Sculptor Lukáš Rittstein (*1973) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Sculpture Studio/Hugo Demartini School and the Studio of Monumental Sculpture/Aleš Veselý School. In 1999, he finished his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague at the Glass in Architecture Studio of Marian Karel. In 2000, he went on a scholarship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California. He creates monumental objects and narrative sculptures whose formal aspects may not always be clear while their meaning is mostly related to the artist’s personal experience of the natural and technical world. He often employs found materials and objects of daily use, typically laminated plastic. Rittstein convincingly combines contrasting materials in surprising organic shapes that are unparalleled in contemporary Czech sculpture. He critically addresses environmental issues, globalization and other civilization problems, as he has been largely influenced by his expeditions to the pristine forests of Papua New Guinea where he spent time with local indigenous people. Lukáš Rittstein presented his work at solo exhibitions at the Czech Center in Munich and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden among others. He is a holder of the Václav Chad Award from the 1st Zlín Youth Salon and Magnesia Litera Award for his book Why is the night black.

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