Igor Mitoraj

Igor Mitoraj is considered one of the greatest contemporary sculptors. Polish, born on 26 March 1944 in Oederan, Germany. He is best known for his fragmented sculptures of the human body, often in large-scale public installations. His monumental sculptures stand in London, Rome, Milan, Paris, Lausanne, Kraków, and Warsaw.

He began as a painter and graphic designer until 1976, when his had an exhibition in the La Hune gallery in the Latin Quarter, linked to the bookshop of the same name. Not long ago after he took up sculpture, he was offered to prepare an exhibition for the Art Curial gallery in Paris. Mitoraj, spend a year in the center of bronze foundries and marble masons in Pietrasanta, located in Italy. There he creates his first monumental sculptures of Carrara marble, as well as his very first works made of bronze.

Two of his most identifiable public installations, Head Lulled to Sleep (Testa Addormentata), 1983 installed on the Canary Wharf in London and the new bronze doors and statue of John the Baptist for the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.

Mitoraj re-interpreted in a contemporary way the beauty and the proportions of the classical sculptures. Inspired by the imperfection of human nature, he expressed himself by deliberately damaging and cracking the surface of statues. He died on October 6, 2014 in Paris, France.


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