Ira Svobodova is an emerging Czech visual artist born in 1986 in Prague. Svobodova studied fine art at the Rio de Janeiro State University and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she graduated in Michael Rittstein’s painting studio in 2012.
Inspired by avant-garde architecture which has been close to her heart since an early age Ira Svododova plays with the possibilities and impossibilities of blurring the line between two- and three-dimensional spaces in her paintings and occasional sculptures and photographs.
Svododova prefers an impressive abstract conception in which she deals with principles of geometry, constructivism and spatial and light effects. She never mixes individual colours and achieves her pure colour tones through a special laborious technique of layering acrylic gels. Ira then outlines the space with colorful lines that act like luminous lasers sectioning off different parts of the room.
In some of Ira’s latest body of work, she makes a shift in her painting exploring the themes such as blended spatial dimensions and hidden anticipation of only partially uncovered places. Her series of work made in 2015, Noir and Papercut, show the new direction which is balanced yet unsettling – implementing optical deceptions that teeter on the edge of abstract and recognizable, between 2D and 3D spaces. Ira’s modernist compositions bring together geometry and abstraction as she plays with the properties of space and light.
Ira Svododova has already made her mark at both domestic and international art fairs and exhibitions. She has been showing her work alongside celebrated artists such as Richard Prince, Mary Heilmann and Ryan McGinley. Svododova has held her first US show, entitled White Space, at Laguna Beach’s CES Contemporary in California in 2013.
Her work has been displayed in the Czech National Gallery of Modern Art and in the Ministry of Culture in Prague.
While representing CES Contemporary at VOLTA NY 2015, her presentation was listed as a top ten “must see” booth at the fair by Artnet, and was recently placed on top 7 artists to buy now by Saatchi chief curator Rebecca Wilson. Her pieces are included in many private collections.
Ira Svobodova lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
|Year||Name of the exhibition||Museum/Gallery||Solo/Group|
|2015||Papercut & Noir||VOLTA NY, New York, NY, USA||Solo|
|2015||Papercut||Ingredients, Prague, Czech Republic||Solo|
|2014||10th Annual Thanksgiving Collective – Attitudes||Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, NY, USA||Group|
|2014||Burst||CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA, USA||Group|
|2014||Art Prague 2014||Franz Kafka House, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2013||White Space||CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA, USA||Solo|
|2013||Heaven & Hell||Microna, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2013||Future Tense||CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA, USA||Group|
|2013||Blurred Interface||Gallery Kvalitar, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2013||Salon d’Art||The River Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia||Group|
|2013||Pink And Dangerous||ArtPadSF 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA||Group|
|2013||Scope Art Fair NYC 2013||New York, NY||Group|
|2012||Urban||The Chemistry Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Solo|
|2012||Clique||CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA, USA||Group|
|2012||Continue To Continue||CES Contemporary, Laguna Beach, CA, USA||Group|
|2012||AVU Diploma Show 2012||National Gallery, Trade Fair Palace, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2012||Ein Dutzend Jahre Malerei III||Velvyslanectni Czech Republic, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|2012||Concentrate V. - A4||Gallery Crux, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Group|
|2012||Designblok 12||Clam-Gallas Palace, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2012||Small Formats||5s Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2012||Sculpture Now||Ministry of Culture, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2012||Flat Mad Collector||AMoYA, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2012||Way Around||Cooltour, Ostrava, Czech Republic||Group|
|2011||Levels of Contemporary Abstraction||Prague City Gallery, House at Golden Ring, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2011||Paraphrase of Modernity||Uffo Gallery, Trutnov, Czech Republic||Group|
|2011||Artbanka Kick Off||Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2010||Artycok. TV Art Fair||Meetfactory Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2010||Juicy Link||Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2010||Instant Dinner||Avoid Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2008||Beira.||Jet Set, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2008||KGBxVB||Hall C, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2008||Artbeat Festival||Arts Depot, London, England||Group|
|2008||New Media II||Czech National Bank, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2008||LinhArt Festival||Dolni Pocernice Castle, Czech Republic||Group|
|2006||Six||Prague House of Photography, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2006||Trafo Gallery Opening||Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|
|2002||Den in Garden||Dobeska, Prague, Czech Republic||Group|