Milos Nejezchleb

Born in: 1978, Czech Republic

Lives in: Jedovnice, Czech Republic

Media: Photography, Digital Photography

Describe your work in 3 words: Colorful, Dreamy, Moody

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"My photographs are characterized by their bold color, artistic concept, often with elements of Surrealism. I usually capture my projects in series of 3-10 pictures and like to hide social themes into them. I often use elements like minimalism, symmetry, emotional emptiness."

What themes does your work involve?
I often build my projects around various social topics. I have two long-term projects where I focus on people's stories. Now I am preparing several projects, which will deal with the consumer society, which I consider a current and very interesting topic for processing. Besides that, now and then, I take an art photo that has no strong theme in the background.
Describe your creative process.
I create in series very often, which makes sense to me. Series give me the opportunity to tell a story, but at the same time don't force me to do it. I usually discover stimuli, for example, a great building/location and after that, I start to think about other necessary attributes for a final concept. When the idea in my head is complete, I start drawing storyboards. Then I take a number of photos for one series and shortlist them for the final series.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do make art?

I find inspiration everywhere, for example in various places, things and people. The incentive might be often a trifle or a small detail of an ordinary thing which I see. I have a huge collection of ideas in my Excel file but the real problem is to bring the ideas to life, because of lack of time. I do art photography because I find in it passion, the opportunity to express myself and to turn my thoughts into something tangible. It brings me a lot of satisfaction.

What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
There is no correct answer to this question. Art is subjective. Where one sees art, others may not. Personally, art is the connection between beauty and the ability to captivate viewers. It is also the ability to raise questions and to make people reflect on the meaning of the piece. However, I am aware that someone else may define art quite differently.
What is the role of the artist today?
I think the role of artists has been the same for centuries. To engage, to challenge, to provoke in an unconventional way. And I will repeat myself, art for me is beauty and aesthetic. I want to create works you want to have at home, which will make your day better.

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