Denisa Prochazka is an award-winning Canadian artist living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
She is a classically trained figurative sculptor with a passion for portrait sculpture and figurative clay reliefs.
Denisa was born in the Czech Republic and grew up playing with clay in her mother's ceramic studio. Her mother was her first inspiration, muse, and guide. When her family immigrated to Canada at the age of thirteen, she continued her studies in fine art and sculpture, graduating from O.C.A.D University in Toronto. She was selected to complete her final year in Florence, Italy, where she experienced a life-changing moment witnessing the awe-inspiring work of Michelangelo, whose sculptures had a tremendous influence on her. Her early childhood experience and love of clay led her back to this medium where she felt complete freedom of expression through its tactile movement and flexibility, expressing feminine softness and high level of control, manifesting her visions into reality.
Denisa has attracted many special commissions and top awards for her artwork. She has participated in over thirty exhibitions and her sculptures reside in private collections in Canada and USA. She has been commissioned to create Awards of Excellence for the Nelson Mandela Legacy and Ottawa University BHM, Women Excellence Awards, Guinean Excellence Awards, and Women Who Work Excellence Awards. Manhattan Arts International has awarded her with the Featured Artist Art Award, Second Place Special Recognition Arts Award, and Awards of Excellence.
Denisa was a Finalist in the ARC 14th International Salon Competition, Sculpture Category 2019.
Many of my clay sculptures depict female subjects and feminine forms from my own creative visions, to empower and inspire the feminine balance in this world. I became increasingly aware of my feminine perspective and reflection of the life around me. The need for creation became reinforced with the birth of my own child and the desire to heal, protect and empower. I felt the need to portray feelings, needs, and a visual conversation within the sublime. Symbolism transcends the physical into the spiritual realm. My goal is to bring my art forward to public spaces so that passersby can find peace, beauty, and healing connection for a moment in time in their life’s journey.
I strongly believe in creating meaningful and healing artwork that has the power to transform people's lives. Some of my sculptures are specifically created for donation to Women's Shelters, as well as charity projects to support children in Orphanages around the world.