Born in Prague in 1926, Anita came to England to train as a zoologist, after which she did biological research for 18 years. She attended evening classes at Birmingham College of Art. Since then she has been carving in ornamental hardwoods, soapstone and marble. Her highly polished surfaces eliminate detail and show off the beauty of natural materials. She also experiments with two-tone effects. Polished surfaces are contrasted with chisel or scratch finished areas, or with resin inlays. Her bronzes are made from carvings and are true to the form of the animal. In 1967 she became an Associate Member of the Royal West of England Academy and a full Member in 1978. In 1972 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a Fellow in 1980. Anita Mandl exhibits regularly at the societies to which she belongs. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy on numerous occasions. She has sculptures in various private and corporate collections.
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