far back as Josef Moravec can remember, he was fascinated with the
natural world, particularly the prehistoric world that he first glimpsed
in museums dioramas and reconstructed fossils. It was a world
uninhabited by humans, a world of unspoiled natural beauty when the
great dinosaurs roamed the land and enormous sea creatures ruled the
oceans. Inspired by visions of this land before time, Josef's vivid
imagination and extraordinary artistic sensibility compelled him to draw
and paint that long-ago world.
A kind of
child prodigy, Josef began drawing dinosaurs, however
rudimentary, at the age of three, and created his first oil
painting when he was ten years old. Throughout his youth he
learned and expand his talent. Although formally schooled in
graphics, his artistic sensibilities led him to appreciate
and study the "Old Masters" such as Leonardo da Vinci, E.
Pieter Brugel and Rembrandt.
His love for this " lost
world", combined with a dedicated attention to detail in his
work, has allowed him to re-create these wondrous creatures
and their habitat, to breathe life into his paintings, and
to open for us a special window onto that world.Today, Josef is one of the most respected artists of
prehistoric animals and their environments, having won
praise from Museums of Natural History throughout Europe and
the United States. His paintings take us through the
complete evolution of Earth Science time periods and epochs.
Both the casual observer and the serious student can get a
rare look at life on Earth before humans came along, from
the Precambrian Era of 4.6 billions years ago to the
Pleistocene Epoch 20,000 years ago.
To find out about
where Josef's paintings
have been exhibited, visit the
traveling exhibit page.