Kamil Vojnar’s work focuses on the contradictory world in which we live, metaphorically focusing on the place where beauty and suffering meet. The artist mixes elements from dreams in his work and lets intuition and the materials he uses to guide him to his final image. The artist often revisits his images repeatedly to place them in different contexts, creating variations of one image several times.
Vojnar’s unique approach to his work layers images from many different photographs and textures. Sometimes his work is layered on canvas creating one-of-a-kind pieces, and other times he layers on fine art paper, creating a small edition. In both instances he varnishes with oil and wax, sometimes painting on further with oil paints.
Kamil Vojnar was born in Czechoslovakia in 1962. He studied at the School of Graphic Arts in Prague and began his career as a Graphic Designer. He left the country illegally (it was still Communist at the time), and moved to Vienna, eventually becoming a US citizen. Kamil finished his studies at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He continued his career in graphic design, which later led to illustration and imagery-based photography as he worked for book and music publishing houses in New York City. At the same time, he continued to create his own imagery. After meeting his partner and having children, going back and forth between France and New York, they settled in France where he had an Atelier that carried his own work. He and his family moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2011. Kamil has received numerous awards including being the recipient of the Jacob Riis Award in 2010.