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Alex KVETON

135 Phillips Rd
Saugerties, NY 12477, U.S.A.
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Phone: 845-246-5272
Email: AlexKveton@gmail.com
URL: www.AlexKveton.com

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ARTISTS STATEMENT

My inspiration comes from studying the nature around us. The intricate structure of a leaf, robustness of grass wind blowing through an open window, or moon reflecting in the water, all create the logical harmony of our nature’s “building blocks”. The nature is pure, clean, and precious in its own creation. Such insights are on my mind when creating sculptures, elegant, intended to enrich, decorate and above all distinguish the space as beautiful flowers or morning sunlight would. In my figurative sculptural work, I incorporate into my abstract vision a timeless beauty of a human form, creating well-balanced and beautiful figures, all in relaxed posture, all with a sense of strength and integrity. Beyond the composition there is the craftsmanship, the attention to detail, the fabrication, the polished finishes, and the beautiful color patinas

Instead of more common casting and assembly of ready made parts, I prefer fabricating process, physically shaping and forming a flat sheet of metal into a sophisticated curvilinear form. Bronze, the material used by sculptors for a thousand of years, is my preferred medium. To reflect a true poetry of the form, I enhance the character of bronze with color patinas. I also like to work with a stainless steel. Beautiful contemporary metal which high-mirrored surfaces transform a simple natural shapes into elegant creations. 

 

In addition to sculptures, my paintings and relief prints bridge the gap between 2 and 3 dimensions and explore the visual relationship between the two artistic arenas.

 

 

 

EDUCATION 

Technical school of Machinery Construction, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Academy of Arts Architecture and Design, Prague, Czech Republic;

 - Master Degree in Sculpture and Industrial Design

  

MAJOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS 

National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

MoMA, New York, NY

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Atlanta, GA

Museum of Art, Ostrava, Czech Republic

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

Catskills Garden Club, 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 series)

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”)

 

PRIVATE COLLECTORS 

Numerous collectors in:

USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Russia, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic.

 

AWARDS 

United 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

                                                                                 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

- Chasen Galleries, Sarasota, FL - 2019

- ASK Gallery, Kingston, NY - 2016

- Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Garden, FL (solo sculpture) - 2015, 2018

- Gallery 1, Prague, Czech Republic -2013

- Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY (solo sculpture) - 2013, 2015, 2019

- 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 EXHIBITIONS 

- Market ART & Design, Bridgehampton Museum, NY, 2019

- ART NY, Pier 94, NY, 2019

- Chasen Galleries, Sarasota, FL 2018

- Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY 2017,2018, 2019

- Form Miami, Miami Beach, FL- 2017

- Wilderstein Sculpture Biennial, Rhinebeck, NY 2017

- Red Dot Miami, FL 2016

- Onessimo Fine Art, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2009-2019

- Chasen Galleries, Richmond, VA 2005-2018

- Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 2013-2019

- MAC Fine Art, Ft.Lauderdale, FL 2017-2019

- ArtHamptons, Bridgehampton, NY 2013, 2014

- Marleau Gallery, Saugerties, NY 2012

- The Gallery At The Factory, Saugerties, NY 2012, 2013, 2014

- Atlantic Gallery, NYC 2013

- Barret Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY 2013

- Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, NY

- Rye Art Center, Rye, NY 2012

- Boscobel House & Gardens, Cold Spring, NY 2011

- The Spot Gallery, Art Basel Miami, FL 2012

- John Raimondi Gallery, Rockport, MA 2011

- The National Arts Club, NYC, NY 2011

- Fletcher Gallery, Woodstock, NY 2011

- Winston Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 2012

- Artefact Gallery, Lake Worth, FL 2012, 2013

- Stellar Union, Southampton NY 2012-2014

- Chase Edwards Gallery, Oyster Bat, NY 2009-2011

 

- Towbin Museum, Woodstock, NY 2012

 

- OPUS 40 Gallery, Saugerties, NY 2008-2016

 

- Merz Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY 2010, 2011

 

- Clove Church Studio & Gallery, Saugerties, NY 2011

 

- Oriole 9, Woodstock, NY 2010

 

- Tomlyn Gallery, Tequesta, FL 2007-2010

 

- Kleinert Gallery, Woodstock, NY 2010, 2012, 2013

 

- Chasen Galleries, Charlotte, NC 2007, 2008

 

- RVS Gallery, Southampton, NY 2006 - 2012

 

- Ed Chasen Gallery, Washington DC 2008

 

- Michael Nelson Gallery, Saugerties, NY 2008

 

- The National Art Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY 2010

 

- A-Forest Gallery, New York, NY 2007

 

- Lurie Fine Art, Miami, FL 2007

 

- Highland Sculpture Gallery, Carmel, CA 2003-2008
- Catskills Gallery, Saugerties NY 2007
- Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT 2006-2008

 

- Gallery Du Soleil, Tarrytown, NY 2006-2008

 

- Trowbridge-Lewis Galleries, Middleburg, VA  2005

 

- ArtExpo, New York, NY, Cooperstown, NY 2005,2006

 

- Delaware Museum of Natural History, DE 1999

 

- CS.Schulte Gallery, Milburn, NJ 1985

 

- Museum Of Art, Ostrava, Czech Republic 1978

 

- Czech Sculptors Associates, Czech Republic 1975-1980

 

- Gallery Dilo, Prague, Czech Republic 1975-1980

 

- “Young Artists and Industry”, Vitkovice Steel, Ostrava, CR

 

- “Artists of Moravian Region”, Olomouc, CR 1975-1980

 

- “Young Artists in Prague”, Prague, CR 1973-75