Vojtěch (Voitre) Marek was born in Czechoslovakia in 1919 and came to Australia in 1948. Trained as a metal engraver and sculptor in his home country, he settled in Adelaide first working as an engraver whilst also practising as an artist. From 1960 to 1975 Voitre worked full time on commissions of ecclesiastical art for churches throughout Australia. He made works in beaten copper, wrought iron, enamel, carved stone and wood, and his output ranged from small holy vessels using precious metals to large figurative sculptures, baptismal fonts, altars and Stations of the Cross.
A selection of Voitre’s works will be on display at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as part of the “Surrealists at sea” exhibition. The exhibition runs from 19 June 2021 to 12 September 2021.