Michał Kubiak. Sculptural portrait and a personality
“Sculpture, especially portrait sculpture, is a carrier of ideas, values and experiences. Presenting the wealth of ambiguity is one of the most difficult tasks of a sculptor. It requires finding the most appropriate form and technique of work. Giving up on the precise modelling of details and unnecessary ornamentation, discipline in using the means of expression, elimination of unnecessary elements hiding the inner truth – these are the means that allow a sculptor to acquire the ability to express emotions in a balanced and discrete way […]
Using the means of expression often happens intuitively. The development of artistic thought also means an appropriate choice of material, and the ability to combine materials with regard to their value, weight, sound, structure […] A sculptural portrait does not moralise, it only asks questions. Looking for answers is the eternal problem of the artist. The sculptural portrait constructed through associations and poetic discourse, is a personal commentary on the times we live in, it is the search for a way out of confusion, it is the search for the meaning of life and death.”
(a passage from the catalogue: Michał Kubiak. Portret rzeźbiarski a osobowość, Bureau of Art Exhibitions in Piła, the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, 2016)
Michał Kubiak (born in 1946), sculptor, lecturer. Studied at the State College of Fine Arts in Poznań (1967-1972). Degree with honours in the studio of sculpture of Olgierd Truszyński, in 1972. Winner of many awards in prestigious sculpture competitions. Twice, he received grants from the Ministry of Culture and Art. The author of portraits of many famous people (e.g. Artur Rubinstein, Jerzy Duda-Gracz, Czesław Miłosz). Presented his works at many national and international exhibitions, among others in USA (1974), France (1983), Germany (1987), Norway (1991), Great Britain (1994). His works are in the collections of the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz, Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz, “ZAR” Gallery in Warsaw, as well as private collections, both in Poland (Bydgoszcz, Ustka, Poznań) and abroad (France).
opening of the exhibition: 05.10.2016, 6pm
curator of the exhibition: Piotr Wąsowski