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Sculpted Emotions
Sculptures and drawings by Polish artist and academic Adam Myjak, the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, were on show in a summer exhibition in Nałęczów, a popular health resort near the eastern city of Lublin.

Myjak’s work was exhibited in June and July at the SpaSpot gallery and included Portrait X, his latest series of ceramic projects. The work on show included disfigured heads and busts with intriguing shapes, colors and textures. Visitors to the SpaSpot gallery also saw Myjak’s charcoal drawings.

According to Myjak, a sculpture emerges through a solitary dialogue between an artist and his material. “When I’m creating a sculpture, my ambition is for my work to give off energy that you cannot describe in words and that is like a mark left by an experience that triggers reflection,” Myjak says of his work. “The form of a sculpture needs to convey an important message and somebody else is supposed to read this message. However, the final interpretation is not up to me.”

When you stand in front of one of Myjak’s sculptures, you cannot help but feel humbled by it. His sculpted portraits, masks and columns are frequently damaged and cracked and ooze an irresistible power. They take over your thoughts and rupture the triviality of everyday life, causing you to contemplate the world and yourself. Through his work, Myjak helps viewers understand the world as it is, or as it should be.

Myjak is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he is the head of two studios. One issues graduation certificates to students of the faculty of sculpture and the other is a sculpture studio at the faculty of graphic arts. Myjak is also a professor at the art faculty of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie University in Lublin and heads the university’s department of sculpture and ceramics. In 2005, he received the Gloria Artis gold medal for his outstanding contribution to Polish culture.

Myjak’s achievements include numerous prizes, awards and prestigious exhibitions. He has mentored hundreds of sculptors at the faculty of sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2012, he was elected rector of the academy for a fifth term.

Stanisław Mazur
Galeria SpaSpot, Nałęczów, 5 Andriollego St.