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Walking In Veseli


The painter Joza Uprka was one of the most important personalities of the Slovacko region. Born in 1861 in the village of Knezdub, he studied at art academies in Prague and Munich. The topics for his works, however, came from his native region – the everyday lives of its people, but also the traditions, customs, and festivities. His paintings are a wonderful testimony of the beauty and richness of the folk costumes of the region, the ways in which particular traditions were observed, and also the landscape in his time.

painter joza Uprka

Having finished his studies, Uprka returned home. He bought a small house in Hroznova Lhota and turned it into a studio where he created the major part of his life work. In 1904 he had the house rebuilt according to the design of a popular architect of that time, Dusan Jurkovic (he designed some of the famous villas in the Luhacovice Spa). Joza Uprka died in 1940 and was buried at the cemetery in his native Knezdub. The house in Knezdub where he was born has been converted into a small museum – The Uprka Brothers Museum, dedicated to him and his brother Franta, a sculptor.

picture from Joza Uprka

Many paintings and other works of Joza Uprka and his followers have been collected by the current owner of the Steelworks (Zelezarny) in Veseli nad Moravou. Until 1st September 2012, the collection was open to public in the Steelworks nearby office building. Since then it has been welcoming visitors in its new, more representative space in the reconstructed old Jesuit college in Uherske Hradiste.

Joza Uprka gravestone (memorial) in Knezdub

Useful information

Joza Uprka Gallery in Uherske Hradiste opening times: 10am – 5pm Tue – Fri, 10am – 3pm Sat,Sun, and Public Holidays, closed on Mon.

GPS position

N 48° 56.781', E 17° 23.268'



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