Vladimir Skoda is a sculptor born in 1942 in Prague in Tchech Republic.
He lives and works in Paris since 1968.
He grew up with a special interest in mathematics and physics and he was also interested in manual work, he did training as a turner-milling and at the same time, he studied drawing. When he was 26 he came to Paris and decided to stay in France to study Arts. The French artist Cesar was one of his teachers and he started working with iron wire. From 1975 he started forging iron and steel, changing his relationship with these materials. In the work of this period appeared simple shapes, “balls”, “tops”, “pyramids”.
Later on Vladimír Škoda was inspired by the vibrating and rotating motion of the mirror where he was able to obtain the vision of infinity in motion beside the distorted image of the surroundings. The important aspect of this issue presents the series of vibrating and turning mirrors Miroir du temps (Time mirror) being produced from 1999 and introduced in 2006 at the exhibition Specchio del tempoin Spoleto, Italy and in 2007 at the exhibition Fourth dimension in Veletržní palác of the National Gallery in Prague.
In 2013 Vladimír Škoda launched the exhibition in Espace d’art contemporain André Malraux in Colmar, the series of the exhibitions in France, Germany and in the Czech Republic. The entire series is accompanied by a monograph called de l’intérieur (from the inside), which offers an overview of the artist’s work from the nineties to the present time.
When working with metals, Vladimír Škoda uses different processes and technologies such as the interference, magnetism, polarity and lighting configurations. During his long carrier he has worked as a professor at École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Le Havre and in Marseille, later at École des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. His work is represented in collections, for example in Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, the National Gallery in Prague and Central Bohemian Gallery in Kutná Hora (GASK) and Gemaldegalerie Neue Meister in Dresden, as well as in many public and private collections in France, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic.
His exhibitions at the gallery
“Small is beautiful” from December 8, 2016 to January 14, 2017
from September 11 to October 29, 2016