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Jiri Borsky was born in Dobrany, Czech republic (formerly Czechoslovakia), in 1945. He spent his childhood in rural surroundings and at the age of 15 he moved with his parents to Prague, where he lived and studied for the next eight years. Among the early, and lasting, influences were the l4th century Czech Gothic panel paintings, he saw at the National Gallery. Jiri’s first one-man exhibition was held in Malostranska Beseda, Prague, in 1966.
Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Jiri came to England and soon found employment as a draughtsman with Wedgewood. In 1975 he became a British citizen and enrolled to study painting at Staffordshire University, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in 1979. Since then he has painted full time. He is passionately interested in music and frequently finds his inspiration in music related themes. Jiri has exhibited widely and his works are in many collections in Britain and abroad.