Zbynek Semerak, born 1951 Sumperk, Czech Republic, was trained as a textile machinery technician. Too frail, he could not continue this activity, the reason for which he worked for a time as a scene painter in the local theater. Retired early in 1977, and living with his mother, he devoted his time to drawing. His delicate works in distemper, often heightened with gouache or scraped and repainted, recall manuscripts filled with enigmatic writing. They are inspired by historical, architectural or mythical themes, with symbols of different cultures and religions. He died in 2003.