(Brno, 1946)

Jiří Valoch is an art theorist, curator, artist and poet. He completed his studies of Czech and German language and aesthetics in 1970 with a thesis on the development and typology of experimental poetry at Masaryk University in Brno.

He has been creating visual poetry since 1963 and has been dealing with various conceptual practices since the early 1970s. Since 1966, he has been working as an art critic, theorist and curator and has participated in numerous events on the unofficial scene.

In Brno in 1968, he organized an exhibition of computer graphics that precedes the famous Tendencies 4 exhibition in Zagreb and Cybernetic Serendipity in London. A year later, he made an exhibition of scores titled Partitury – hudební grafika featuring the most important representatives of Fluxus, George Maciunas, Ken Friedman, Ben Vautier, George Brecht and many others. From 1972 to 2001, he made exhibitions at the House of Arts of the City of Brno (Dom umění města Brna) and from 2002 to 2011 at the National Gallery in Prague.

As a curator in Brno, he organized numerous exhibitions of significant Czechoslovak artists of the unofficial scene. After making the exhibition Contemporary Czech Drawing, he was banned from publishing.

Since 1966, Valoch has been exhibiting his works at numerous solo and group exhibitions in the country and around the world, and from 1968 to 1972, he was a member of the Concretists Club (Klub konkretistů).