Born in the Czech Republic, Pavel Barta began his artistic journey as a graphic designer in Prague. His early exploration with wood, clay, paper, and metal marked a significant ‘escape’ from computer art. Pavel honed his skills at the Holar School of Art in Prague before holding his debut exhibition in 1996.

In 1997, Pavel relocated to Canada, settling in 100 Mile House, BC, where he developed a passion for sculpting soft stones such as soapstone, chlorite, and wonderstone. By 2006, Pavel moved to Kelowna, BC, where he immersed himself in bronze sculpting.

Noteworthy accolades include the Okanagan Arts Council Award in 2008, and public art installations at Kelowna General Hospital and the Village of Clinton.

Since 2014, Pavel has called Campbell River home, where his dedication to sculpting earned him an Award of Excellence at the Campbell River Art Gallery. His outdoor sculptures have been prominently featured in public programs such as “Oak Bay Arts Alive” in Victoria, and as street banners in Campbell River. Notably, his bronze sculpture of a breaching Humpback Whale was honored with the Campbell River Local Hero Award in 2018.

Pavel’s sculptures grace galleries across British Columbia and Alberta, as well as in private collections across Canada, Europe, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. He has held solo exhibitions in several BC cities and participated in group shows across North America.

Working across various media including clay, stone, wood, concrete, bronze, and fiberglass, Pavel creates sculptures with a singular aim: to inspire joy in those who behold them. His sculptures capture movement and energy using simple lines in a distinctive style that is recognizably Pavel.

I feel privileged to display my art in The Avenue Gallery in Victoria. The staff are friendly and professional, and I have always received a sincere welcome for my new pieces that I bring to the gallery. – Pavel Barta

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