(1944 - 2014)
Igor Mitoraj was active/lived in France, Poland. Igor Mitoraj is known for large-scale abstract marble sculpture.
Igor Mitoraj (Oederan, March 26, 1944) is a Polish
sculptor, son of a Polish mother and French father. After studying
painting at the School of Art at the Art Academy in Krakow and Krakow
under the leadership of Tadeusz Kantor, took part in several collective
exhibitions, obtaining the first solo exhibition in 1967 at the Gallery
Krzysztofory in Poland. In 1968 he moved to Paris to continue his art
Shortly after he was fascinated by art and culture of Latin-American and
decided to spend a year traveling and painting in Mexico. This
experience came to sculpture.
He returned to Paris in 1974 and two years later he held another solo
show at Gallery La Hune, in which sculptures were included. The success
of the show convinced him to devote himself full time to sculpture.
After working with clay and bronze, after a trip to Carrara in 1979, he
decided to switch to the working of marble. In 1983 he opened a studio
in Pietrasanta. Currently he divides his time between France and Italy.
Mitoraj style is deeply rooted in the classical tradition, with a
particular emphasis on busts male. Mitoraj has, however, also a
post-modern turn, paraded through the exaggeration of the damage
suffered by classical sculpture, obtained through the implementation of
limbs and heads cut off.
Greater knowledge of the classical world archaic Mitoraj so inspired by
mythological characters in his works are easily recognizable: Eros,
Venus, Icarus, the Centaur ... which translates into sculptures that are
like pieces, none of his works presents a pristine form. Images are
fragmented, mutilated, crossed by gaps that stimulate the imagination to
complete the missing parts.
On April 15, opens in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento what he
identifies as his most important exhibition, the longest time, eight
months, and space, eighteen works for a mile of the park.
Igor Mitoraj (born 1944) is a Polish artist born in Oederan, Germany. He studied painting at the Kraków School of Art and at the Kraków Academy of Art under Tadeusz Kantor. After graduating, he had several joint exhibitions, and held his first solo exhibition in 1967 at the Krzysztofory Gallery in Poland. In 1968, he moved to Paris to continue his studies at the National School of Art.
Shortly afterwards, he became fascinated by Latin American art and culture, spending a year painting and travelling around Mexico. The experience led him to take up sculpture.
He returned to Paris in 1974 and two years later he held another major solo exhibition at the Gallery La Hune, including some sculptural work. The success of the show persuaded him that he was first and foremost a sculptor.
Having previously worked with terracotta and bronze, a trip to Carrara, Italy, in 1979 turned him to using marble as his primary medium and in 1983 he set up a studio in Pietrasanta. In 2006, he created the new bronze doors and a statue of John the Baptist for the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.
In 2003 he returned to Poland. Mitoraj's sculptural style is rooted in the classical tradition with its focus on the well-modelled torso. However, Mitoraj introduces a post-modern twist with ostentatiously truncated limbs, emphasizing the damage sustained by most genuine classical sculptures.
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