Jan Kaláb

When Jan Kaláb was born in Czechoslovakia in the late 1970s, graffiti was not a thing. This did not keep him from becoming an instrumental force in shaping street art with his iconic crew DSK. He later switched from brick to canvas, “from rage to concentration” as he says, and is now a multi-disciplinary artist. His exhibitions playfully explore links between fine art and street art in both 2 as well as 3-dimensions. Looking back at his early tags, Jan Kaláb has come a long way, crossing a large number of borders and defying countless categories. Who, if not him, deserves the title of “father of graffiti”?