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.

Sculpture creation is a long process. Often it takes me two years until the subject, until the motif of the sculpture becomes clear and naked to me, until I find the desired composition and create the sculpture in its final size in the clay and then pour it into a solid material. It all takes its time, it needs to be matured and the process can’t be hurried. Creation teaches me patience and perseverance, and it helps me to see places in my inner world where it’s hard to get. I transfer my thoughts and processes that are happening to me and I do not quite understand into my work, and my sculptures then help me to see the connections that escape me.