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.
Kurt Gebauer at Bastion
He created the dwarfs in 1985 for the H. Hůlov Brothers Gallery on their farm in Kostelec nad Černými lesy. The unofficial event was a success and Kurt decided to repeat it in the capital on an official basis at the beginning of perestroika. Not that he longed for artistic satisfaction, let alone fame or money. He was simply annoyed that if artistic ballast, considered art by cultural strategists, could be presented in public, why not at least occasionally display something worthy...
The sculpture belongs to a so-called „trubkoun“ series, in which the author solves his lifelong interest in the human figure. The complete reduction of the figure to a lapidary shape achieved a very impressive and for him typically humorous and grotesque result.
The statue of Trubkouna was made according to the author's exact instructions by a private company Eurointermetall s. r. o. of Lucie and Dalibor Kamenský in Rýmařov, who kindly lent the sculpture. (For example, they also made sculptures of Stanislav Diviš's flowers, which were on display at his exhibition last year in Kutná Hora.)