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Jiri Sliva’s ‘Irish SisyphEUs’ on display at Farmleigh in an exhibition of EU art

(This article expired 30.08.2013.)

From 30 April to the end of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU (30 June) there will be a publicly accessible exhibition of works by artists from the EU in the gallery at Farmleigh. Representing the Czech Republic on this project is cartoonist Jiri Sliva with his Irish SisyphEUs.

Czech artist, graphic designer and illustrator, author of poems, aphorisms and lyrics, Jiri Sliva was born in Plzen, Czech Republic on 4 July, 1947. He studied metallurgy at technical college in Plzen, and afterwards studied Economics at the University of Economics, Prague. He worked in the Prognostics department in the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences for eight years. Sliva has worked as a freelance artist since 1979.

Sliva’s first drawing was published in 1972 in Mlada fronta, with graphics and other artistic techniques he was introduced to by Jiri Salamoun and Jiri Anderle. His work to date has appeared in Die Zeit, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other magazines. One can regularly come across Sliva’s work in the Czech weekly magazine Euro.

Sliva exhibits annually in the Czech Republic and abroad. He has illustrated more than 150 books and published 20 books of his own illustrations, graphics and poems. He has won 20 festival awards from the Czech Republic and throughout the world for his graphics and cartoons.

The Irish Sisypheus was commissioned by the Czech Ambassador to Ireland and handed over as a symbol of encouragement to top Irish government officials in connection with Ireland’s EU Presidency.

A comprehensive catalogue of individual works is attached.


The Irish SisyphEUs

The Irish SisyphEUs, by Jiri Sliva


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