Xawery Wolski

About artist


Born in Warsaw, 1960; studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1980–1983); École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (1984); after a few-year break he continued artistic education at École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (1988) and Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris (1989). His present artistic attitudes have been shaped by a number of experiences in the past, including a series of sculptures in marble he created in Carrara (1985–1987); a scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs which enabled him to study art and anthropology with an emphasis on the use of clay in ceramics and architecture in Peru and Mexico, monumental sculptures for various cities; museums and public institutions in France, the USA and Mexico (1999–2006); a scholarship from French Minister of Culture and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Scholarship in New York (1991, 2008). In his creative work Xawery Wolski undertakes contemplative pursuits of the nature of time and space in human and transcendental dimension. He uses signs in order to express mystery, time, memory and forgetfulness, death and rebirth, and last but not least, to talk about the tradition and culture in which he grew up. The themes and titles of his sculptures and drawings are indicative of the artist’s strong interest is history and prehistory. The use of natural materials, such as clay, water, bronze and fire, lends a whole new meaning to his sculptures. He uses terracotta for most of his sculptures by means of which the artist’s work is close to craftsmanship in its original, much mythologized form.


Xawery Wolski

White Necklace

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