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.
One of the big heads
Big heads or other heads like lightbulbs are my long-term topic. A human head is a mysterious object, it can glow with ideas, goodness and can be blocked by stupidity and aggression. By looking at them we can reflect on who we are. I've been making the heads since 1970s. Four of them (2 metres high) were showed in 2011 on the Jan Palach square, in 2013 in front of the National Library of Technology and at Landscape Festival in Prague. In 2016, some of them were destroyed by drunks in České Budějovice. It's all in our heads.