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Ludek Bari was born in 1949 in Czechoslovakia. In the 1980´s, he had an epiphany upon seeing wood carvings from Cuba, and fell in love with wood and wood carving. He started to carve wood reliefs. He thought that if he infused his carvings with tenderness, music, and poetry,they would give people the chills of aesthetic pleasure that he himself felt while carving. As he perfected his craft on figures of musicians, he realized that musical instruments, specifically the violin, contain all the elements he sought to portray. On his own, he learned the art of violin-making, and inspired by nature,especially by the female body, he crafted sculptural violins that were as beautiful to the eye as to the ear. His love of the female body has survived in his violin-making, wood carving, painting, and graphics to this day. His work has been the subject of an Australian documentary, and his sculptures and violins have been on display in numerous Prague galleries.