Libor Fara (September 12, 1925 in Prague - March 3, 1988 ibid) painter, sculptor, typographer, scenographer, costume designer and teacher
From 1935 to 1941 he studied at a real grammar school in Prague called Na smetance, where he was a drawing teacher Pravoslav Kotík. In the years 1942 - 44 he was a student of the private drawing school of Jaroslav Svab Officina Pragensis. During the war, he belonged to the Spořilov surrealist circle and met Zdenek Lorenc, Otto Miser, Vaclav Tikal, Josef Istler and Karel Teige. The group published private proceedings.
In 1945, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, but failed in his rehearsals, and since October 1945 he began studying at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in the studio of Emil Filla. In the 1940s he created surrealist collages and objects. Already in 1946 his painting Deux visages was selected for the exhibition Art Tchécoslovaque 1938 - 1946 and Fára could visit Paris. He graduated in the studio of prof. Frantisek Muzika in 1951.
His sphere of interest was paintings, objects, assemblages, collages, terry cloths and photographs. His figurative painting was influenced by Surrealism, but also by Picasso. Throughout his life he had friends among photographers (Emila Medkova, Miroslav Hak, Milon Novotny, Miroslav Jodas, Josef Koudelka).
At the beginning of the 1950s he maintained friendly relations with Mikulas and Emil Medkova, Karel Teig, Josef Istler, Karel Hynek, Vratislav Effenbergr and participated in the publication of the unofficial collection of Zodiac surrealists, following up on the magazine of the same name from the 1930s. Throughout his life he had friends among photographers (Emila Medkova, Miroslav Hak, Milon Novotny, Miroslav Jodas, Josef Koudelka). He designed posters, invitations, sets and costumes for the E.F.Burian Theater. In the second half of the 1950s he exhibited with the group May, painted mostly geometrically stylized still life. He later cooperated with the Theater Na zabradli 1962 - 1968, since 1969 with the Drama Club. He was one of the founders of action scenography. He has created a number of original posters and graphic designs for books and magazines. In the mid-sixties he created a number of assemblages - objects made of crafted things, originally useful eg chairs, tables, wooden tools.
Later he devoted himself to undisclosed works, among others cycles of drawings, large photo canvases, pencil drawings and collages. The end of his work belonged to assemblages, to which he used elements of rusty iron to create harmonious and deeply meaning units.
Represented in the collections of the National Gallery in Prague, the Gallery of Modern Art in Roudnice nad Labem and many other state and private collections. He has exhibited individually in Prague, abroad in Germany and France. He has participated in collective exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad (France, Germany, Italy).