Tomáš Vaněk was born in 1966 in Počátky. He lives and works in Prague where he studied in the painting studios of Jiří Sopko and Vladimír Kokolia at the Academy of Fine Arts from 1990-1997 and was a member of the artist group BJ (Bezhlavý jezdec/Headless Horseman) together with fellow students Josef Bolf, Ján Mančuška and Jan Šerých. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Jindřich Chalupecký prize. He has participated in several residency programs abroad, including the Muzeumsquartier in Vienna (2003), Delfina Studios at the Camden Arts Center (2004) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2006). He is also a member of the initiative PAS – Production of Contemporary Art Activities (www.paspage.cz), together with the artist Jiří Skála and curator, Vít Havranek. His most recent work has even taken him to the stage, with his Particip No. 52, Live Score, an interactive music installation and performance made in collaboration with the new-media artist Floex.