Milan Kohout is originally from The Czech Republic.
Here he got his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was an independen artist in so-called “Second Culture”. Later he becomes a signatory member and art activist of the dissident human rights organization CHARTER 77 (group of mostly artists from “Second Culture” was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1985 and initiated non violent Velvet Revolution which toppled totalitarian regime in 1989).
Following many interrogations he was forced by CZ security police to leave his country in 1986 due to his political art activism. After several years in a refugee camp he was granted asylum in the United States.
In 1993 Milan received his Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Since 1994 Milan has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group (www.Mobius.org). Here he has created many full-scale Performance Art pieces (both collaborative and solo)
His work concentrates mostly on the subject of human rights (recently rights of Roma/ Gypsies) and politics (critique of totalitarian capitalism and fundamentalist religions)
As Mobius Artists Group member he has participated on numerous international art exchange programs and festivals around the world (China, Thailand, Croatia, Taiwan, Czech Rep, Poland, Cuba, USA, Israel etc). and has been the recipient of number of awards, grants, residencies (Grant from The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, Tanne Foundation Annual Award, First Prize at International Theater Festival in Pula, Best National Czech Independent Film Award, Arizona State University residency, PSi conference in London 2006, Art Residency in Israel/ Palestine 2009, etc.)
In August 2009 he was a curator of one week of the 10th Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China. It was the biggest festival of its kind in the history.
In his work for Xantypa Magazine, he has performed many exclusive interviews with world-reknown personalities including Kurt Vonnegut and Noam Chomsky, among others.
He has been teaching classes of Performance Art & Politics at TUFTS University and Massachusetts College of Art and video classes at The New England Institute of Art.
His classes at TUFTS have featured guest lectures by the Czech Ambassador to United States, United Nations Ambassador Martin Palous, and American Ambassador to the Czech Republic, and CEO of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation, John Shattuck.
His memoirs “Proved vola svetem,volem zustane” ISBN 978 -80-904455-4-3, 297 pages, Petr Stengl Print was published in Prague, Czech Republic http://www.czechlit.cz/new-books/proved-vola-svetem-volem-zustane/ http://www.kosmas.cz/knihy/158648/proved-vola-svetem-volem-zustane/
and has been on the top of the nation bestsellers of the biggest Czech book distribution company Kosmas: http://www.kosmas.cz/bestsellers/month/2011-1/1/10/0/oddeleni/
In 2009 He had his retrospective show in Prague in the Gallery ROXY-NoD
In 2011 he had his retrospective solo Show in Brno City Gallery, Czech Republic
In 2012 he had his retrospective Show in Museum of Modern Art in Olomouc, Czech Republic