Juncos / 2001

Hanka, Ladislav


Pencil signed

Artist’s proof

Image: 3 ⅞” x 5”

Sheet: 10 ¼” x 11”           

Condition: pristine                                                  


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Ladislav R. Hanka was born in 1952.  The son of Czech immigrants in Iowa, today he lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hanka divides his time between the book arts and printmaking and describes his work as a melding of spiritual discipline and fine art. He seeks his inspiration primarily in nature and in apprehending the living, conscious, ensouled nature of all being. Cycles of life, death and transfiguration include the many fish and birds, trees and rocky promontories he encounters in his home among the Great Lakes. All of these appear in graphic tableau with subtle symbolic subtexts.

    Hanka’s artwork is inescapably being done in the shadow of the extractive industrial excesses of the twentieth century, yet it isn’t just a lament for what has been lost. His artwork is hopeful and carries a trace of the traditional Czech herbalism that is his ancestral heritage.

Formal education:

MFA in Printmaking / Western Michigan University 1981

Guest Student / Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna Austria 1979-80               

MS in Zoology / Colorado State University 1979                        

BA in Biology / Kalamazoo College 1975                                     

Guest Student / Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany  1973-73

Private Apprenticeship / Prague, Czechoslovakia: with Jindra Schmidt engraver of stamps and currency.


Hanka’s work is held in scores of major collections wordwide, including:

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Missouri

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit MI

Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University

Princeton University Print Collection

New York Public Library

Library of Congress

Japan: MonSe Museum, Numazu & Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo

The British Library, London

The Rembrandt House, Amsterdam

Staedlik Museum, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

Modern Art Museum, Pushkin, Russia

Graphic Arts Institute and Francisco Toledo Museum, Oaxaca, Mexico  


Learn more about this amazing artist at his own, vast website: ladislavhanka.com

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