From Prague, Czechia
Based in Prague, Czechia
Ira Svobodová’s paintings are a form of study of light - through their minimalistic, geometric content and muted color schemes she creates spatial illusions, which are centering the attention on the properties and behavior of light
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you to art?
I: I am a painter who admires white and light. I found my way to art through my family, art-leaning environment. Since I was a child I haven’t been interested in much besides drawing and painting which later naturally led to my studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague.
A: What inspires you the most?
I: Light, architecture, music.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
I: I need my studio tidy; good quality tea and coffee, and inspiring music or an interesting audiobook.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
I: To constantly work, believe in your opinion, to not let anything discourage you, and to not succumb to momentary trends.
A: Your top 3 phrases/words to use when talking about art?
I: You can’t really lump sum that… I either admire, try to understand, or can’t relate.
A: Your favorite Czech artists?
I: From the legends of Czech art it’s definitely Josef Šíma and Toyen, for their magic and delicacy. Then for example Hugo Demartini, Zdeněk Sýkora, …
A: What piece of art do you think embodies the Czech national spirit and culture? Why?
I: The Prague Castle and especially the finishes by architect Josip Plečnik - it’s a reference to the noble time of the Czech nation that is sadly irreversibly gone.
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ...?
I: Probably with my impressions of the current exhibition and events in culture.
A: Where can we meet you most often?
I: In my studio in Prague and my countryside house in Kytlice.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art):
I: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen! (The fain of heart shan’t go in the woods, lit. trans.)
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