Polish-born sculptor Xawery Wolski works in a variety of materials: bronze, terracotta, wire, and fish bones. He makes sophisticated, minimalist and contemporary artworks using long established methods and familiar crafted materials. Created painstakingly by hand, these intricate works evoke dresses and ritual necklaces unmoored from the human body, constellations of circles and raindrops, clouds of wire bubbles and mysterious white knots of spikey terracotta. This tension between opposing concepts such as tradition and the new, restraint and liberation, and the organic and abstract, is at the core of his work. As the artist has explained: “I am interested in creating bridges of communication permitting past and present to appear in unity and with hope that the dialogue in time and space continues in order for new configurations to be found.”
Wolski lives and works in Poland and Mexico City and trained at the Academy of Fine Arts (Warsaw), Academy of Fine Arts with French sculptor Cesar (Paris), New York Studio School of Drawing, Paintings and Sculpture, the School of Fine Arts (Aix-en-Province), and the Institute of Higher Education in Visual Arts (Paris). His work is collected and shown internationally, including in the Liu Haisu Museum (Shanghai), The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Museo Carillo Gil, Museo Rufino Tamayo and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico. He was awarded a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (New York) in 2008, the Critic Prize Pokaz (Warsaw) in 2006, and a Croix d’Argent pour le Merite et Devouement Francais au titre des Arts (2000).