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BIOGRAPHY

Michał Staszczak (born 1979) graduated from the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (Poland). He now runs and teaches in the Casting Studio at the Academy. Since October 2016 he has been the head of the department of sculptural techniques there. In November 2012 he received a PhD degree.

He twice represented Poland during the International Symposium of Medals, Plaques and Small Sculpture in the Czech Republic. A board member of the Polish Association of Artists. He is the author of Wrocław Silesius Poetry Award, the President of Wrocław Award and the sculpture of a “Crocodile” for the Kalambur Theatre in Wrocław.

He leads metal casting presentations and workshops. He is the director of the Festival of High Temperatures. He was twice awarded the Scholarship of Minister of Culture and the Scholarship of the Municipal Government of Wrocław for Young Talented Artists. He also received The Scholarship of the Board of the Lower-Silesian Voivodeship.

In 2012 he received the Award of the Polish Association of Artists for his exhibition "Imaginaria" and in 2014 his work "Ursus and Oddysey" was nominated for the award Premio Comel 'Vanna Migliorin', Mutazioni in Alluminio in Italy.

He has taken part numerous solo and group exhibitions and his works are in the collections in Poland and abroad.

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

"The starting point for most of my sculptures is usually a found object, often common and quotidian, but somehow observed and separated from reality. This element becomes an inspiration, the beginning of a new quality. It is rarely presented in original as I often take a plaster mould of it, cast it from wax, modify and multiply it. Sometimes it happens that such an element has to wait a long time until it becomes a part of a new creation as I must find other objects which will make an ideal whole with it. The final stage of this metamorphosis and merging all the elements in the new form comes when the form is being cast from metal whether it is bronze, iron or aluminium. This moment is of symbolic meaning to me as I participate peronally in its every stage. I physically experience the heat which melts diverse, sometimes diametrically different worlds in a new quality, the essence of reality."

"The world is a collage, multiplication, and structure. My sculptural universes come into being through a similar process."


CONTACT: Michał Staszczak
e-mail: michal.staszczak@wp.pl
Tel.: +48 606 344 875

List of exhibitions