Everything may change in our demoralized world except the heart, man’s love and his striving to know the divine. Painting, like all poetry, has its part in the divine; people feel this today just as much as they used to.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Liba Labik (Liba) arrived in Canada in 1993.
She has been creating art since her early childhood and she continued exploring ideas visually aside from her environmental studies in Prague and aside from her work. Liba's former career as an environmentalist for National Park Podyji became very important in shaping her inspiration for her art work.
Liba studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary (BFA Painting Major) from 1998-2002. Since the graduation she creates and teaches art full time. Liba's first solo show in 2006 “The Invisible” set up the direction for her future artwork: it became focused on the dimension “in between” two entities, on the connections and interactions between humanity and nature. Liba's latest work explores time and its impact on life.
She participated in several juried group shows in Calgary (Enigma, Panagakos Gallery in Art Central, Arts on Atlantic Gallery, Stone Fish Gallery, Artpoint Gallery & Studios Society and CounterFlux Gallery), in Westlands Art Gallery in Cochrane, in Gallery IS in Red Deer and in Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists, Kamloops, BC.
Liba was represented for several years through Westlands Art Gallery in Cochrane and Arts on Atlantic Gallery in Calgary, where she also held her third solo show “Little Discoveries”. She continues showing her work in juried group shows in Leighton Art Centre and the Ruberto Ostberg Art Gallery in Calgary. Liba's latest solo show titled “The Sands of Time” was held in January, 2016 in Essentia, Calgary. Additionally, she became one of the finalists of AVI Dream Home Artist Project 2016.
Liba keeps building her career as a commissioned portrait artist and semi-abstract artist in Alberta, British Columbia and the Czech Republic. The series of works that celebrated Bowmont Park in Calgary was commissioned by Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. The mural "Reflections of Changes" was commissioned by Telus.
Liba is a member of the International Encaustic Artists, a full member of the Alberta Society of Artists, an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, member of Leighton Art Centre Gallery & Museum in Calgary, member of Okotoks Art Gallery, member of Harcourt House Artist Run Centre in Edmonton, and a member of Visual Arts Alberta Association & Canadian Artists Representation.
Aside from the daily art making, Liba teaches art classes and workshops. Her paintings reside in many private and corporate collections in North America and the Czech Republic.