Barbara Kuper was born in Czestochowa, Poland where she completed a Master Degree in Physical Chemistry. In 1949 she emigrated to Canada and began a career in industrial chemical engineering. She studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Sir George Williams University and the Saidye Bronfman Centre, where she began sculpting in stone, a medium that captured her imagination. Kuper also creates bronze works, but marble (principally the white, veined with black, from Carrara, Italy) is her preferred medium. Kuper has exhibited regularly at Dominion Gallery since the early 1970s. In addition, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions within Canada and the United States. A retrospective of her work was held at the Dominion Gallery in October-November 1997. Barbara Kuper works in the modernist tradition, shaping works of simplicity and symbolism arising from lengthy reflection. She avoids expressionist pathos and decorative detail, promoting a universal language formed with great economy of means.
SSC Member Since: 1972
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