I was lucky to be born in Olomouc
Ivan Theimer was born on 18 September 1944 in Olomouc. His family supported the development of Ivan’s talent in arts. His mum loved the opera, his relatives played in the orchestra and his grandma paid for his art courses. From 1959 till 1963 he studied at a school of decorative arts in Uherské Hradiště. However, due to his family background he wasn’t subsequently admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Following the occupation of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact armies, in September 1968 he decided to move to France. He eventually managed to obtain a scholarship enabling him to study at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris. After graduation he progressed via small exhibitions and contracts towards bigger projects. By the 1980s he had done a number of successful exhibitions and public installations in several European countries. After the 1989 revolution he began visiting Czechoslovakia regularly. Here, he created among othe things Comenius’ memorial in Uherský Brod or Arion’s fountain in Olomouc along with a turtle cast for children. He resides in Paris and Tuscany, and his works are regularly displayed in Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland.