Jarmila Kostliva's work explores abstract and subconscious scenery as motifs to describe the idea of imaginary reality. Using symbolic narratives and allegorical images as patterns, Kostliva creates meditative environments, which suggest the expansion of art and life's reality as dialog

With the conceptual approach, she is approaching a wide scale of subjects in a multilayered way. Her work doesn’t reference recognizable forms. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Her works isolate biological elements or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between abstract and intellectual.


Born in Prague, she has always been a participant of performing as well as fine arts. Music, dramatic arts, dance, and cinema are all influences that imbue her work with personal insights and drama. Trained as a ballet dancer, performing in theater in her native Prague, followed by tours in North and South America, became a personal collection of experiences.


She settled in Montreal and was attending independent studies in sculpture at Concordia University. After several engagements with dance companies in Canada and Germany, she was ready for her "come back", to seriously pursue her former passion of painting. Later, she moved to Vancouver, BC and was fully involved with her work in the studio, and in producing architectural renderings with the husband's architectural firm. Influenced by studies of old masters of Italian Renaissance, and drawing from a variety of cultural backgrounds of ancient history, the experience became primal motivation and inspiration for most of her earliest work. She graduated from College of Fine and Applied Arts in the Czech Republic before she accomplished her professional career in dance. Come back to her former involvement in visual arts, was an artistic “call” for fulfillment. Her work was exhibited in Galleries in Europe, USA, and Canada, winning her several international awards. She continues to develop her work in new concepts, in the perception of new contemporary ideas, forms, and techniques. She currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC.









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