Nikola Emma Ryšavá

13 9 2023

Nikola Emma Ryšavá (*1990) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she studied sculpture in the studio of Lukáš Rittstein, which she got to through studying ceramics and design of wooden toys. Ryšavá's work is characterized by surreal elements, often frightening, but also grotesque or emotional anthropomorphic figures, which she often performs on a large scale. The themes of the sculptural works are based primarily on the inner world of the artist herself, her interest in psychoanalysis, but also on literature. The desire to capture what goes on inside a person is one of her major themes, as well as intimacy and interpersonal relationships. For the sculptor herself, art-making is a form of therapy. Nikola Emma Ryšavá has already had a number of exhibitions, for example in the industrial hall of Prague's Vnitroblock. Every year, she also participates in the VáclavART art project, which aims to stir controversy through works placed in public space, to spark discussions about the shape of Wenceslas Square and its revival. However, Ryšavá has presented her works not only in many exhibitions in the Czech Republic, but also abroad, for example in Italy, Portugal and Australia.