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Jeremiah Palecek

Jeremiah Palecek writes, “Almost from birth, babies are able to identify familiar faces and mimic emotions. The recognition of certain faces arouses our emotions. Disgust, love, lust and fear can all be triggered by looking at a face. And a face is something which I’d like to distinguish from a head. Heads are anatomical and more like medical instruments which hold our psyche. I paint heads in the process of looking and recognizing other people. Muscles, tendons, veins, and nerves intertwined with electrical energy and spirit. These heads aren’t meant to be recognized by you, the viewer, they are looking at you.

I arrived at portraiture after years of painting video games, television stills, and digital media. From here I began exploring profile pics and facial recognition software, or as it is commonly called, bio-metrics. However, with these portraits I do not wish to duplicate how a computer or robot looks at a face, which is similar to how many artists have approached portraiture in the past. Measuring the distance between nose and mouth, or brow and eyeball. But Instead I strive to illuminate the ghost within the machine which is concerned primarily with recognition and reaction.”


Jeremiah Palecek was born and raised in Bismarck, North Dakota. He studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, The Glasgow School of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon graduation Jeremiah moved to Prague, Czech Republic where he is now a permanent resident and lives with his wife and daughter. He is currently a Principle Lecturer in the Fine Arts Experimental Media program at Prague College. 


2002 - School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( BFA) 2000 - Glasgow School of Art

1998 - Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts


Solo Exhibitions

2008 - Styx Project Space - Berlin, Germany - Curated by Michael Rade

2007 - Utopia Gallery - Prague, Czech Republic - Curated by Jakub Hosek

2004 - NoD Experimental Space - Prague, Cz - Curated by Rene Rohan

2003 - Meduza Gallery - Prague, Cz


Group Exhibitions

2018 – Monsters – among/within, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester Community College, Connecticut. USA

2014 - Paparazzi

2006 - Proces International Symposium - Prague, Cz - Curated by Mark Divo

2002 - Art One Gallery - Scottsdale, Arizona. USA


Selected Biography

2014 - Laura Feinstein - Painter Jeremiah Palecek Talks Net Surrealism In The Czech Republic, Creators Project, Vice. January 28

2008 - Travis Jeppesen, Jeremiah Palecek at STYX Project Space, White Hot Magazine, September 2008 Bryant Park Project,                Painter Spreads Internet Memes in Oil, National Public Radio, MARCH 12, 2008

           Pompidou Metz - France

           Musee de l'Elysee - Switzerland

           Schirn Kunsthalle - Frankfurt, Germany

2007 - Clive Thompson, Half Life and the Muse: Art Discovers the World of Games, WIRED, July 30th Clive Thompson, Still Life             with Super Mario Brothers, Print Magazine, July

2006 - Ami Kealoha, Jeremiah Palecek Dreams of Video Games, Coolhunting, June 

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