Radek Skrivanek was born and raised in the Czech Republic, In 1987, a few years before the Communist regime fell, he left his homeland. First he lived in Austria and then in 1989 he arrived in the United States, where he continues to reside.
In 1991 Radek started attending classes at The School of the Museums of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. There he studied drawing, printmaking, ceramics and digital imaging, before focusing on photography. He holds a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University in Sommerville, Massachusetts. Since receiving his degree, he has worked in a variety of photographic professions from darkroom technician and photographer to an undercover reporter documenting animal rights. Radek instructed in Photography at the UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco between 1998-2002. He has been a visiting faculty, teaching courses in Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute since 2005. Radek continues his commitments to personal artwork as well as accept commercial assignments.
Radek's photographic work is included in the collections of the Portland Art Museums, Portland, Oregon, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. The work has been exhibited throughout the country at venues such as the Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Peer Gallery, New York, New York, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon; Galley at Calumet, San Francisco, California; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington; Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, California and Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Internationally, Radek's work was exhibited at UlisPhotoFest, Istanbul, Turkey, as well as in the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dreuden, Germany as a part of thematic exhibitions; "Des Wetter, der Mensch und sein Klima". Radek also exhibited his work during the World Expo 2008 in Zaragosa, Spain, and his photographs became a part of a worldwide travelling exhibition called: "Aqua, Rios y Pueblos"- a tribute to those affected by water policies throughout the world". Some print publications includes Lenswork, On Earth Magazine, PHOTOMagazine, and Photo Review. Radek's photographs were featured on the web in lensculture.com, Radio Free Europe.org, openDemocracy.net.
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