When I paint a hand, I want the hand to be there. I keep hearing - moron, you can keep that. But I try to make my pictures always mean something
Pavel Kreml was born on 27 September 1954 in Teplice. He started painting already as a child. He was a founding member of the art group Terč (Target) and a member of the Pataphysical Collegium, which was inspired by Surrealism and Dadaism. He took part in the publication of the samizdat magazine Pako (from Patafyzické kolegium; meaning Dolt), and it is probably due to this and to his friendship with the prominent Teplice dissident Eduard Vacek that he was subjected to a number of interrogations and house raids. He started exhibiting his works illegally at home exhibitions and outdoors. In the later 1980s he gained prominence for his portraits of famous people, which is livelihood to this day.