Cactus, by Veronika Richterova

Veronika Richterova’s practise is based on using different plastic materials harvested from recycle bins. She is both fascinated and horrified by the increasing production of plastic packaging, often unnecessary, all over the world.  Her artworks draw attention to the global problem of omnipresent plastic waste and its reclamation.

These artworks force people to recognise their responsibility about the consequences of their behaviour as consumers. The sculptures reuse plastic bottles to creatively reinterpret naturalistic themes. Richterova has been developing this technique since 2004, and it is part of a collection she and her husband graphic designer Michal Cihlář are working on to form a PET-ART museum, which will contain not only artworks, but also a huge collection of plastic bottles from all the world.

Veronika RichertovaDuring ’80s Richterova studied at the Secondary school of Applied Arts in Prague, then at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and finally Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She graduated in 1990 and has been working as a freelance artist painting, working with mosaic and as a sculptor. The last 14 years have seen a focus on waste plastic. She has held more than 40 solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic as well as Paris, Milan, Cork, Tai-pei, Munchen, Havana, and most recently in Tokyo.

Richterova has worked collaboratively with NGO’s focused on environmental protection (e.g. Turtle Foundation, NABU Deutschland) and participates in green programs with some large multi national companies (e.g. Veolia and Coca-Cola) and various education programs (ESIC, International School of Prague, Joshibi University of Tokyo).  Richterova and her husband have coauthored articles in the cultural magazine Revolver Revue and published three books.

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