Wojtek Biczsko (1946 –)

Born in Sopot, Poland, Wojtek Biczysko studied architecture at the Technical University of Gdansk and sculpture at the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts. He left Poland in 1989 and arrived in Canada in 1991. At the time of his emigration, Biczysko had already participated in several group shows in Poland and Norway, and he has since maintained a strong connection to the Polish art scene. Since 1992, his works have been part of more than thirty shows in Canada and numerous shows in Europe.

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Biczysko continues to master his technique of direct modeling through the use of steel. This method of creation has become what he describes as a “welder’s nightmare” as he works to realize his poetic vision of the world. He views the world as an empty space, full of possibilities in which forms and stories are the manifestations of energy in constant movement and change. He also explores the original myth of creation in tandem with his own desire to create.

 

Biczysko believes firmly in the importance of involving himself in every aspect of his work. His sculptural forms emerge from the artist’s unique vision of the world, one that is transformed by his skill, intellect, and intuition. He explores simultaneously two paths: one that is narrative (and partly figurative), and a second that is abstract, functioning as a conceptual interaction of the elements. Both paths are conscious about the forces beyond our control.

 

Part of Biczysko’s career has been spent building an arts community within Toronto. He co-founded the annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show in 2009 and spearheaded Art Initiatives, an organization that has evolved to give more recognition to the visual artists of Canada and to the profession itself.

 

Over the last twenty years, Biczysko has won multiple grants and secured many commissions in addition to work on independent projects, including public installations, murals, and architectural-related projects. In 2008, the Polish Canadian Congress purchased a sculpture called Wings of Possibility, which was gifted to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In 2011, Biczysko’s works were amongst the dozen chosen by a curator from the Museum of Civilization, and are now part of the permanent collection of the museum. Notable corporate collectors include Acrodex, Purdy’s Wharf in Halifax, Arnold Worldwide, the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, Cineplex Odeon Corporation, and Toronto Hydro. Biczysko’s works are shown and collected worldwide in Canada, Germany, Holland, India, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.