Pavel Barta was born in the Czech Republic. He worked as graphic designer in a Publishing House in Prague. During that time he started to consider an “escape” from computer art and used material such as wood, clay, paper, and metal to create miniature sculptures. He took art class at Holar School of Art in Prague. His first exhibition took place in Prague in 1996. Each miniature sculpture is original and unique as he does not use molds or patterns.
He came to Canada in 1997. While living in 100 Mile House, BC, he became interested in stone sculptures. He carves from soft stones like soapstone, chlorite, and wonderstone. His sculptures capture movement and energy using simple lines in a style that is recognizably Pavel.
In 2006 Pavel moved to Kelowna, BC. Here he became more involved with bronze. He creates his originals in oil-based clay. Except for the rough casting, Pavel enjoys doing the whole process of “lost wax casting” himself. This gives him total control over all finishing steps, from the rough shaping and filing to the final buffing and patina.
Pavel’s sculptures are displayed in several galleries in British Columbia. His artwork found place in private collections across Canada, in Europe, USA, New Zealand, and Australia. He had one-man shows in Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House, Hope, Coquitlam, Kelowna and was part of a group show in North Vancouver. He was guest artist at Ars Longa art show in Kelowna in 2007,2008 and 2012. His sculpture design was chosen as The Okanagan Arts Council Award for 2008. In 2012 Pavel finished two public art projects: Installation of 16 sculptures in the new foyer of Kelowna General Hospital, and also entrance signs for Village of Clinton. In April 2014 he received an Award of Excellence during the exhibition in Campbell River Art Gallery. Since May 2014 he lives and works in his studio in Campbell River at 262 Island Hwy. Most recently his outdoor sculpture was chosen for display in Victoria, BC, as part of the “Oak Bay Arts Alive 2016” public sculpture program.
Pavel works in different media – clay, stone, concrete, bronze, and fiberglass to create sculptures of different sizes – from miniature carvings to several feet tall outdoor sculptures.
His unique bronze sculptures and stone carvings are created with one purpose - to create joy in those who look at them.
“The best reward I can get is to know that thanks to my art someone’s day became brighter.” -Pavel