Sculptor Alex Kveton MFA was born in town of Ostrava, Czech Republic. From the beginning of his career he was endowed with two different points of view. His father guided him to master the timeless artisan technique, while his mother introduced him to the world of artistic imagination. After graduation from the Technical School of Machinery Construction he followed his inner voice and enrolled the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague, department sculpture and industrial design.
At the academy he learned a fine sense of material and precision in processing, as well as absolute exploitation of the forming qualities and characteristics of material. He designed forms of machines and tools from the giant mining excavators to miniature medals.
In 1978 he obtained artist-in-residence in the Vitkovice Steel, presenting his sculptures of steelworkers and welders in several exhibitions. At the same time he took part in great exhibitions of the Czech Artist Association, followed by series of collective exhibitions. He collaborated with architects on small details as well as monumental comissions for architecture. One of the colaborative projects was an installation of creatively designed interior fountain in Wedding Hall of a City Hall. While working on this project, Alex demonstrated a special sense for the timeless techniques in metal art and craft, which became his lifelong endeavor.
In following years he affirmed his exceptional sense for expression of shape in the monumental sculptures made of copper, as well as several other public commissions.
During his studies, Alex was able to experience the contrast of booming of Prague baroque, balanced with the monumental to rigorous temperance of the gothic beauty of Prague. Its inimitable face, interwoven with Art Nouveau and modernist styles, all this uncovered the possibility to experiment with forming assets of a sheet metal. Instead of classical casting of modeled shapes, Alex came to prefer shaping of sharp sheet of metal into neat shapes by means of disciplined curves. The centuries old experience of Prague all eras artisans, led him to more artistic use of a ductile resources.
When Alex Kveton achieved a recognition as a mature sculptor, medalist and designer, he left his homeland and traveled to Austria, where he dealt with a number of public commissions. Perhaps because, he felt his rational position of a designer, equal to the role of a sculptor, able to express content and to carry a spiritual message, that totalitarian regime at home was not willing to tolerate, he decided in 1983 settle permanently in New York City. e began a challenging and very successful artistic career as a director of Art Division at one of the leading art and architectural metal fabricators in the United States. He applied his knowledge, expertise, and talent to transform vision of some well known artists into reality. At the same time he continues to create his art and carries out a series of exhibitions
He is represented in several private and public collections in North & South America, Europe and Russia. His sculpture of Porcupine Caribou, a Corten-steel ten foot tall structure, is in a permanent collection of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. Museum of Modern Art in New York has in its permanent collection of Architecture and Design "Titanium AlgoRythms Columns" designed and coauthored by Alex Kveton.
The contemporary style of Alex Kveton's work was clearly born of his family upbringing tradition as well as the tradition of artistic education. Both, an abstract shape and symbolist's content are finding its implementation in his artistic approach. So what inspires Alex Kveton today? Nature in its simplicity and beauty, nature with its magnificent structures and creations no one is able to imitate. Nature with its richness of minerals, thanks to which author learned the beauty and capabilities of metal, indispensable partners of his work. Through their magic he creates a very distinctive type of beauty, paves his own path to take initiative, where the nature has completed its work, he humbly takes it into his hands and with a professional courage he uses it to create something very beautiful and very magical.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- ASK Gallery, Kingston, NY - 2016 - Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Garden, FL (solo sculpture)- 2015 - Gallery 1, Prague, Czech Republic -2013 - Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY (solo sculpture)- 2013, 2015 - Galerie Beseda, Ostrava, Czech Republic -2012 - Marleau Gallery, Saugerties, NY (solo sculpture) -2012 - Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL -2012 - RVS Fine Art, Southampton, NY -2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 - Doghouse Gallery, Saugerties, NY -2011 - 721 Gallery, Kingston, NY-2011 - Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY-2010 - Union Mills Gallery, Catskill, NY -2009 - Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, NY -2008 - Hudson Gallery West, Hoboken, NJ -2005 - Czech Center Gallery, NYC, NY -1999 - Alten Herrenhause and Gallery, Kilb, Austria -1982 - Raiffeisen Bank, St. Polten, Austria -1982
SELECTED GROUP AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS
- Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY - Red Dot Miami, FL - Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Gardens, FL - Chasen Galleries, Richmond, VA - Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY - MAC Fine Art, Ft.Lauderdale, FL - ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY - Marleau Gallery, Saugerties, NY - The Gallery At The Factory, Saugerties, NY - Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, NY - Rye Art Center, Rye, NY - Boscobel House & Gardens, Cold Spring, NY - John Raimondi Gallery, Rockport, MA - The National Arts Club, NYC, NY - Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY - Winston Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY - Clove Church Studio & Gallery, Saugerties, NY - Oriole 9, Woodstock, NY - Artefact Gallery, Lake Worth, FL - Tomlyn Gallery, Tequesta, FL - Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock, NY - Chase Edwards Gallery, Oyster Bat, NY - Towbin Museum, Woodstock, NY - OPUS 40 Gallery, Saugerties, NY - Chasen Galleries, Charlotte, NC - RVS Gallery, Southampton, NY - Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY - ArtExpo, New York, NY - The Spot Gallery, Art Basel Miami, FL - Ed Chasen Gallery, Washington DC - Michael Nelson Gallery, Saugerties, NY - The National Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY - Lurie Fine Art, Miami, FL - Highland Sculpture Gallery, Carmel, CA - Catskills Gallery, Saugerties NY - A-Forest Gallery, New York, NY - Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT - Gallery Du Soleil, Tarrytown, NY - Trowbridge-Lewis Galleries, Middleburg, VA - Delaware Museum of Natural History, DE - CS.Schulte Gallery, Milburn, NJ - Museum Of Art, Ostrava, Czech Republic - Czech Sculptors Associates, Czech Republic - Gallery Dilo, Prague, Czech Republic - "Young Artists and Industry", Vitkovice Steel, Ostrava, CR - "Artists of Moravian Region", Olomouc, CR - "Young Artists in Prague", Prague, CR
AWARDSUnited States Patent 6,640,605 B2, coauthor, Non-deformational bending of metal New York Foundation for the Art, Grand Marry O Fritchie Art Show, Best in Sculpture Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Best in Show Cambridge Who's Who, Life time Membership Marry O Fritchie Art Show, Best in Sculpture Woodstock Artists Ass. & Museum, The People's Choice Award Cooperstown Art Association, National Exhibition, Best in Sculpture Artist Talk on Art, Annual Competion Curator's Choice
MAJOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONSMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NY Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA National Gallery, Prague, CR Museum of Art, Ostrava, CR
SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONSCatskills Garden Club, Leggio Park,Catskills, NY ("Winter Flower) Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA ("Porcupine Caribou") Raiffeisen Bank, St.Polten, Austria ("Fountain") Chamber of Commerce, Tarrytown, NY ("Headless Horseman" design & artist proof) Lechner Food Chain, Austria ("Bronze relief & Sign") Castle Restaurant, Opava, Czech Republic ("Bronze sculpture") City Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic ("Fountain") Vitkovice Steel, Czech Republic ("Man of Steel" -sculpture series) Bohumin Steel, Czech Republic ("Award Medals") Department store, Ostrava, Czech Republic ("Relief") Executive office of Garment Factory, Fridek-Mistek, Czech Republic ("Relief") Vitkovice Steel, Czech Republic ("Entrance Wall Relief") Shopping Center, Ostrava, Czech Republic ("Sundial") High School, Karvina, Czech Republic ("Spring Blossom") North Moravian Power Plant, Czech Republic ("Wall Relief")
PUBLICATIONSFlorida Design Magazine -"On The Watterfront", Volume 25#3, 2015 Florida Design Magazine -"Elegant Ingenuity", Volume 21#4, 2011 Almanac Weekly, NY- "Saugerties Studio Tour", August 2011 Saugerties Times- "Man, Motion, Meaning" , August 2011 The Daily Mail- "A Winterflower grows", November 2011 Florida Design Magazine -"Jimbalaya, Volume 18#2, 2008 The Daily Mail, Catskill, NY- "Leggio Park aims for uplift", October 2010 Interior & Design Magazine, Russia -"Golden Logic", October 2010 Saugerties Times- "Saugerties Art a GO GO", July 2008 Art Times- "Culturaly Speaking", April 2008 Washington Spaces- "Turning Passion into business", Fall 2005 Metropolis Magazine- "Bend the rules of Structures", June 2003 Queens Botanical Garden News-"New Tree Gate Sculpture", Summer 2002 Staten Island Advance -"From suitcase to success", 1998 Atelier, SCVU -"Vedi, co je ceka...?", 1989
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