Pavel Barta is a talented Canadian sculptor and mixed media artist living and working in Campbell River, BC. Barta was born in the Czech Republic and worked for many years as a graphic designer at a Publishing House in Prague. During this time he began to consider an escape from computer art and became interested in handmade art and sculpture. He used material such as wood, clay, paper, and metal to create miniature sculptures and his first exhibition took place in Prague in 1996. Each miniature sculpture is original and unique as he does not use molds or patterns. Barta came to Canada in 1997, where he developed his interest in stone and bronze sculptures. In 2007 he started to work with another medium - fiberglass - to create large-scale outdoor sculptures. His large-scale sculptures can be seen in Campbell River, Kelowna, 108 Mile Ranch, 100 Mile House, Banff, Clinton, Heffley Creek and at Sun Peaks.
Pavel’s artwork can be found in private collections across Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and America. He has had dedicated shows in Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Hope, Coquitlam, and Kelowna and was guest artist at the Ars Longa art shows in Kelowna in 2007, 2008, and 2012. His sculpture design was chosen as The Okanagan Art Council Award for 2008. In 2010 and 2011 he participated in group shows at CityScape Community Art Space in North Vancouver. In 2012 Pavel finished two public art projects; an installation of 16 sculptures in the new foyer of the Kelowna General Hospital and entrance signs for the Village of Clinton. In June 2013 his art was displayed in the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver and in April 2014 he received an Award of Excellence during his exhibition at the Campbell River Art Gallery.
“The best reward I can get is to know that thanks to my art someone’s day became brighter.”
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