Ivana Šrámková

Graduated from the High School of Applied Arts in Glassmaking in Železný Brod, Czechoslovakia, 1981. Graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1988.

She was awarded the Prague Glass Prize, 1991, granted by the Heller Gallery in New York, one of the most prestigious galleries specializing in glass art.

She has participated in 42 solo exhibitions and 65 group exhibitions, including: Modern Czech Glass Art, the Glasmuseum Immenhausen, Germany, 1990; Four Glass Schools, the Art Glass Centre International, Schalkwijk, the Netherlands, 1995; Skin of Glass, the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan, 1997; Prague Art Fair, Galerie Mánes, Prague, the Czech Republic, 2007; the Heller Gallery, New York, USA, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2012.

Her works are represented in several museums and public collections, including: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, USA; the Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains, mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland; the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland; and the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan.

She looks to nature for inspiration. Her sculptures are three-dimensional distillations of basic figurative forms, both animal and human. She believes that searching for means of artistic expression in a globalized world filled with modern technologies has driven creative output to what seems like the limits of communicability and comprehensibility, and that a return to figuration is just a simple reaction to this fact.