THE WORLD-RENOWNED AND RECOGNIZED DESIGNER AND ARTIST MÍLA FÜRSTOVÁ EXHIBITS IN GALLERIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING ENGLAND, THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC. SHE HAS WON 20 AWARDS FOR HER WORK SO FAR. HER ARTWORKS DECORATE THE HOMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II OF ENGLAND, ELTON JOHN, MICK JAGGER AND MANY OTHERS. SHE BECAME MOST FAMOUS FOR HER COLLABORATION WITH ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BANDS ON THE SCENE NOWADAYS, THE ENGLISH BAND COLDPLAY. SHE CREATED THE LEGENDARY WINGS ON THE COVER OF THEIR ALBUM “GHOST STORIES”.
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Míla Fürstová, through her art, transforms us beyond the borders of everyday reality to a world without burdens and negative emotions. Her poetic art is a combination of her own life experience and the imaginary. Interwoven by stories with messages and values that stem from the true nature of femininity. The life journey of the world-renowned and recognized designer and artist began in the picturesque environment of Southeast Bohemia. She spent much of her childhood at her grandmother’s place in Horepnik. She grew up in a loving, harmonious family, surrounded by beautiful nature and art. No wonder she fell in love with this world so much that it became one of the fundamental pillars of her artwork. At the age of five, she started to draw and constantly developed her talent. She never gave up and no circumstances would stop her dream, nor the disappointment she had experienced as a result of not being accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, a decision that, for some time, seemed to be the definitive verdict of the end of a dream right at the very beginning. Fate, however, had a talented artist in reserve, a plan that opened possibilities for her that she had never dreamed of before.
After an unsuccessful attempt to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Míla Fürstová was admitted to Charles University where she studied English and Art. At that moment, she had no idea how fateful the English language would become for her future life. Shortly thereafter, one of the key men entered her life, opening her way to her dream of Fine Art Printmaking studies. She received a scholarship to an art school in the UK, where they soon discovered and appreciated her potential. She studied the two university courses at the same time. One in the Czech Republic and the other in the United Kingdom, where, in the end, she settled in. With the passage of time, it was paradoxically good that Míla Fürstová did not get a chance at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In the Czech Republic, it would most likely have been a far cry from opening up the opportunities possible for her in the UK. On the other hand, it is sad that in the Czech Republic, the potential of talented people, who are supposed to achieve success and excel in their fields, is often not supported. Perhaps expulsion from your home country is often an impulse for a courageous change, which, as in the case of Míla Fürstová, can be a dream come true with lots of surprises.
Míla Fürstová successfully completed her MA studies at Charles University as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Printmaking at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham. She was then admitted to the Royal College of Art in London, where she was a very successful student and received a master’s degree. She then returned to Gloucestershire University as a lecturer. After a year at university, she was appointed the first Artist in Residence at the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College, where she built and ran the etching studio. Nowadays, this is a very rarely used technique, which Míla Fürstová uses as the medium for creating her art in a very sophisticated and detailed way, and in all aspects also very demanding.
Míla Fürstová exhibits in galleries around the world, including England, the United States, France and the Czech Republic. She has won 20 awards for her work so far. Her artworks decorate the homes of Queen Elizabeth II of England, Elton John, Mick Jagger and many others. She became most famous for her collaboration with one of the most successful bands on the scene nowadays, the English band COLDPLAY. She created the legendary Wings on the cover of their album “Ghost Stories”, released in 2014. A fascinating documentary “Wings for Coldplay” about Míla Fürstová’s life and her fundamental collaboration with COLDPLAY has been made, directed by Peter Hirjak. He has perfectly captured the depth of her almost ethereal personality and the enormous connection and parallels in the fate of Míla Fürstová and COLDPLAY front man, the charismatic Chris Martin. In 2019, a comprehensive art book on the work of Míla Fürstová entitled “All My Rivers” was published, mapping the twenty years of her artistic paths since her beginnings in the UK.