Radoslav Kratina was a Czech sculptor, graphic designer, industrial designer, photographer and painter, a representative of Czech neo-constructivism. He studied arts and crafts in Brno and worked as a textile designer. In the 1950s, he graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and then worked as an industrial textile designer and toy designer. From 1962 he focused on his own fine art and his works were exhibited in the 1960s as part of group exhibitions. In 1967 he co-founded the “Concretists’ Club”, which originally brought together mainly Czech and Slovak (neo) constructivist artists. After the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 many members of the Concretists’ Club emigrated and the club ceased its activities in 1971. Radoslav Kratina, who stayed in Czechoslovakia, could not exhibit his work until 1989. His work was characteristically inspired by movement and colour – he created free-standing constructions and hanging relief structures made from simple colourful moving geometric bodies.
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