Short introduction
to the world of Czech Fine art glass sculpture

Since the early middle ages Bohema belonged to the glass making countries. The excellent quality of the material, the individual and artistic processing were the trade marks of the Bohemian glass artists. During the second half of the Fifties, Czech artists detected the capability of glass for expression initiating the origin of the glass sculpture. Since this time the material glass has succeeded as a new art direction, whereby today the Czech glass artists undoubtably belong to the wolrdwide top of this art. The success has its origins in the long tradition as well as in the outstanding and unique ten-year lasting education, which consists in most cases of the studies at one of the glass schools and the subsequent studies at the Prague Academy Of Applied Arts. This comprehensive education implies the perfect skill as well the artistic realization.

Peter Bremers

Peter Bremers is a master of light, depicting the sublimity that occurs in nature in his sculptures. He does not want to imitate or follow, but express his sensitivity to miracles as a person and artist. His fascination for the cultural and natural diversity of our planet is one of his greatest inspirations.

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Andrej Jančovič

Jančovič primarily uses geometric morphology, typically derived from a square surface or cube volume. By using optical glass and its combination with colored glass, he creates ever-changing optical dynamic in fixed static geometric forms, depending on observer´s viewpoint.

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Ivan Illovský

The artist works with glass and metal, using the fragility of glass in his works as a counterpoint to the roughness of the metal. He employs the reflections and their repetitions caused by the transparency of the glass inside and outside the object to generate changing spatial tension depending on the angle.

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Jan Fišar

Jan Fišar completed a classic sculptural education; this can still be clearly seen in his glass objects. A part of his sculptures consisted of complicated compositions of slumped, sunken and cut hollow glass, a technique being unique in the world. With his work he expressed strong philosophical messages.

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Josef Marek

Josef Marek uses the tension within the objects for his artistic meaning. His main focus therefore is on the inner space and he uses the structure and hollow spaces within the object to let it come to life. His philosophy has been formed by his long stay as a professor at Toyama Institute of Glass Art in Japan.
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Alena Matĕjka

The artist Alena Matejka is constantly searching for new methods in glass art. She likes to combine glass with other materials and creates her sculptures in glass as well as in stone and organic materials. She is one of only few artists which take on the challenge of huge glass installations.
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S. Libenský & J. Brychtová

This renowned artistic couple belonged to the initiators of modern glass. By creating their monumental cast glass plastics, Prof. Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová claimed right from the beginning the artistic appreciation that is usually being accorded to a sculptor or a painter in the free arts scene.
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Malvina Middleton

Malvina started to use glass in her work as an established artist whose paintings were in collection of the State Gallery of Cyprus. Her artistic methodology includes patterns, colors, strong expression, and perfectly balanced compositions. She uses glass like blank canvas which she then covers with colored light.
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Aleš Vašíček

After his initial cast glass objects which showed traces of hand shaping, this artist is meanwhile creating very accurate and well-defined glass sculptures. The design of Vašíček’s large objects is often geometric with polished surfaces with a rich variety of shapes and textures.
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Petr Vlček

His geometric sculptures resemble mysterious, communicative signs and seem as though one could communicate by them with alien civilizations. These signs develop on the objects’ surfaces through the interplay of light and shade, or they develop as a result of the object’s construction itself.
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Matyas Pavlik

The artist lived for much of his life in the United States, Mexico and Portugal before returning to his home country. He was artistically inspired by the various cultures. Thus, for example, the time that he spent in Mexico influenced not only his aesthetic style but also his understanding of the importance of colours.

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Eva Vlčková

Eva Vlčková combines the austere architectural form with smooth, round shapes, and thereby achieves a special tension. The translucent reflections that softly shine through the surface additionally shape the inside of the objects soften the severe architecture and give the object soft, feminine contours.
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Tomáš Brzon

The artist works with simple geometrical shapes, reflections and optical illusions using cut and polished glass surfaces. His well thought-out and perfect cut reflects light, creating contours and geometric shapes within the sculpture, in this way he is able to capture the nature of glass using his primary attributes.
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Jan Exnar

Jan Exnar combines the sculptured form with a perfectly cut surface. To shape the forms he makes use of the transparency of the glass and its strong colors. The effects of the light on the cast and cut forms of his glass objects transform them into fascinating, permanently changing monumental sculptures.
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Ivana Houserová

Initially the artist took advantage of the optical characteristics of glass and composed perfectly cut parts to geometrical forms. In her later phase, the objects are based on the form of a circle or a triangle that give an mystical impression due to the expressive surface and the warm colors.
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Jana Voldřichová

This artist belongs to the generation that was teached by Prof. Vladimír Kopecký’s who had a different approach, as he used glass only when he needed it for his artistic message. Jana Voldřichová, uses different materials for her art, such as the wood of lime trees, bronze and glass.
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Bohumíl Eliáš sen.

The main focus of Bohumíl Eliáš’s work was the painting of glass. Another important part consisted of glued, painted and etched glass plates which were subsequently layered upon each other. He thereby created a fascinating visual appearance into the interior of his glass objects.
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Bohumíl Eliáš jun.

The artist’s education as a classical sculptor becomes apparent in his work. For him glass is an equivalent material that he uses together with other sculptural materials, such as bronze, metal or stone etc., thereby taking advantage of the transparency and the reflection of glass for his artistic expression.
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Ilja Bílek

Ilja Bílek is a matured artist, who evaluates his life, artistic and educational experiences in his work. For his technically complicated glass objects, consisting of perfectly cut and glued parts, this artist takes entirely advantage of the properties of the material glass: its transparency and its optical reflection.
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Jaroslav Matouš

His poetic way to look at nature, forms his work in a individual and original manner and philosophically demonstrates the vulnerable connections of our environment. Just as important to him are the details which are not visible at first sight and which get an dominant meaning in his objects.

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Marian Volráb

The principal theme of Marian Volráb is always the human being with its traces and imprints that are hidden within the world’s labyrinth. He find inspiration in the forms that were created by nature itself and through its unlimited possibilities and works radically on the glass surface by using big grinding stones.
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Marek Brincko

Marek Brincko is fascinated by different themes. His Organica Collection integrates the mesh of honeycomb in his sculptures. With its vivid colours, Uranica represents the accumulation of energy in different forms. The Orks series reflects the magic of medieval elements with Gothic arches, pillars and elements.
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Lukas Mjartan

Lukas Mjartan finds inspiration in architectural forms and converts them into high-contrast, rigid geometric works with structural and sometimes even rough gestural elements. Light and the variation in the thickness of the glass mass play with the intensity of the each of the colours that he selects for his work.
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Ivana Šrámková

Ivana seeks her inspiration from indigene people or from the antiquity. For her monumental sculptures she partially renounces the strong characteristics of glass and takes advantage of its colourfulness, whereby the translucency of the glass is limited, due to her manner of modelling the object’s surface.READ MORE

Ivan Mareš

The artist’s large objects, that demand great efforts of time and patience and that take him months to create, using complicated forms and precise planning, are full of a plastic and pictorial force that clearly reveals the tension between the dimensions and the fragility of the material glass.READ MORE

Jaromír Rybák

The artist’s imaginative world can be seen through his glass sculptures. A central motive of the abstract themes in his work mainly is the symbolic of life and death and the four elements. In his figurative works he creates fantastical underwater creatures with strong emotionality and intensive expressions.
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Petr Stacho

The artist Petr Stacho studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague under the world-famous glass artist, painter and teacher Vladimír Kopecký. His artistic career was also materially influenced by a sabbatical at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium), where he attended the Atelier of Monumental Painting.
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Glass Artist : Luba Bakicova

Luba Bakičová

The young artist Luba Bakičová graduated from the studio glass department of University J.E. Purkyně, Ústí and Labem (CZ). The central theme of her work is glass in sculptural art. She focuses on the hidden characteristics of glass and uses a form of the designed experiment, to uncover and visualize them.
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Markéta Šílená

The source of inspiration for Markéta Šílená is glass itself. In her search for nature-like structures fused to form strict geometric shapes, she avoids highly polished aggressive surfaces or vivid colours, deliberately applying muted shades and matte surfaces in her mystical glass sculptures.

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Vladimír Klein

The artist creates his objects using a unique and challenging technique which he developed himself involving the use of a hammer and chisel. He frequently combines the resultant surface structure with perfectly polished surfaces, creating a play of lights which fills his objects with life.

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Lars Widenfalk

The artist works as a sculptor and is considered one of those who have renewed figurative expression in the Nordic sculpture. He works with many materials. He is married to the Czech artist Alena Matejka who introduced him to the crystal glass, a material he often uses in combination with stone.

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Anna Matoušková

Her work consists of architecturally constructed, impressively simple glass plastics made out of cast glass. Her search for the balance between the definite form and the initial idea made her to form architecture out of glass. The consequence is that the titles she chooses for her objects only consist of numbers or letters.READ MORE

Kryštof Rybák

Abstractions give his objects, that were made out mould melded glass, an incomplete, almost unfinished appearance. His independent sculptures are full of irony and liveliness. Sometimes the artist combines various materials with each other, in order to underline the artistic statement.
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I. Racková & D. Suchopárek

The artistic couple studied from 1993-1999 at the University of Applied Arts in Prague. Ingrid Račková studied at the Glass Studio of Prof. Vladimír Kopecký and David Suchopárek at the Glass in Architecture Studio of Prof. Marian Karel. After their studies they founded the IRDS studio in 2001.

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