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.
Sculpture for Richard Serra
I like to dedicate my sculptures to someone.
Very often to my favourite architects, writers, philosophers or poets. Other times to places, events or feelings and moods. I don't dedicate the sculptures to the sculptors. Perhaps the american sculptor Richard Serra will never know, that I dedicated the statue Hromada to him. I'm doing so with an admiration of the author, who via his work pointed out to me, that the statue except of its shape, material, colour etc. can also have another important characteristic - the weight. The weight of the statue can be as emotional as everything else. Also the manipulation with the object becomes a part of the sculpture. If we accept the weight as a characteristic of the sculpture, it stops being a burden and becomes a part of the experience.