Born in Pilsen, she was only able to enter VŠUP in Prague after seven years (due to "unsuitable political profile", as was quite common during the Communist regime). In 1975 she began studying at the ceramics studio, menawhile finishing studies as a window dresser and a graphic designer at the Václav Hollar institute. In 1979 she immigrated to France and was immediately admitted to École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Matiers d‘Art in Paris. She moved to north Provence in 1984 where she lives and works as a freelancer ever since.
The sculptures by Eva Roučka are brilliantly modelled figures of mostly plump shapes, for which expression is the crucial thing. Through them the author documents human pride, pomposity, animality as well as the pure joy of life. Swimmer Mářa is an example of a vivid, almost grotesque expression of the feeling of joy or stubbornness when submersing into water, with the moment converted into glazed clay.