Jaroslava Sobiskova: New Works in Painting

Our current exhibit features paintings by Wisconsin artist Jaroslava Sobiskova, on view April 18 - June 1, 2014. Her paintings are abstracted references to the natural world, showing an abundant love of color. Gesso and acrylic paints are layered on board to create a textured effect with multicolored depth.


A native of the Czech Republic, Sobiskova came to the United States in 1986 seeking a life of greater artistic freedom than was possible in Communist- ruled Czechoslovakia. Earning an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin, Sobiskova returned to the Czech Republic to participate in that country’s renaissance, directing the Civic Forum Foundation there for one year. She later returned to the US, operated a private gallery in Chicago while doing commission work in painting and murals. She later settled in Madison, Wisconsin with her family, where the rural setting and rolling hills remind her of her native Bohemia. She continues to receive accolades for her award-winning work.


Sobiskova writes, “As a modern artist my art mediates between the past and present. My creative process utilizes traditional craft techniques as well as experimenting with the many new and wonderful tools and materials the modern world offers to us. In my paintings I move between abstract and figurative representations of a subject depending on the story I am trying to describe. I always produce works in a series as to try to provide a coherent context of the many variations of my subject."

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. features work by American artists and specializes in Midwestern artists. 2014 is the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary!

Daily hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Starting May 1 through the summer, the Gallery will be open from 10-7pm on Thursdays. For more information, please contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.


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at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Echo of an Image," acrylic on board, 18 x 21"
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Loose Variation," acrylic on board, 12" x 12."
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Natural Structure 2," acrylic on board, 18 x 21"

at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Waiting for Spring," acrylic on board, 12x12"
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Natural Structure," acrylic on board, 18 x 21""
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jaroslava Sobiskova, "Reflected Shadow," acrylic on board, 12x12"
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