Gerda Gruber was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1940, although having Austrian origins.
From 1957 to 1962, she studied at the College of Applied Arts in Vienna under the guidance of Prof. Heinz Leinfellner.
In 1962 she married Kurt Spurey. In the successive years, she set up – together with Iris Brandel and Elisabeth Schaffner – a ceramics art studio. In 1969 she and her husband founded a studio for to produce design porcelain that was active until 1975. After separating from her husband that same year, she moved to Mexico where she currently lives.
From 1976 to 1986, she held a course in ceramic sculpture at the National School of Plastic Arts of the Independent University of Mexico. In 1988 she moved to the Yucatan where she dedicated herself to teaching ceramics.
In 1994 she began to work with glass, bronze, silver and wood.
Gerda Gruber’s works have been exhibited in numerous group and one-woman shows.
Using essential forms, Gruber’s artistic search reflects on the profound nature of things. Her numerous trips and especially her knowledge of the Maya and other civilizations that populated South America have had a profound influence on her language. Many of the forms that she has chosen to express herself take us back to a world of the myths and legends of this land.
For example, the knot – a recurrent subject used in her work – was used in pre-Columbian civilizations for counting, arithmetic, astronomical measurements and then to develop their calendar. However, the knot also symbolically represents an embrace and the navel, intended as the center of the stomach and thus of life.
Gerda Gruber uses the female body in an unconventional way as a source of inspiration; she has chosen to represent it only with the stomach down, emphasizing the representation of the pubic area, legs and stomach.