Richard Stipl was born in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and was raised, educated, and now lives and works both in Canada and the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto with an Honors Diploma in 1992, and was awarded Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award in the same year.Working initially as a painter, Stipl has recently turned to making sculpture. Using himself as a model, Richard focuses exhaustively on the indefinite nature and moment-to-moment paradoxes inherent in the act of continuously recreating oneself throughout the course of a lifetime. Characteristically, Stipl’s paintings and sculptural works alike force us to reconsider the role of boundaries and consequent categories of choice that comprise contemporary attitudes and approaches to art-making and art-consumption.
Considered an exceptional talent in technical terms, Richard stands apart from his contemporaries through his uncanny ability to breathe a vital and invigorating “life force” into his art works, regardless of media.
Stipl has exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles, Madrid, Stuttgart, and the Czech Republic, and is included in many important public and private collections worldwide.