The artist of many faces
Oldřich Šimáček was born in Prague on September 2, 1919. After graduating from the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague, where he studied decorative painting with professors J. Bendy, Z. Kratochvíl and F. Kysela, he got his first engagement at the then Czech Theatre in Olomouc. He worked here in the years 1942-1959 as a stage designer and head of the ensemble. In 1959 he returned to Prague as a set designer at the National Theatre where he worked until his retirement in 1988.