About me

Barbora Chládková

  • 2001 – 2007: Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Studio of figural sculpture and medals led by Professor Jan Hendrych
  • 2005: Stay at Accademia de belle arti di Carrara during student exchange programme Erasmus
  • Since 2011: member of the SUV Mánes association
  • Since 2012: teacher of clay moulding at private international school of architecture – Architectural Institute In Prague (ARCHIP)
  • Since 2016: member of the Spolek sochařů České republiky association.

About my life

When I was twelve, I’ve been to Brazil with my parents and my younger brother for two years – my father was offered to give lectures on geophysics there. When I saw the poverty people live in there, it inspired me to be much more ambitious than I was before. After my return, I went to Podkovářská ceramics school. Then I applied to the Prague Academy of Fine Arts to Sculpture restoration studio, using my birthname Pšenčíková. In the second year I moved to the Figural Sculpture studio. From the beginning, I wanted to learn how to build a statue well, according to the human model. At that time, I did not do anything else but modelling, mold, and sculpting. Everything else went aside. No friends, no parties, no relationship. I was isolated from the world and honed the technique.

At that time, I discovered the Principles of life philosophy and started to work on myself. I found my first boyfriend and friends, and in parallel on the path of self-discovery, I began to see the contents of the statues again. The relationships I’ve lived have started to form in clay or stone, and for the first time I have been experiencing what it means to express myself in matter. Today I do not create other sculptures, I am interested mainly in human compositions that shows relationships between the people. Every such statue tells me about myself, it’s a piece of my story, and so the sculpture is the diary of my life.

After graduating from the Academy I got married and used name Hapalová. However, after five years of childless marriage I divorced. Today I’m married again and we have three children.

Creating a statue is a long process. The sculpture cannot be rushed, whether cutting into stone or modeling in clay. It is always a process that needs its time. Creation teaches me patience and perseverance and helps me to see places in my inner world that I find difficult to get to. By creating I materialize my own thoughts and processes and which I often do not really understand, and the sculpture helps me to see the connections that escape me.