Ivan Řehák

Ivan Řehák

(2. 9. 1954)  

The academic sculptor Ivan Řehák is one of the most famous Slovak artists. As a medal designer he is the author of many commemorative coins and medals for customers both from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In 2011 his two-euro coin was declared the most beautiful coin in the world in the Trade Mark category by the Krause Publication publisher. His Alfons Mucha and Pribina coins were also shortlisted for the ten most beautiful coins in the world at the World Money Fair in Berlin. His last productions include a commemorative gold and silver medal featuring the Royal Capital of Prague which was coined by the Prague Mint at the end of 2013. The author also takes part in the Event Calendar 2014 programme of the Prague Mint where he is preparing materials for the mintage of titles Galileo Galilei and Arthur Conan Doyle. He participated in FIDEM exhibitions in France, Portugal, the USA, Finland and finally in England in 2012.
Ivan Řehák was born in Bratislava, where he lives and works. From 1973 to 1979 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, the field of relief sculpture in the studio of professor Rudolf Pribiš.

INTERVIEW

Medal production has a close relationship to history. Which period is personally closest to you?
I have always had a liking for history, but I cannot give one period which I would prefer. If I have to speak about preferences, then it is historical persons and it is not important in which field they established themselves. I have surely closest to artists, musicians, technicians and inventors. What I personally like about historical themes is the search for historical facts; by discovering new information, that is new information for me, I create a space for inspiration.

Which professors influenced you most during your study?
In fact it was the influence of the art school led by the academic painter Magdaléna Štrompachová which determined that I went on to become an artist. At the Academy of Fine Arts I enrolled at the relief department of professor Rudolf Pribiš, a student of Otakar Španiel. In his studio I learnt the basics of the relief art from which I can draw support even today. I was certainly influenced also by meeting professor Jozef Kostka and by my work in his studio after graduating at the college.

Could you tell us which coin or medal made you most happy?
This question is very hard to answer. Personally, I have the feeling that the coin designs for which I have the highest regard did not fare well with expert commissions and they will probably have to wait for their recognition. Among those which are known to the public and close to me, there is a coin dedicated to Alfons Mucha, to Prince Pribina of Nitra and also to the Old Town Astronomical Clock in Prague, a Rudolf II medal, which was originally a commemorative coin design for a competition. My most famous coins are probably the circulated Slovak one-euro and two-euro coins.



Another artworks prepared by Ivana Řeháka

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - 155. výročie narodenia striebr... 1 790 Kč
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RABÍ JEHUDA LÖW – návrhy mince 200 Kč - sada II. 3x stř... 8 900 Kč
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PRVNÍ DÁLKOVÝ LET JANA KAŠPARA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - ... 250 000 Kč
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PRVNÍ DÁLKOVÝ LET JANA KAŠPARA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - ... 3 380 Kč
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PRVNÍ DÁLKOVÝ LET JANA KAŠPARA – návrhy mince 200 Kč - ... 8 900 Kč
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Proof - Pražské dukáty - 2 dukát - Chrám sv. Víta Au... 10 890 Kč
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Proof - Pražské dukáty - 2 dukát - Chrám sv. Víta Ag... 585 Kč
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Proof - Pražské dukáty - 1 dukát - Karlov most Au... 5 825 Kč
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Proof - Pražské dukáty - 1 dukát - Karlov most Ag... 395 Kč
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Položení zakladního kamene ke stavbě trojlodí Chrámu sv... 25 950 Kč
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Položení zakladního kamene ke stavbě trojlodí Chrámu sv... 1 790 Kč
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Matěj Kopecký - 240. výročí narození stříbro patina... 1 790 Kč
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Kronika česká Václava Hájka z Libočan - 475. výročí zla... 25 950 Kč
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Kronika česká Václava Hájka z Libočan - 475. výročí stř... 1 790 Kč
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Kráľovské hlavné mesto Praha - zlato 1/2 Oz Proof... 42 950 Kč
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Kráľovské hlavné mesto Praha - zlato 1 Oz Proof... 62 450 Kč
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Kráľovské hlavné mesto Praha - striebro 28 mm Proof... 1 499 Kč
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Kráľovské hlavné mesto Praha - striebro 1 Oz Proof... 5 900 Kč
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Kráľovské hlavné mesto Praha - 1 Oz bk Meď... 199 Kč
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Korunovácia Maximiliána II. - návrhy mince 100 € sada A... 89 450 Kč
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Korunovácia Maximiliána II. - návrhy mince 100 € sada A... 2 390 Kč
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KAREL JAROMÍR ERBEN – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x zla... 250 000 Kč
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KAREL JAROMÍR ERBEN – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stř... 3 380 Kč
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KAREL JAROMÍR ERBEN – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stř... 8 900 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x zlato Proof... 250 000 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 34mm... 3 250 Kč
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JIŘÍ TRNKA – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 1 Oz... 8 900 Kč
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Galileo Galilei - 450. výročie narodenia zlato bk... 25 950 Kč
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Galileo Galilei - 450. výročie narodenia striebro patin... 1 790 Kč
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BENO BLACHUT – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x zlato Proo... 250 000 Kč
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BENO BLACHUT – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 34... 3 190 Kč
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BENO BLACHUT – návrhy mince 500 Kč - sada 3x stříbro 1 ... 8 900 Kč
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