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Sylwester Ambroziak

 

1964, Łowicz

He was born in 1964 in Łowicz (Poland). He studied on the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Poland), where he made his debut by presenting his sculptures and performances before his graduation. He received many times the scholarships from, inter alia, Notoro Foundation and the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsk, Culture Foundation and Kulczyk Foundation. He was also nominated to receive "Paszporty Polityki" prize in 1994, 1999 and 2008.

Ambroziak is a versatile artist who specialises in carving, drawing but also installations and experimental animated films. His works are associated with New Expression in "Young Art" and they are characterised by simplicity and brutality in the form of deformation. Moreover, they are inspired by folk nature and African art. The artist also does not keep off from the biblical and Christian topics, although his interpretations are far away from formulaic canons and doctrine.

The figures of Ambroziak are mostly sizeable sculptures made of wood but currently he also uses silicone, fibreglass and resin. His sculptures possess short legs, extended torso and long, simian hands. In turn, the disproportionate heads are distinguished by the features related to the roots of civilisation. A significant role in his artistic activity plays spirituality in the positive aspect of primitivity where the shamans were the artists, priests as well as healers. Another meaningful factor was the political situation in Poland in '80s and prudishness of the Catholic society. All those artistic measures cause that these grotesque deformed figures become almost provocatively ugly. The artist calls them "Minotaurs" – humanoid figures with anonymous faces.

Ambroziak also looks for inspirations in comic-books, cartoons, science fiction movies and in general mass culture. In this way the artist casts his mind back to the childhood in which the unlimited imagination played an essential part. As a result this set of factors contributed to the sculptures' silhouettes, their rescaling, deformation, factures and roughness.

Sylwester Ambroziak presented his works on over 80 solo exhibitions and over 120 group exhibitions in Poland and all around the world.

 

2015

Home Sweet Home – Sculptural and Sound Installation, Animations”, Artists Square, Kielce /catalogue/

The Garden of the Innocents – Sculptural Installation “, Brewery Factory Centre, Katowice / folder/

Abandoned- Sculptural and Sound Installation”, Wilson Shaft Gallery, Katowice

2014

The Misericordia- Sculptural and Sound Installation , Animations”, Łaźnia Gallery, Radom

Home Sweet Home – Sculptural and Sound Installation , Animations”, Meno Forma Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania

2013

"The Lamb - Sculptural Installation, Animations", Puławska Gallery, Puławy

"The Lamb - Sculptural Installation, Animations", Podlaska Gallery, Biała Podlaska

"Glass Beads - Sculptural Installation and Animation", Contemporary Sculpture Museum, CRP Orońsko /album/

2012

"Two Rooms”, Bałucka Gallery, City Art Gallery, Łódź 

"The Fields Will Turn Green Again", Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole /catalogue/

"I Feel You", Contemporary Art Gallery, Przemyśl

"Glass Beads", MT Gallery, Historical Museum in Bielsko-Biala /album/

"Glass Beads", Arsenal Gallery, Poznań /album/

"The Temptation - 20 Years Later", Gotycka Gallery, Castle of Pomeranian Dukes, Szczecin

Sylwester Ambroziak - Sculpture and Animations", BWA Gallery, Gorzów Wielkopolski /catalogue/

Sylwester Ambroziak. Sculpture and Animations", El Gallery, Elblag

2011

"The Glass Beads. Sculpture and movies", Miejska BWA Gallery, Bydgoszcz /album/

2010

Sylwester Ambroziak - Sculpture”, Cargo 20 Gallery, Verone, Italy

The Room”, Pokaz Critics Gallery, Warsaw

Sylwester Ambroziak”, Conestabo Art Gallery, Trieste, Italy

2009

Sculpture”, Zamojska BWA Gallery, Zamość

Sculpture”, Zamkowa-Strzelnica Gallery, Town Museum, Bielsko-Biała

The Innocents”, Miejska BWA Gallery, Częstochowa

2008

Rosemary’s Babies”, Centre for Theatre Practices "Gardzienice", Lublin

The Innocents”, Orangery Gallery, Polish Sculpture Center, Orońsko

The Innocents”, Artistic Exhibitions Bureau, Rzeszów

2007

The Innocents”, Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw /catalogue/

Sculpture”, Wilson Mineshaft Art Gallery, Katowice

The Innocents”, Contemporary Art Gallery, Olsztyn /catalogue/

Rosemary’s babies”, Wozownia Contemporary Art Gallery, Toruń

Without Title - the Installation of Sculptures”, French Culture Institute, Warsaw

2006

Drawings and Sculptures”, Art New Media Gallery, Warsaw

Sculptures”, Visiting Gallery, Skoda Zone – Sculpture Gallery, Warsaw

2005

Sculpture”, Town Art Gallery, Willa Gallery, Łódź

I Resemble You Inside”, Old Brewery Art Gallery, Poznań /catalogue/

Sculptures”, Contemporary Art Gallery, Szczecin

The Metaphor of the Present” /with Jan Ferenc/, Lufcik DAP Gallery, Warsaw

2004

I Resemble You Inside”, Contemporary Sculpture Museum, Polish Sculpture Center, Orońsko /album /

Sculptures and Drawings”, Pressure Tower Art Gallery, Konin /catalogue /

These Characters Are Close to Us and Their Gestures Are Familiar II”, Town Gallery, Wrocław

2003

"Feeling Your Smell, Feeling Your Breath", Pokaz Critics Gallery, Warsaw

"I Resemble You Inside", Contemporary Art Museum, Radom

"Sculpture", Contemporary Art Gallery, Włocławek

"Sculpture and Drawing", Puławska Art Gallery, Puławy

2002

"Drawing, Sculpture", Wozownia Contemporary Art Gallery, Toruń

"People in a Machine Room" the 5th Gombrowicz Festival, Popular Theater, Radom

"Sculpture and Drawing", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau Gallery, Gorzów Wielkopolski,

"Sculpture" Polish Artists Union, Na Piętrze Gallery, Toruń

"Sylwester Ambroziak - Sculptures", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau Art Gallery, Książ Castle, Wałbrzych

"Sculpture", BGSW Little Gallery, Słupsk,

"New Man", Contemporary Art Gallery, Olsztyn

"New Man", The Gallery of Art, Legnica

2001

"The Latest Sculptures", Invest-Aurum Mint, EXIT Foundation, Warsaw

"Sculpture and Drawing", Arsenal City Gallery, Poznań /catalogue/

"Sculpture and Drawing", Mała Gallery, Nowy Sącz

"Sculpture", Aleksandra Laska Authors' Gallery, Diana's Temple, Royal Baths, Warsaw

2000

Sculpture and Drawing", Pokaz Critics Gallery, Warsaw

1999

"Two Expressions" /with Eugeniusz Markowski/, Milano Art Gallery, Warsaw

"Everything Most Important, Everything Most Beautiful...", Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw

/ catalogue/

1998

Dreiplastische Positionem", Kunstbahnhof Herrnhut, Germany

"Sculpture and Drawing", 27 Gallery, Bielsko-Biała

"Without Title", Sculpture City Gallery, Warsaw

"Sculpture", C Gallery, Ciechanów /catalogue/

1997

Sculpture", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau, Bydgoszcz /catalogue/

"What about Love", Milano Gallery, Warsaw

1996

"Sculpture", Manhattan Gallery, Łódź /catalogue/

"Anti -Hero", Promotion Gallery, Warsaw /catalogue/

"Sculpture", EL Gallery Art Center, Elbląg

"Sculpture", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau Contemporary Art Gallery, Sandomierz /catalogue/

1995

"Anti - Heroes", Castle Gallery, Lubin

"Figures and Signs", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau Contemporary Art Gallery, Częstochowa

"Sylwester Ambroziak, Ewa Monika Groń", Espace Degre Art Gallery, Luxemburg

1994

"Polonia" /with E. Markowski and W. Ćwiertniewicz/, Warsaw IWP, organized by the Promocyjna Gallery

"Sculpture", Artistic Exhibitions Bureau Arsenal City Gallery, Poznań

"Sculpture" Milano Gallery, Warsaw

1993

"These Characters Are Close to Us and Their Gestures Are Familiar to Us", Stara Kordegarda, Royal Baths, Warsaw

1992

"Sculpture and Drawing", Gogacz Gallery, Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw

"Sculpture", Południowa Gallery, Castle of the Pomeranian Dukes, Szczecin

1991

Temptation“ (Versuchung), Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria /catalogue /

1990

"Sculpture", Art Castle, Vitebsk, Bielorussia

"Small Forms", Gate Gallery, Warsaw

"Bleeding Heart" (with I. Krenz and Z. Nitka), Polish Architects Association Large Hall, Warsaw, organized by the Notoro Gallery

"Sculpture", Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw /catalogue/

1989

"St. Anthony's Temptation" (graduation exhibition), Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

1988

"Energy of the Center", Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

1987

"Crazy Horse", Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

1984

"A Walk" performance, Dziekanka Studio, Warsaw

"Me, too - For Barabbas" performance, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

 

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