Michal Gabriel

Michal Gabriel (*1960) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague at the Studio of Jiří Hána. He is one of the remarkable sculptors active at the turn of the 1980s and the 1990s. His monumental, mostly depictive sculptures made of diverse materials relate to classic sculpture while using postmodern language including allusions, play and persiflage. Addressing anthropomorphic and zoomorphic topics, his work revolves around human beings and their existential questions which are always raised from a slightly ironic distance. Michal Gabriel often employs myths and archetypes in his work, often featuring mythological creatures and animals with a symbolical interpretation. His artworks range from monumental objects to almost miniature artifacts rendering ordinary things or abstract mysterious objects. His sculptures contain extraneous objects from the real world, such as nutshells, butterfly wings and children’s toys. Gabriel is a founding member of The Stubborn Ones art group. He realized many works in public space, for instance the gate of the Trade Fair Palace in Prague. He heads the Sculpture Studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Brno University of Technology where he also worked as dean between 2007 and 2011.