Stefan Wierzbicki was born in 1938 in Vilnius, Lithuania, in a Polish family. After graduating from Secondary Art School in Kaunas and studying a year at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius in a sculpture class he commenced studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at Franciszek Strynkiewicz's sculpture studio. He graduated in sculpture in 1964.
He lives and works in Warsaw.

 

Since then he has participated in all national exhibitions and art festivals organized in the Gallery of the Central Department of Art Exhibitions 'Zachęta' and has also taken part in many exhibitions abroad. His sculptures won him a lot of awards, particularly in Italy.

The world of music is a main source of inspiration for his art.

 

The most important individual exhibitions of sculpture:

 

  • in Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, Italy, for the invitation of the City Mayor's Office, 1975
  • in the Gallery of the Central Department of Art Exhibitions 'Zachęta' in Warsaw, 1979
  • in Warsaw National Concert Hall - the exhibition accompanying Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, 1991
  • in Form and Colour Gallery , Warsaw, 1996
  • in the Museum of Fine Arts of M. K. Čiurlionis in Kaunas, Lithuania, 1996
  • in the Museum of Earth, Warsaw, 1997
  • in the National Museum of Fine Arts of Lithuania, Vilnius, 1999
  • in the Museum of Earth, Warsaw, 1999
  • in the Museum of Earth, Warsaw, 2002


Stefan Wierzbicki's sculptures are exhibited in Italy, France, England, Russia and Germany.

In Poland, Wierzbicki's works can be viewed in Warsaw National Concert Hall, the Warsaw Studio Theatre of S. I. Witkiewicz, the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, the Museum of Theatre in Grand Museum in Warsaw, the Association of F. Chopin in Warsaw, the Wrocław Concert Hall of Witold Lutosławski and many other public institutions and parks.


 

 

... There can be found laws ruling art and expression regardless of time and place in Stefan Wierzbicki's sculpture. There can be found classical order and themes as well as novelties of 20th century. The art focused on sensual beauty together with allegorical and symbolical meanings. The absolutely formal beauty of structure and also the charm, the spell, the grace, ornamental value and richness in motifs.

The art of freedom towards rules and towards nature as well as the wisdom of order and moderation and also the shapes of conscious limitations. The explicit and hidden references to the music. The revealed beauty of the marble, granite, or sandstone, expression signs extracted from trunks of trees - oak, linden, maple, acacia, pear tree and cherry tree - place our 'tasting of the material' of works presented in the aesthetic and temporal context.

The formal beauty of structure, as well as charm, elegance, ornamental value and richness of motifs.

The art of the freedom towards rules and towards the nature as well as the wisdom of the order and moderation; the shape of self-imposed limitations.


Maria Lewańska, Art Historian

1997

 

First of all, his sculptures are harmonious, beautiful.

Everything else: the content, the subject, the mood, the texture, just the form, is conformed to this aim. I am enchanted by this: here is the modern and noble shape of the eternal tradition. Stefan Wierzbicki - extraordinarily talented, intellectually mature, sensitive to the subtle beauty of the shape and the sound - his first individual exhibition located in the cradle of the European sculpture: in Italy (Bolonia, 1975). Immediately he entered the main stream of the art and stayed there ever since.

Prof. Andrzej Ryszkiewicz, Art Historian

1998

 

 

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