Born and raised in rural Iowa, Kasparek received an undergraduate education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Upon graduation he lived in Europe, primarily in Italy and refined his artistic focus.
I lived abroad for a few years. Loved it. Moved back to the good 'ol Midwest.
Since the year 2000, Kasparek has participated in over thirty exhibitions. In addition to his outstanding exhibition record, Kasparek's list of collectors is worldwide. His strongest patrons reside primarily in the midwest region; however, private collections as far as Asia and Europe contain his original works.
I have exhibited all over the world, but regardless of how many shows I have and all the places I go, I am still searching. What good is a resume.... it's all about relationships.
In early 2005, Kasparek and Heuer Publishing formed a new working partnership to develop original art that defines and enhances the plays and musicals that Heuer publishes. Mr. Kasparek has since created over 70 original pieces of art for the playbills and productions.
Lots of illustrations. Lots of time.
Fighting self-destruction in early 2007, Kasparek set his sights on bringing a years old idea to fruition. In March, Kasparek unveiled the UNcover exhibition in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The show consisted of 100 works from 30 artists from fourteen states and three countries. It was deemed a local and personal success.
"Idle hands are the devils workshop." Stay busy and stay sane.
In late August 2008, he moved to the Netherlands where he devoted much of his time to the "Working Man" series. A collection of mixed media paintings that honor the class of men and women he hated saying goodbye to when leaving the USA.
Have you ever been? You should go. Go somewhere. Ante up, sell all your posessions and get out of town. Aren't you suppose to be living life?
In late 2009 Kasparek headed to Saint Louis, Missouri, while working towards his most ambitious project to date. With a working title of "Transformation," leading up to a series of 15 larger than life paintings entitled "The Second Coming of Christ."
Moving to a city where I knew no one in the middle of an economic crisis wasn't, perhaps, the wisest decision. I've done more foolish things. Keep swinging.
In the hot summer of 2015 Kasparek moved across the Mississippi to Alton, IL. Leaving behind brands built, restaurants consulted, public art projects completed and on the horizon. Big things seem to be a brewing, and we are no longer talking about the brewery.
Hated saying goodbye to the city, but I am still close. Time for something new.