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BIOGRAPHY

Michał Staszczak (born in 1979 in Wrocław, Poland) studied sculpture at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. At present he is a lecturer at the same academy. He leads the Foundry Studio at the Academy. In 2012, he received a PhD degree in fine arts, and in 2019 he became an Associate Professor. Since September 2020, he has been Vice-Rector for Foreign Cooperation and Promotion at the Academy. Staszczak builds furnaces and casts his sculptures in aluminium, bronze or iron. He leads mould making workshops and metal pours. He was one of the founders of the Festival of High Temperatures, which consists of workshops, practical demonstrations, lectures and presentations in three art disciplines: cast metal, ceramics and glass. The event has been taking place since 2007 and is designed for professional artists, as well as for the public. Staszczak was the director of the whole event in 2015-2017, 2019 and will be in 2021. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions and his works are in public and private collections.

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

"The starting point for most of my sculptures is usually a found object, 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 usually 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 personally 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@gmail.com
Tel.: +48 606 344 875