Who am I?



Jeremiah Palecek

Prague, Czech Republic 


As an art educator and practicing artist, I have devoted my career to nurturing the creative potential within my students. My teaching philosophy extends beyond the foundational techniques of drawing and painting; it encompasses fostering a critical and conceptual engagement with media. This holistic approach ensures that students not only master artistic skills but also develop a nuanced understanding of the role of art in society and its capacity for intellectual inquiry. I currently work as a lecturer in the MA Fine Arts program at Prague City University, and also run my own Atelier called Oko Academy. My youtube channel now has a community of over 30,000 subscribers and led to the creation of a dedicated painting podcast, named “The Painting Podcast”.

In 2021, I utilized my online community to establish Oko Academy, an on-site art school located in Prague. Oko serves as a hub for personalized mentorship and hosts a variety of public events, creating a vibrant community space dedicated to fostering artistic growth and collaboration.My approach combines art history lectures with hands-on workshops, covering a wide range of tools and techniques. My own art is represented by Giampietro Gallery and has been showcased in museums including The Pompidou and Schirn Kunsthalle, with my journey highlighted in media from NPR to Wired.


Oko Academy, Prague
Founder & Director
2021 – Present

  • Established and lead an innovative art school offering personalized mentorship, workshops, and public events to foster artistic collaboration and growth.

Prague City University
Lecturer and Mentor, MA Fine Arts
2020 – Present

  • Facilitate advanced art courses, emphasizing critical thinking, conceptual engagement, and practical skills in fine arts. Mentored MA students directly. 

University of Colorado Boulder
Teaching Fellow
2020 – 2021
Part-Time Instructor
2016 – 2019

  • Developed and delivered curriculum in various art disciplines, focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of art education.

Prague College
Principal Lecturer
2006 – 2016

  • Led foundational and advanced courses, specializing in visual culture and experimental studies in art and design.


Dateline, Denver, Colorado, USA,  2020 Curated by Jeromie Dorrance

Dark Matter Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 2016 Curated by Gangaanai Ganbaatar

Styx Project Space, Berlin, Germany 2008 Curated by Michael Rade

Utopia Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 2007 Curated by Jakub Hosek

NoD Experimental Space, Prague, Czech Republic 2004 Curated by Rene Rohan

Meduza Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic 2003


• Faces and Featurss, Supersonic Art, online exhibition, April 2023, curated by Zach Tutor

• NFCastles, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 2022

Hurd Gallery, Albuquerque NM, April 2022

• NFCastle, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague, Czech Republic, Sept 2021

• GIFC, Dateline Gallery, Denver, Colorado, April 2019

• Giardino Surreale, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, Colorado, Feb 2019

• Palecek, Ramon, Vinsel, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, Nov 2018

• Monsters, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester, Connecticut,  March 2018

• Mixed Messages , Boulder Museum , Boulder , Colorado, Jan. 2018

•New Visions, French Institute Prague, Prague, Czech Republic May 2016

Giampietro Gallery 2015-2016

Proces International Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic 2006 Curated by Mark Divo

Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA 2002



  • Pompidou Metz, France
  • Musee de l’Elysee, Switzerland
  • Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


• Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (Foundations)

• Glasgow School of Art

• School of the Art Institute of Chicago – BFA

• University of Colorado Boulder – MFA


New American Paintings , Issue #144 , West 

Volume 10 Friend of The Artist. March 2020

Jacquelyn Gleisner , Palecek, Ramon, Vinsel, a Review, Connecticut Art Review Nov. 2018 

Laura Feinstein, Jeremiah Palecek, “Talks Net Surrealism” In the Czech Republic, Creators Project, Vice.January 28, 2014 

Travis Jeppesen, Jeremiah Palecek, “STYX Project Space”, White Hot Magazine, September 2008

 Jeremiah Palecek, “Bryant Park Project”, Painter Spreads Internet Memes in Oil, National Public Radio

 March 12, 2008 Clive Thompson, “Half Life and the Muse”, Art Discovers the World of Games, WIRED

July 30th, 2007 Clive Thompson, “Still Life with Super Mario Brothers”, Print Magazine

 July, 2007 Ami Kealoha,  Jeremiah Palecek, “Dreams of Video Games”, Coolhunting, June, 2006


My Atelier: oko.academy

Free Painting Course: http://painting-course.com 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/paintingcourse 

Painting Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1MbpCEBawYnoMFQfbpPFyN