Sans titre, 2003
Born in 1942 in Prague, Vladimir Skoda currently lives in Paris, where he settled in 1968. The artist developed his taste for the tangible under a blacksmith uncle and from César at the Paris School of Fine Arts, who encouraged him to work with steel and iron on the forge. Skoda was passionate about astronomy and mathematics so it followed that the sphere (also in its two-dimensional format in the form of concave and convex discs) became his preferred subject. Polished like mirrors, they lend space to the oeuvre and invite the spectator inside. Assembled into constellations, pierced or given movement (the Pendule, exhibited at the Musée de Soisson in 2014), they form a magnetic celestial geometry. His drawings and engravings (eclipses, ellipses, the Cosmos traced in pen) still retain a sculptural aspect. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery and the Czech Museum in Prague, the Gemaldegalerie in Dresden and the MAC/VAL in Vitry-sur-Seine.