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©2015 Vera Ryklova, visual research for a project execution [cropped image].

Vera Ryklova is a visual artist who works across the media of photography, video, performance and installation, and who has been developing her practice over the past nine years. 

She has received several awards, including Studio Residency at The Dean Art Studios (2022-24), Visual Arts Bursary (2023), Irish Talent nomination (2020) and represented PhotoIreand at FUTURES, a Europe-based platform for photography. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize (2016), which exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland.


Vera presented four solo exhibitions as well as exhibited in a number of group shows held in Ireland and the UK, including the FiLiA Feminist Conference. Her work has been featured in photography journals and art publications and is included in public art collections by the OPW State Art Collection, Trinity College Dublin and The Arts Council. 

In her practice Vera explores the concept of the self and the events that impact its social construction. She often investigates her own lived experiences and uses her own body to make her work. Producing material that confronts the condition of womanhood she exposes a conflict between two realities. She uses her practice as a distancing device that may allow her to experience a state of catharsis. The link between the artistic execution and the liberating emotional discharge is also at the centre of her interest.

Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. As a curator she presented two group exhibitions in Dublin.  

Originally from the Czech Republic, Vera moved to Ireland in 2007. Brought by a pure desire for a life change, this has been a journey of personal discovery which resulted in pursuing an artistic career. In this very sense she is proud to consider herself an Irish artist.

Based in Dublin, Vera has also been resident in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. In 2021 she completed an MA in Art and Research Collaboration at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. In 2015 she graduated from the same Institute with a BA (Hons) in Photography.

She is a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland.

For details refer to artist CV page.

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