Ivan Kolman

of arts

Glass in a different way

We have pleasure in presenting you some art work from Bohemia, Prague – the heart of Europe. This art is being created by Mr. Ivan Kolman whose masterpieces are on display throughout the world – from an original gift for the Vatican on behalf of the Czech Republic to various places in all continents and in the hands of private collectors.

Mr. Kolman is gripped by the medium of glass. The extraordinary thing about his art is its absolute originality. He creates a new exceptional and particular style that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Mr. Kolman, a disciple of the well-known Czech artist Prof. Libensky, creates a combination of cut and sandblasted sheets of glass. These are then situated on a dark backing board to highlight the details. Some details are plated in a vacuum kiln. His elaborate incomparable style of high intrinsic value has been appreciated all over the world and his successful exhibitions testify to the high degree of Mr. Kolman´s work.

About me

Ivan Kolman
+420 608 644 689
18. 2. 1944 in Prague

1962-68 studies at VŠUP atelier of Prof. Libensky – glass
1967 studies at Royal College of Art in London
1980 studies in Great Britain
At the time being he is living and working in Liberec, Bohemia.

He focuses mainly on work with flat glass which he cuts by wedge cutting and then sandblasts. The cut reliefs are adjusted on an opposing dark background to enhance the silken dim wedge cuts. Some large panels for architecture have also been done by this technique. Many of the works were created on themes commissioned by customers.

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  • 1967 Expo Montreal
  • 1974 Lobmeyer, Vienna
  • 1975 Art Messe, Frankfurt
  • 1976 Gallery Arteta, Bilbao
  • 1977 Munich
  • 1978 Köln
  • 1979 Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
  • 1980 Zurich
  • 1981 London Glass house, London
  • 1982 Miami Art, Los Angeles
  • 1983 London
  • 1984 Modern Art and Craft, Milano
  • 1985 Roma
  • 1986 Art Messe, Düsseldorf
  • 1987 Hamburg
  • 1989 PME Trade, Canada
  • 1989 Tokio
  • 1990 T.A.C. Japan
  • 1991 Mánes Gallery, The Prague Glass Prize with „Heller International Art Services“, Prague
  • 1992 Glass Masters, Hamburg
  • 1998 The Studio Glass Gallery, London
  • 2001 Ausstellungsraum Schüttkasten, Salzburg
  • 2002 St´ Art,Strasbourg, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
  • 2003 Museum of Arts and Design, New York
  • 2003 Gallery Zlatý Kohout, Prague
  • 2006 Club, Ve Smečkách, Prague
  • 2007 Gallery, Karlovy Vary
  • 2009 Gallery Exx, Liberec
  • 2010 Belgium, Czech glass after '58, Glazen Huis, Brusel, Belgium'
  • 2012 St. Anne's Church, Jablonec n.Nis., Bohemia
  • 2017 The castle chapel, Pacov, Bohemia
  • 2018 Knupp Gallery, Prague
  • 2018 Štěpán Netolický's House, Třeboň, Bohemia


  • 1984 Frauenau, Germany – awarded by their diploma for his oeuvre
  • 1989 Creator of an original gift for Pope John Paul II.on behalf of the Czech Republic

Works for architecture

  • hotel Morava, Pohořelice 1979
  • hotel Dalibor, Litomyšl 1985
  • MTTU Prague 1986
  • hotel Merkur, Jablonec 1990

Pieces in private collections

  • USA, Great Britain, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Holland, Israel, Bahamas, Singapore

Pieces in public collections

  • Museum of glass and jewellery Jablonec n. Nisou


years in the field


pieces of art




world awards