Václav Fiala completed his studies at the Secondary School of Applied Art in Prague. He held a number of solo exhibitions (the Prague Castle, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Museum Moderner Kunst in Passau, Mánes Gallery, Maerz Gallery in Linz, Cordonhaus Gallery in Cham, St. Anne’s Church in Passau, Granitzentrum in Hauzenberg, etc.), and also participated in many collective expositions (the
Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, the U.S.). In 1997, he obtained a grant from the American Pollock-Krasner Foundation and exhibited in Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Participation in more than sixty sculpture symposia allowed him to make large format works using stone, wood and iron. In 2004 and 2005, he exhibited within the framework of Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney, where he won the main Sydney Sculpture Prize twice. Fiala’s sculptural approach is based on minimization of shapes and is often inspired by architecture. He lectures on the subject of fine art works in public space.
Chapel for rushing pedestrians
The sculpture Chapel for the Hurrying Pedestrian belongs to a series of sculptures he calls sculpture-buildings. The statue should properly stand on the sidewalk in people's path so that they can or must pass between its walls. The inner space is made of two segments that embrace the body of the person. How that feels is for everyone to judge for themselves. Inside, the acoustics change, the eyes turn to the sky. and that is the moment of stopping in the daily rush.