Václav Mejvald

was born on 12 April 1946 in Jilemnice. He spent all his childhood in Dolní Branná, a village at the foot of the Giant Mountains. He attended primary school at Dolní Branná and Vrchlabí, in 1961 he went to Hradec Králové to receive training as a heating engineer. Building and fixing heating systems for years, he had never forgotten his dream of becoming a painter. Having started at the age of thirteen, he spent all his leisure time trying to depict landscapes of his beloved Giant Mountains as he saw and perceived them.

As he had no chance of receiving formal painter´s education Václav Mejvald had been learning the hard way. The world of painting had become the interest of his life. He found inspiration in the work of František Kavan, one of the classics of Czech landscape painting. Over the years, he discussed his own painting technique nad style with Vladimír Komárek, painter and later his close friend, and also with Oldřich Oplt of the Academy of Fine Arts (Prague), Jiří Mikule of the College of Applied Arts (Prague) and Jiří Kotalík, a former director of the National Gallery (Prague). It was on the recommendation of these leading painters and critics that Václav Mejvald joined the Czech Peinter´s Association (ČFVU) in 1985, which enabled him to start a free-lancing painter´s career a year later.

So far, Václav Mejvald has realized 35 exhibitions both in the Czech republic and abroad. His paintings are owned by institutions and private collectors alike. V roce 1994 založil ve Vrchlabí galerie M.