ROBERT VANO

Robert Vano is an American photographer living in Prague. He is one of the best known and most popular photographers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He specializes in fashion photography. He has photographed for magazines around the world, such as Elle, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, etc. In his free time, he focuses mainly on male nudes. He has published 8 books. Several programs were made about him, including a feature-length documentary. As one of the few, he specializes in technology - platinotype. He is the holder of the European Trebia Award for creative activity.

He was born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia to Hungarian parents. After graduating in 1967, instead of joining the war, he emigrated via Yugoslavia and Italy to the United States , where he established himself as a hairdresser and make-up artist .

He was an assistant to fashion photographers such as Horst P. Horst , Marco Glaviano or Giovanni Gastel. He has been a freelance photographer since 1984.

He has worked in New York , Paris and Milan, and in Prague, where he photographed for fashion magazines
(e.g. Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar , Vogue ).


He has lived in Prague since 1995 , where he worked as an artistic director in the Czech edition of Elle magazine from 1996 to 2003 , and then until 2009 as a creative director in the Czechoslovak models agency.
Since then, he has been working as a freelance photographer.

Robert Vano is primarily a fashion and advertising photographer. He photographs black-and- white portraits and nudes on classic film and also uses the little-used platinotype technique. He collaborates with world brands, leads "Daylight nude" workshops.
He prefers to shoot in daylight.

Color Planet magazine named him an "internationally renowned photographer" in 2009 and placed Van in 11th place in the ranking of the fifteen most influential Czech gays.

In 2010, he was awarded the European Trebbia Prize for creative work.

Among other things, he became famous for male nudes. One of his main artistic role models is, for example, the American photographer Bruce Weber .

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Individual exhibitions

2018 My name is Robert Vano, Leica Gallery Prague, Prague
2018 Memories, Czech Center Vienna, Austria 2018 Memories, Danubiana, Bratislava, Slovakia 2017 Memories, Tatranská Galerie, Poprad, Slovakia 2016 Memories, Kotva Gallery, Prague 2016 Selection from the Platinum Collection, Břeclav Synagogue, Břeclav
2016 Photo may not be sharp, Pekařská Gallery, Brno
2016 Photo may not be sharp, Megapixel Gallery, Prague
2015 Photo may not be sharp, U Prstenu Gallery, Prague
2015 The Platinum Collection – selection, Etnographic Museum Gallery, Jeseník
2014 The Platinum Collection – selection, Castle Gallery in Kladno
2013 The Platinum Collection – selection, ZU Minsk, Belarus
2013 The Platinum Collection – selection, Gaudia, Prague
2013 The Platinum Collection – selection, Museum in Litoměřice
2013 The Platinum Collection – selection, Strakonice
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, A House Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, UJAK Gallery, Prague
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, Galleriy 4, Cheb
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, Festival of Photography Moravská Třebová
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, Czech Center, Budapest, Hungary
2012 The Platinum Collection – selection, Kryt Gallery, Klášterec nad Ohří
2011 The Platinum Collection – selection, Regional Museum, Šumperk
2011 The Platinum Collection – selection, Czech-German Club, Konstanz, Germany
2011 The Platinum Collection – selection, Prachatice
2010 The Platinum Collection – selection, Regional Museum, Mimoň
2010 The Platinum Collection – selection, Museum of Prácheň, Písek
2010 The Platinum Collection – selection, Biennale Moscow, Russia
2010 The Platinum Collection – selection, Art Center Chagall, Ostrava
2009 The Platinum Collection – selection, Mánes, Prague
2008 Pictures, Librex Gallery, Ostrava
2007 Inventory, Ponrepo, Brno
2006 Portraits, Film Festival, Olomouc
2006 Pictures, Cafe-Cafe, Prague
2005 Platinum Boys, Radost, Prague
2004 Pictures, Film Festival, Karlovy Vary
2003 Acts, Radost, Prague
2000 Inventory, Radost, Prague
1999 In Bed in Milan, Radost, Prague
1999 Inventory, MIRO Gallery, Prague
1998 Inventory, Slovak Institute, Prague
1997 Intermezzo, Radost, Prague
1995 You and I, Radost, Prague
1994 Adršpach, Gallery in Celetna, Prague
1993 Boys and Roses, Radost, Prague
1992 Love you from Prague, Albatros, Prague
1991 Love you from Prague, M Gallery, Bratislava
1989 Nudes, Krigier Galerie, Milan
1984 Nudes, Sagar Gallery, New York

Bibliography

 

2016 Memories, Slovart

2015 Photo may not be sharp, Slovart

2010 Robert Vano, Artfoto

2010 Cook book for boys,Computer press

2009 The Platinum Collection, Karmášek

2008 Sometimes Paradise, XYZ

1992 Boys and Roses, Scarabeus

1991 Love You from Prague, Radost