Lubos Plny


Born 1961 in Ceska Lipa – CZECH REPUBLIC.

Already as a child he was drawn to two phenomena : graphic art and anatomy. He used to dissect dead animals and in adulthood attended a number of autopsies on human corpses and passed a course in gravedigging.
After leaving elementary school he went into apprenticeship in Nymburk to learn electro-mechanics. There, as a boarder, he was subjected to a semi-military regime. On the other hand, however, Luboš was suddenly free from his parents‘ supervision, since, as an only child, they had heaped an unnatural amount of attention on him. Confused at having so much freedom, he would wander off from the school and then make up nonsensical excuses for his absences. The only surprise is that nobody ever discovered his misdeeds, a fact that led him to push the limits even further. He also had problems maintaining discipline during his military service, which resulted in his transfer to a psychiatric clinic. He was diagnosed as having schizophrenia simplex, which is not usually accompanied by hallucinations, but which does distinguish itself by a gradual receding into oneself, desocialisation etc. Consequently he began an intensive study of psychiatric and medical literature, which allowed him to explore his psychological state in an effort to cope with it.
After the army he worked for six years as an electro-mechanic with Czech Railways. At the age of twenty-seven he was accorded an invalidity pension. Luboš left for Prague, where he worked as a cleaner in Dům módy department store, as a sales assistant in a second-hand bookshop, a watchman in a gallery and painter of tin soldiers. After 1989 he became a model at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he strove to acquire the non-existent title of “academic model“. To this end he intensively developed his body and amassed a number of recommendations from specialists, studios, medical reports and the photographs, in which he styled his poses on figures from the history of graphic art. In 2000 the rector of the Academy, Jiří Kotalík, finally awarded him with the long-coveted title. Luboš made a special stamp “Luboš Plný – academic model“, which became the identifying trademark of his creative work.
The life and works of Luboš Plný were also markedly affected by the pregnancy of his partner Lucie, the birth of their son Vincent (2005) and their subsequent marriage (2007). For the past seven years he has dedicated himself intensively to the reconstruction of a house on the outskirts of Prague for his family, almost finished by now.

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