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3rd annual contest for the most beautiful Painting for Fenix is here

Dear artists,
the contest for the most beautiful Painting for Fenix has begun. ParaCENTER Fenix has launched the third annual contest which will culminate in the Auction for Fenix, the proceeds from which will go towards the services provided to our clients after spinal cord injuries.

The works of art are reviewed in a two-stage appraisal process. First, the submitted paintings are judged by an expert committee consisting of artists, gallerists and fine art experts: Katherine Kastner (Hunt Kastner Galerie), Lucia Lettenmayerová (Collett Prague/Munich), Denisa Kujelová (Fait Gallery), František Kinský (Kinský Art Media) and Michal Horáček (Czech lyricist and producer). Next, the general public is invited to vote for their favorite work of art on Facebook. Six of the most successful artists (three from the youngest kids’ category, three from among the older participants) will be ceremoniously awarded their prizes at the benefit Auction for Fenix event at the Reduta Theater in the fall of 2022.

The selected finalists of the contest will be provided with an opportunity to showcase their paintings in exclusive venues. In 2021, the works of art were exhibited in the Reduta Theater and subsequently at the magnificent Renaissance palace that is the House of the Lords of Lipá, located at Brno’s central náměstí Svobody (Freedom Square). This year’s contest will culminate in the benefit Auction for Fenix which will take place in the Reduta Theater’s wonderful Mozart Ballroom.

Finding the most beautiful painting is not the only goal of the contest: it is also to help facilitate mutual inspiration and cross-pollination among young artists; and to foster in the kids an appreciation of art, our responsibility for the world and the power of good deeds. The donated paintings will remain part of ParaCENTER Fenix’s art collection, to be used in benefit exhibitions and auctions for charitable purposes. All the proceeds always go towards the services for Fenix’s clients. ParaCENTER Fenix has been providing services to people with spinal cord injuries in Brno and its surroundings for almost 18 years.

If you have the talent and the desire to enter the contest, please send your work of art to the following address (no later than March 15, 2022):
Ivana Kovaříková, ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z.s., Polní 780/92, 639 00 Brno
In case of any questions, you can send an email to

Rules of the collection

Organizer: ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z.s.
Theme: any/not specified
Format: painting
Painting technique: any/not specified

Terms and conditions of participation

All pupils and students under 19 years of age are eligible to participate.
One author can submit more works, in different techniques.
Only original works of art will be accepted. Reproductions, photocopies, or digital copies will not be reviewed.
All works of art donated to the contest become the property of ParaCENTER Fenix. By submitting them, you express your agreement with their being used for charitable purposes.


1 January 2022 – official opening of the contest and the collection drive
15 March 2022 – closing date for painting donations
1 April – 30 April 2022 – review and evaluation by the expert committee
16 May 2022 – announcement of the committee’s selection of nominated paintings
till 30 June 2022 –first benefit exhibition
till 30 November 2022 – contest for the most beautiful Painting for Fenix
till 30 November 2022 – second benefit exhibition, Auction for Fenix and awards ceremony
till 31 January 2023 – third benefit exhibition

Signing your work of art

Please use the label attached here to mark your painting.

Every submission must have the following information on its back side:

  • First name, last name
  • Age
  • Name of the painting
  • Technique used
  • Name and address of the school or other entity which is submitting the work of art

Please fill out the label legibly in block letters. Please specify the name and email address of the teacher who will be our main point of contact. We would appreciate if you could comment on the circumstances of the creative process behind each painting – what assignment was given to the kids at the beginning, and what impulse led the kids to paint their art pieces the way they did.


Mgr. Ivana Kovaříková, Ph.D.
ParaCENTRUM Fenix, z.s.
Street: Polní 780/92
City: Brno
Zip code: 639 00
Country: Czech Republic
Mobile: + 420 734 873 207

Painting exhibition at the Reduta Theater

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, we held the opening ceremony of our painting exhibition at the Reduta Theater in Brno. Besides being a feast for the eyes, the event also satisfied the tastes of music, food and wine connoisseurs. The visitors were served a wonderful musical performance by the choir of Gymnázium P. Křížkovského. Our taste buds were attended to by the Nešpor & Rajský winery and the Carlini Caffetteria catering services. Without a doubt, the main attraction were the 40 beautiful works of art donated to us by young artists from all over the Czech Republic.

If you missed the opening, don’t be sad – the paintings will be exhibited at Reduta until November 12, 2021. Is Reduta too far off for you? No problem: in collaboration with Streetview, we are bringing you a virtual tour of the exhibition from the comfort of your home. Furthermore, should some of the paintings catch your eye, you will be able to purchase them in a silent auction. The starting price of each artwork is CZK 1,000. You can join the auction at Proceeds from the event will go towards the furtherance of services provided by ParaCENTER Fenix.

Charity flourishes post-COVID, too

May 20 – June 6, 2021, saw the second annual benefit Auction for Fenix relegated to the online sphere due to the anti-epidemic measures. Over 260 paintings from 17 elementary and secondary schools and art schools from Brno and other regions of the country found their way into the collection. The final selection for the auction of 70 artworks was handpicked by a panel of experts (Katherine Kastner, Lucia Lettenmayerová, Denisa Kujelová, František Kinský and Michal Horáček). Against all odds, we were able to raise nearly CZK 120,000. Proceeds from the event will go towards the rehabilitation of our clients at ParaCENTER Fenix, which has been helping people with spinal injuries for 17 years.

Engaging young artists in charitable efforts is a way to show kids that art can support good causes, even at a very early age. Young people donate their paintings to the benefit Auction for Fenix and our ParaCENTER Fenix promotes young talent through a benefit exhibition, reaching out to foreign entities and expatriate associations in the Czech Republic and abroad. The main mission is to showcase up-and-coming Czech artists who can inspire the world. The project also included an online “Painting for Fenix” contest which began in early May and allowed people to vote for their favorite artwork on Facebook. 678 individuals awarded a total of 8,439 Likes. The winner received 472 votes, and all the paintings were subsequently auctioned off in collaboration with Auction House Zezula and under the auspices of the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation, VIZE 97. The total proceeds, including the post-auction sales, amounted to CZK 117,300. The highest bid of CZK 7,500 was paid for a painting of a 14-year-old lady. One of the auctioned works is going to find its new home all the way in France. “The online Auction for Fenix was this year’s first benefit event we decided to organize after a yearlong suspension. Just like any online auction, the Auction for Fenix had a thrilling finale. Hundreds and thousands of crowns started swishing through the ether particularly in the final minutes, which made the event exciting to the very end. By purchasing a painting, the public could not only support the operation of ParaCENTER Fenix, but also boost the confidence and foster the talent of young artists who did not hesitate and donated to our auction. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bidders, partners, and especially the kids that participated in the collection drive. We are hoping everyone will continue working with us next year and we firmly believe that next year’s will be a genuine in-person Auction for Fenix without COVID-19 restrictions,” said Mgr. Ivana Kovaříková, Ph.D., Auction for Fenix project coordinator.

We are looking for the most beautiful “Painting for Fenix”

Beauty is a volatile illusion. It demands amazement and admiration. We all have an idea of what beauty is, but each of us perceives it differently. Come admire beauty with us and help select the most beautiful “Painting for Fenix”.
The paintings for the contest were selected by some of the most influential personalities of Czech culture (František Kinský, Michal Horáček, Katherine Kastner, Lucia Lettenmayerová, and Denisa Kujelová). They nominated 70 paintings painted by primary, secondary, and art schools students from all over the Czech Republic, who donated their paintings in order to do a good deed and support ParaCENTRUM Fenix.

Voting will take place on our Facebook page throughout the month of May. The paintings are divided into two categories – younger students (age: 5-11) and older students (age: 12-18). The painting with the most likes wins. The first three places in each category will win valuable prizes (for which we would like to thank, Centropen and PAPÍRNY BRNO). The winners will be announced on Children’s Day (June 1, 2021) on our Facebook page and the website

The collection of paintings will be auctioned during the charity event Auction for Fenix taking place from May 20 to June 6, 2021. The event will be held on the auction portal under the auspices of the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 and the Zezula Auction House. Pick your favorite painting and join the auction! The proceeds will go to ParaCENTRUM Fenix so it could provide physical therapy to its clients. Fenix has been helping its clients who suffered spinal cord injuries for 17 years now.

Thank you for your vote and support!

Auction for Fenix online this year!

The non-profit organization ParaCENTRUM Fenix is currently preparing the second annual charity auction of paintings painted by young artists. The auction aims to connect two worlds – young artists and the handicapped. Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide physical therapy to people who suffered spinal cord injuries in the past. The jury of experts (Katherine Kastner, Lucia Lettenmayerová, Denisa Kujelová, František Kinský, and Michal Horáček) selected the 70 most interesting paintings out of the 260 paintings received (from 17 primary, secondary, and art schools in Brno and other Czech regions). Due to the current epidemic situation, the auction will take place on-line from 20 May to 6 June under the auspices of the Zezula Auction House and Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97.

The first year of the auction organized by ParaCENTRUM Fenix was a success and the organization does not intend to give up on their aim to promote young artists this year either. The auction will take place this year as well – this time online. “This year is totally unprecedented. Schools were closed most of the time and that is why we appreciate even more that, despite all the obstacles, students and pupils managed to paint their paintings and donated them to ParaCENTRUM Fenix, for which we thank them very much. We believe that their artworks for a good cause will be rewarded by a well-attended online auction and its ultimate positive outcome. Proceeds will once again be used to provide services, especially physical therapy, to clients who had suffered spinal cord injuries. Physical therapy is being provided despite the epidemic situation; therefore, the financial support is particularly needed,” said the director of ParaCENTRUM Fenix Michal Odstrčil.

ParaCENTRUM Fenix received more than 260 paintings from 17 secondary, primary, and art schools based in Brno as well as other regions. The evaluation was undertaken by a five-member jury consisting of influential Czech show business figures and leading gallerists: nobleman František Kinský, Czech songwriter and music producer Michal Horáček, Czech-American gallerist Katherine Kastner – Hunt Kastner Gallery, Fait Gallery’s art director Denisa Kujelová, and founder of the private gallery COLLETT Prague | Munich, a.s. Lucia Lettenmayerová. A public contest for the most beautiful “Painting for Fenix” is also included in the project. Winners will be rewarded and published on the website The charity event Auction for Fenix will take place from 20 May to 6 June 2021 on the website under the auspices of the Auction House Zezula and Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97.

Contact us

Ivana Kovaříková, ParaCENTRUM Fenix, 734 873 207,
Alena Jankotová, 724 725 427,

Katherine Kastner

Katherine was born in the United States – her mother emigrated there from the Czech Republic to flee the communist regime. After 1989, Katherine moved to the Czech Republic and has been living in Prague for almost thirty years now. In 2005, she and Camille Hunt founded a private art gallery called Hunt Kastner that is now one of the most successful art galleries in Czechia. Its aim is to exhibit contemporary art (mainly Czech) and support both older and younger generations of artists while introducing them to the art world abroad.

Lucia Lettenmayerová

Lucia Lettenmayerová is a board member of COLLETT Prague | Munich, a.s., a company creating collections of artworks across centuries. In 2017, she opened a private art gallery exhibiting mainly contemporary artworks by both Czech and foreign artists.

Denisa Kujelová

Denisa Kujelová is a theoretician and curator who founded Fait Gallery, where she has been working as art director and chief curator since 2011. She initiated several projects concerning galleries, art exhibitions, and education. She also organized several dozen exhibitions by both Czech and foreign artists, such as Milan Grygar, Jan Merta, Vladimír Kokolia, and various Czech and Slovak conceptualists.

František Kinský

František Kinský was born on December 27, 1947 in Hradec Králové as Maria František Emanuel Jan Sylvester Alfons, Count Kinsky of Vchynice and Tetov. He is a descendant of the Kostelec branch of this aristocratic family and the eldest son of Count Josef Kinsky of Vchynice and Tetov and Bernadetta Kinsky (née Merveldt). František is a family property administrator and active entrepreneur. He is the owner of the Forest Management and Administration of Kinsky Castles; Písník Kinsky that mines sand on the family-owned land; and also a co-owner of Cihelna Kinsky, a member of the Austrian Wienerberger group. He continues to invest the means earned from his businesses in further aggrandizement of the New Castle (Nový zámek, Kostelec nad Orlicí).

Michal Horáček

Thirty years of working with Petr Hapka brought about many successful musical projects (“Album of the year” and “Song of the year” nominations and six won awards). Later on, Michal Horáček won three Anděl awards for his solo projects. He made his debut as a poet with a collection of ballades Český kalendář, which became one of the most sought-after poetry works and was even published in various Czech poetry anthologies. He dedicates his life to art creation and, above all, education. He graduated from Macalester College (USA) and later successfully pursued both master’s and doctoral degree at the Faculty of Humanities at the Charles University in Prague. Currently, he is studying Art History there at the Faculty of Arts.

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612 00 Brno

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Polní 780/92
639 00 Brno

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