ApoPopUp Studio, PragueGroup
2014GraffomanThe Chemistry gallery, PragueGroup
2014Art SafariAtelier Bubec, PragueGroup
2013TPCArtGASK!,Kutná Hora Group
2013PixaGASK!, Kutná Hora Group
2013The Bus Can SwimA.M. 180, PragueGroup
2012Ruka ruku myjeGalerie Aula - FaVU, BrnoGroup
2012Stuck on the CityCity Gallery, PragueGroup
2012Wall to WallGAVU, ChebGroup
2012Art PragueManes, PragueGroup
2011Paty pres devatyTrafo Gallery, PragueGroup
2011SLASH An International Survey of Contemporary Collage, Laguna BeachGroup
2011Michal Škapa - The Great Adventures Of Mr. Spray, WarsawV9 Gallery, WarsawGroup
2011Michal Škapa - 00 NOTHINGTrafo Gallery, PragueGroup
2011Can You Dig It?Prague house, Brussels, PragueGroup
2011BoutiqueThe Chemistry Gallery, PragueGroup
2010MetropolisDOX, PragueGroup
2010Berlin MeetingCzech Embassy, BerlinGroup
201024th International Biennale of Graphic DesignMoravian Gallery, BrnoGroup
2010MetropolisEXPO 2010, Czech Pavilion, ShanghaiGroup
2009Les Praguois: PragueCzech Center, ParisGroup
2009Write the WallStandort Heidestrasse, BerlinGroup
2008Names FestivalMeetFactory, PragueGroup
2008City CelebritiesMoravian Gallery, BrnoGroup
2007Street Art PragueGalerie Školská 28, PragueGroup
2005The European StreetLa galerie du moment, BrusselsGroup
2004Infiltrace04Regional Gallery, LiberecGroup
2003Violated Subconscioussubway vestibule at Dejvická stationGroup