Born in Hradec nad Moravicí, he completed his studies at the Arts and Crafts School of Sculpture and Stonemasonry in Brno. In 1959-1963, he worked as a stonemason with prof. Karel Hladík. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (prof. Makovský and prof. Lidický), he completed internships in Stuttgart and at Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has been a teacher since 1990 and a professor since 1992 at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.
Legs from water
"It is probably known that female swimmers and other floating ladies are my life’s theme. Legs from water are something a bit different. It is a part of handstand visible above the water level and this is usually the most joyous expression of children and girls in water. Well, I also sometimes give it a try. This tomfoolery makes happy even those who watch it; and how to discover the joy also in places where girls usually do not bathe, or where they sometimes bathe but it’s just too cold for bathing at the moment? A sculpture can replace all sorts of people – dead poets, saints but also criminals. So why legs from water should not have a monument if they represent the symbol of the most important thing why we are here - the joy of life?"