Kurt Gebauer was born in Hradec nad Moravicí, he studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Brno and the Sculpture and Stonework School of Arts and Crafts in Hořice. In 1963-1969 he studied under professors Vincenc Makovský and Karel Lidický at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In 1965, during his studies, he completed an internship with Professor Otto Herbert Hajek in Stuttgart and in 1972 he completed an internship with Professor César Baldaccini at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 1990 he has been working as a leading teacher and since 1992 he has been a professor at the Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Since 2018 he has also been a professor at the Department of Art and Culture at the Faculty of Arts of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Feet out of the water
"That swimmers and other floating ladies is a lifelong theme of mine is probably well known. Feet out of the water is a bit different. It's the above water visible part of the handstand, and that's usually the most joyful display of kids and girls in the water. Well, I'm gonna cut it sometime. Even the people who see it get a kick out of the fooling around, well, how do you find that joy even where the girls usually don't swim, or sometimes swim, but it's just a little too cold to do so? A statue will replace anything - dead poets, saints, and even criminals. So why shouldn't a monument have feet of water when they are a symbol of the most important thing we are here for, the joy of life?"