Creating my sculptures brings an immense joy and contentment into my life.
Alex Kveton was privy technical and artistic views of the world from the beginning of his life. While his father taught him the ageless techniques of wood and metal craft, his mother opened his eyes to the possibilities of artistic imagination.
As a young adult, Alex Kveton enrolled in the Technical School of Machinery Construction and later, following his inner calling into a very selective and prestigious Prague Academy of Art Architecture and Design, where he earned his Master's Degree in Sculpture and Industrial Design.
At the Academy, his appreciation for the potential of metal continued to grow as he created stainless steel and bronze sculpture and designed industrial equipment ranging from gigantic open coalmine excavator to miniature alarm clock. The ageless beauty and serenity of Prague with its centuries old art and architecture fed Alex's effervescent imagination and pushed him toward a more artistic use of his creative abilities. Instead of more common casting and assembly of ready made parts, Alex preferred fabricating process, physically shaping and forming a sharp flat sheet of metal into sophisticated curvilinear form. To reflect a true poetry of the form, Alex Kveton enhances the character of stainless steel sculptures with high mirror finish and bronze with magnificent color patinas.
Having established himself as a mature sculptor in his native Czechoslovakia, Alex Kveton left his homeland and traveled to Austria where he created several successful large scale sculptural commissions. Upon his arrival to the United States, Alex settled in New York City and began a challenging and successful career as a Director of Art Division at one of the leading art and architectural metal fabricators in the United States.
For over thirty years, Alex Kveton has applied his knowledge, expertise, and talent to transform vision into reality. Following his inspiration, Alex created fine metal sculptures shown in numerous group and individual exhibitions and privately held in collections in North America, Europe and Russia. His sculpture of Porcupine Caribou, a corten steel ten foot tall structure, is on permanent display at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bernard Venet, Robert Indiana, Larry Bell and John Raimondi are just some of a few renowned artists Alex has worked with. He shares a patent for AlgoRytm Technologies with Dr. Haresh Lalvani, an architect-morphologist, inventor of curvilinear structures. A lex transformed Dr.Lalvani's theories into 3-D ethereal metallic creations that have started a revolution in modern architecture. Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibits in its permanent collection of Architecture and Design "Titanium AlgoRythms Columns" designed and coauthored by Alex Kveton.
So what inspires Alex Kveton? Nature in its simplicity and beauty. Nature with its magnificent structures and creations no one is able to imitate. Alex is the first one to admit that he cannot compete with nature in creating something so fascinating and delicate as a leaf of a tree or dew on grass. But with his work, Alex has been able to make magic in metal, crafting his very own brand of beauty, his very own way of taking where the nature left off and finishing the job in his mind and with his hands, creating something very simple, very beautiful, very magical just like the nature would have intended.
My inspiration comes from studying the nature around us. The intricate structure of a leaf, robustness of grass wind blowing through an open window, or moon reflecting in the water, all create the logical harmony of our nature's "building blocks". The nature is pure, clean, and precious in its own creation. Such insights are on my mind when creating sculptures. Simple, yet elegant, intended to enrich, decorate and above all distinguish the space as beautiful flowers or morning sunlight would.
In my latest sculptural work I have incorporated into my abstract vision a timeless beauty of a human form. Is obviously the most loaded of all forms because we live in one. Being also introduced to printmaking, I'm now offering prints and sculptures developed together. My print work explores the visual relationships between the two artistic arenas and bridges the gap between 2 and 3 dimensions.
Technical school of Machinery Construction, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Academy of Arts Architecture and Design, Prague, Czech Republic;
- Master Degree in Sculpture and Industrial Design
United States Patent 6,640,605 B2, coauthor, Non-deformational bending of metal
New York Foundation for the Art, Grand
Marry O Fritchie Art Show, Best in Sculpture
Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Best in Show
Cambridge Who’s Who, Life time Membership
Marry O Fritchie Art Show, Best in Sculpture
Woodstock Artists Ass. & Museum, The People’s Choice Award
Cooperstown Art Association, National Exhibition, Best in Sculpture
Artist Talk on Art, Annual Competion Curator’s Choice