Adriena Šimotová was a Czech painter, graphic designer and sculptor. She graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. She was one of the artists associated with the UB 12 group. In 1953 she married her fellow student, the painter, illustrator and graphic designer Jiří John. Around the year 1970 she began creating work in the style of the “new figuration”. In the 1970s and 1980s she could only exhibit her work unofficially. She usually created her work using crushed, cut and torn paper and textiles. She used different techniques such as frottage, textile collage, printing and pigment drawing. The events from her life featured heavily in her work, such as the Second World War, the premature death of her husband, Jiří John (1972), and their son (1994). Adriena Šimotová’s work can be found in many national as well as international museums and galleries, including in the collection of the Georges Pompidou Centre Museum of Modern Art in Paris. In addition to art, Adriena Šimotová was also involved in literature. Her texts and poems from 1945–1997 were published in 1997 under the title “A Head for Browsing“.