Michael Kukla was born in Prague and moved to the United States in 1971. He received a BFA in painting at Castleton State College in Vermont and then sculpture at Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin. Of his sculptures, Kukla says, "Much of my work has to do with the mystery of space - of standing in front of a thing and trying to visualize what it would be like to enter it, go behind it; pass through it with our minds' eye, as though it were a portal, and suddenly be able to enter a realm that isn't limited by time or form. To me, inner space and outer space are elastic and permeable. I want viewers to encounter my art much as they would a waterfall or a canyon or any natural phenomenon - with curiosity, and wonder. If I'm lucky, such an encounter will inspire them to delve deeper into themselves... and perhaps they will align themselves with whatever mysteries they find within."