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Štepán Pala, one of the best european master artisans dedicated to glass sculpture, studied as a glassmaker at the school in Kamenický Šenov and was excellent during his studies at the department of architectural glass led by Vaclav Cigler at Bratislava Art Academy. Between his studies at Kamenický Šenov and those in Bratislava Štepán worked for a while in a Czech glass factory.

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“Yellow Undulation” by Štepán Pala, made using cast and polished glass ©Habatat Galleries

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“Curved Space” (2014) by Štepán Pala, made using optical glass ©Štepán Pala

Following his studies in Bratislava, he set up a studio in 1975 in the same city and started to work as an independent artist. After the collapse of the Communist regime, he started to exhibit his works internationally.

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“Yellow Infinity” by Štepán Pala, made with cast glass ©Habatat Galleries

Štepán uses optical glass, melted and molded to create geometric formed glass sculptures. His works suggest a drawn quality and emphasize movement through the inclusion of contrasting geometric forms. His art pieces feature in public and private exclusive collections in Slovakia and internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Queen Beatrix Collection in The Netherlands.

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“Blue Infinity” by Štepán Pala, made using cast glass ©Habatat Galleries

Štepán Pala uses geometry and mathematics to construct his visions of space. This technique allows him to find many different resolutions, of which infinite possibilities exist. Glass can give to geometry another dimension. Thanks to its transparency, we can see inside objects and better understand the complexities of creating new objects or spaces.

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“Cube” by Štepán Pala, made with mold-melted, grounded, polished glass ©Habatat Galleries

Recently, Štěpán Pala has devoted his attention to pursuing a programme to which he gave the preliminary title: “infinity”. It first started with spiral glass objects, which he began to create a few years ago.

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“Infinity” by Štepán Pala, made using cast, hand ground and polished glass ©Habatat Galleries

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“Infinity Blue” by Štepán Pala, made with cast glass ©Habatat Galleries

Their essence is the mathematical module of the so-called Moebius strip, already exploited a number of times by visual artists such as Max Bill. However, in this case, it is not a matter of a flat form. Štěpán Pala has given it dimension. His spirals with lens-shaped cross-sections have two sides and four edges. Its profile changes from every point of view, with flowing dynamics and rhythm. These are sculptures of “infinite” architecture, structures offering endless possibilities for immersing oneself and opening one’s mind to infinite utopian ideas.

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“Light in Space” by Štepán Pala ©Will King

Štepán Pala has devoted his attention to the finest craftsmanship. To him, glass is one of several materials that provide the possibility of conveying his thoughts about space.

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“SCORE” by Štepán Pala was exhibited at the room Best of Europe in Homo Faber 2018 ©Michelangelo Foundation

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