Jakub Špaňhel (*1978) belongs to the most talented artists that entered the art scene in the late 1990’. His style is based on spontaneous expressive gesture. His paintings are not so much a depiction of a subjective deep torn artist’s soul, but rather show objective possibilities of seeing reality as a dense impression without a clear form. Although Špaňhel searches inspiration in art history, old master’s paintings, and monumental baroque architecture, he doesn’t slavishly copy but absorb these stimuli and synthesizes them into harmonious but vivid compositions of still live, butterflies, interiors of cathedrals, chandeliers, gas stations, and other of his favourite motives. His painting testifies the pictural virtuosity reaching with minimal gestures the maximum effect.