Michał Kubiak

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Michał Kubiak (born 1946 in Bydgoszcz). He graduated from the II High School in Bydgoszcz. He studied in the years 1967-1972 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. He graduated with honors with a degree in sculpture studio doc. Olgierd Truszyński. He has won many awards in prestigious sclupture competitions. He presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, including France (1973), United States (1974), Germany (1987, 1990), Norway (1991). How many other sculptors of his generation, he was fascinated by the works of George Segal. He was arranging spatial situations linking human figure of expression, deforming modeling with a ready, sometimes processed object. He modeled in brittle and fragile materials. In subsequent years, the sculptor turned to durable and precious materials like stone and metal, he began to look for different forms and means of expression and above all, to explore the tedious processing of the matter and complex technology. Former antiaestheticism and brutality of plaster forms has been replaced by the perfection of the development of matter, engraving of the form aiming to shape almost perfect in its simplification, which is evident especially in the bronze busts. The artist kept his specific tendency to express and the drive to symbolize. Bust, head, human figure - the work of Michael Kubiak fluctuates around these generes. The form of the head is usually reduced to emphasize the generalized characteristic anatomical shape of the skull, without individualizing facial features. Whether he is dealing with the stone or metal, Kubiak's predilection to form soft, flowing surfaces with perfectly polished surfaces is evident. His bronze busts are uniformly shiny surface, like a mirror that responds to the environment. Kubiak does not have the custom to patina metal. Light sliding on the shiny surface, creates a busy and variable modeling. The intensity of the light reflected from the outside seems to dematerialize form, change the images on its surface. Similar effects of dematerialization of solid weight the sculptor reaches in marble, carefully developing its surface and striving to maximum simplicity, synthesis of form, which leads to almost abstract character. Sculpture of Michael Kubiak leaves the recipient areas for their own imagination, suggests rather than explains.