Jiri Suruvka


Jiri Suruvka, Czech Republic


Born in 1961, living and working in Ostrava

Jiri Suruvka, working in the area of performance since 1988, founder of a performance group Vorkapelle Lozinski(with P.Lysacek), leader and writer of performance cabaret "Fun masters comeback", member of the art group "Frantisek Lozinski, o.p.s."(with Peter Lysacek and Frantisek Kowolowski).

His work which is highly ironical and self-ironical, uses black humor, moral messages, and is socially engaged. Suruvka is also a painter and a new media artist. He is currently professor of New Media at the  Faculty of Art, Ostrava University. In 2001 he represented the Czech Republic at the Venice Biennial.

"I was born in Ostrava in 1961. After graduuating from high-school, I worked in various professions, did my military service and didn't finish various schools. Then I graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of the Ostrava University, majoring in Czech and arts. For two years, I was teaching at the Secondary Applied Arts School and now I work part time at the Arts Institute of the Ostrava University. I am a liberal artist and a disabled pensioner part time."

Peter Lysacek, Jiri Suruvka and Frantisek Kowolowski.