Igor Mitoraj

Head Sculpture by Igor Mitoraj

Igor Mitoraj was a Polish artist born in Oederan, Germany. Having previously worked with terra-cotta and bronze, a trip to Carrara, Italy, in 1979 turned Igor Mitoraj 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 deli Angela in Rome.

Mitoraj’s sculptural style is rooted in the classical tradition with its focus on the well modelled torso. However, Mitoraj introduced a port-modern  twist with ostentatiously truncated limbs, emphasising the damage sustained by most genuine classical sculptures. Often his works aim to address the questions of human body, its beauty and fragility as well as deeper aspects of human nature, which as a result of the passing of time undergo degeneration.

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