Pravoslav Sovak is born in Vyoské, Mýto, East Bohemia.
His family moves to Plzeň, an industrial city in West Bohemia.
During World War II Sovak is excluded from studying at all secondary schools of the protectorate of Bohemia. He temporarily works as a laborer at a kaolin plant.
Attends private school for art and design in Prague. Receives a grant to study at the School of Ceramics in Bechyně.
Meets art historian Vincenç Kramář.
Sovak completes his final secondary-school examinations in the summer in Prague and attends the Academy of Fine Arts there. In the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University Prague, Sovak attends lectures on art history and aesthetics. He produces his first drypoint etchings and drawings.
Travels to Paris and hitchhikes across France.
In times of political changes in the country, varying occupations, such as mine work, building dams and steel works. Produces very few drawings.
Marries Hana Slavíková.
Moves to the district of Smichov, Prague. Begins experimenting with etching.
Travels to Venice, Paris and throughout Egypt.
Exhibition at Václav Špála Gallery, Prague; also at the gallery at Biberstrasse, Vienna and in the Kunstverein Klagenfurt. Sovak, however, is not allowed to leave Czechoslovakia.
Travels to Moscow and Leningrad. Designs costumes for film.
A solo exhibition of his work is held at the Kunstverein Kassel. Travels to Kassel, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg and Copenhagen.
Is awarded the Folkwang-Press prize in Essen. Meets Mark Tobey. Purchases an old mill which he converts into a studio over the course of several years.
Works with the Danish lithographer Sorensen. Receives first prize in the Triennial of colored graphics in Grenchen, Switzerland.
Leaves Bohemia during the Prague Spring. Meets Gert Schegulla.
Moves to Switzerland. An exhibition of his work is held at the Museum of Decorative Arts, Zurich where he works as a lecturer for two years.
His first exhibition in the United States is held at the Print Club, Philadelphia. Begins spending time in New York, California and Arizona. Begins Indirect Messages, a sixteen-piece folio.
A retrospective of his work is held at Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Luebeck. His work is included in “Art and Politics,” an exhibition organized by the Kunsthalle Basel.
Indirect Messages is purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He participates in the Venice Biennale. The Kunstverien Mannheim organizes a retrospective exhibition of his work.
Travels in the deserts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
Becomes a professor of Graphic Arts at the University of Applied Art and Design, Cologne.
A solo exhibition is held at Achim Moeller, Ltd., London. Begins his Museum Pictures series.
Relocation to Hergiswil in the Swiss canton Nidwalden. Exhibition of the Associated American Artists at the Print Club, Philadelphia.
Participation in the exhibition “Printed Art – A View of two Decades” at Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Complete retrospective at Kunstverein Mannheim. Exhibition in tandem with the International Music Festival, Lucerne. Exhibition at Atelier Lambert Gallery, Paris.
Solo exhibition at Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York.
Lives and works in Paris.
Inaugural exhibition at Art Museum Stans with a retrospective of Sovak’s graphic work.
Retrospective "Zeitstreit“ held at Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin with a Catalogue Raisonné of the graphic works (1958–1994).
Retrospective held at the National Gallery, Prague.
"Sovak. Gravures et dessins," Pavillion des Arts, les Musées de la Ville de Paris.
Retrospective exhibition is held at the Albertina, Vienna.
"Sovak. Walls and other Works," Nildwaldner Museum, Stans.
Retrospective at Leopold Hoesch-Museum Düren, at the Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, and at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
Solo exhibition “Themes & Variations„ at Moeller Fine Art, Berlin. Included in “From Warhol to Richter – In between Photography and Printmaking,” Museum Folkwang, Essen.