Palová, who lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia, first studied painting and sculpture and then switched to glass, studying with well-known Czech glass sculptor Václav Cigler. She worked independently for 20 years while raising a family before teaching glass sculpture at the University of Sunderland in England. She currently devotes all of her time to creating her own sculptural work.
Her approach to cast glass sculpture is perhaps characteristic of her generation, which draws from—and breaks with—the ideas developed by the famous Czechoslovak artists of the postwar era, such as Cigler, Stanislav Libenský, and Jarolslava Brychtová. Her use of the material is gestural, emotional, and grounded in the natural world. She works with light, using rough textures and transparent color in glass.
In recent years, the Rakow Commission has been awarded to up-and-coming artists whose work is not yet represented in the Museum’s collection. While Palová’s work is not represented in the collection, she is an experienced artist in the process of re-establishing her career.
Museum Members are invited to attend a lecture by 2008 Rakow Commission artist, Zora Palová, presented during the Museum’s Annual Seminar on Glass. The lecture will be followed by a reception and unveiling of the commission. Both the reception and lecture are free to Members.