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Pavel Roucka:
   I have such a funny habit - I have been drawing ever since I was a little kid. My father left us when I was a little baby and my mother was spending long hours working. And then she wanted to reward for our patience when she was at work - and her reward was books, friednship based on a deep trust. Me and my brother used to spend most of our time in a Chldren's Milic House where we were taught manual skills. And perhaps it was there where my habit originated - to draw, move my hand to draw nonsense. I love it and so do my children. Wherever I am you may find a heap of papers, all of them with a drawing of some kind. I am a true threat of a litograpfic workshop. When a come there the printers get up, hurry to their tables and try to get their papers away, because I succeeded several times to draw on their invoices. I have been drawing since I could hold the pencil, without skill, without schooling, advice, serious intetion.

Karel Hvizdala:
   When was it that you started to work with pencil and brush consciousely?

Pavel Roucka:
   It was in 1969. At that time I had been grown up, was married once or twice and tried to study at various schools. It was also the year when I stopped with my rowing career. And I started to draw anything related to water or I was painting huge oil compositions influenced by maps - my original profession. Someone told me to call on Manes, because they were preparing some competition or exhibition. I showed them my paintings and I was lucky. I was given a grant - thousand crowns a month. Nobody had an idea that I had never studied creative arts. It was so easy then, just to come in.

Karel Hvizdala:
   Or just to leave the canoe.

Pavel Roucka:
   That's right. I was thinking much more about sports at that time. It was a year in which we won the republic Championship in pentacanoe. And all about it was to be faster for the tip of your canoe. It was great. The speed was , of course, dependent on the way you were paddling and that was a scientific discipline. And here a see a great similarity of sport and arts - in styl and form.

Karel Hvizdala:
   Your paintings are very dynamic, do you think that they are influenced by sport?

Pavel Roucka:
   I a Gemini and the dynamic phases is for this zodiac sign very important. However this may be easily broken and then you serach comfort and sompassion in frienship and peace. My that it is a sort of recharging the batteries, I don't know.

Excerption of the "Trialogue" of Pavel Roucka, Karel Hvizdala
and Ivan Wernisch from the Monograph "Pavel Roucka"



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