Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1960.
Lives and works in Mexico City.
Institute of Higher Education in Visual Arts, Paris, France
School of Fine Arts, Aix-en-Province, France
Academy of Fine Art, Paris, France
New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
“Coming out of a dream”, Omar Alonso Gallery (currently on exhibition)
“ReVISION” – Recent artwork of Xawery Wolski at The Society for Arts, Chicago
“Materia de Deseo” at Gallery 1 – Cubo from The Centro Cultural Tijuana, CECUT
(Currently on exhibition until February, 2013)
“Time Interventions” at Kai Hilgemann Gallery, Berlin, Germany (June 22- July 22)
“Xawery Wolski”, Omar Alonso Puerto Vallarta, México
Art Fair SOFA New York, Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY. (April 20-23)
Art Fair Zona MACO 2012, Galería De Arte Mexicano GAM, Mexico City. (April 18-22)
“Love Letter”, exhibition of the artwork at official venue of “Hay Festival Cartagena”
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, ( January 24th a 27th, 2013)
Recent work , Xawery Wolski at EraStudio Gallery Milano Italy (Opening April 08th, 2013)
Recent work, Xawery Wolski at ArtHobler Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland, (May/June 2013)
“Globos”, site-specific installation at Sala del Fuego of Anahuacalli Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico City.
“Thoughts, Meditations, Acts” at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL.
“Graphics, Sculpture and Installation” at Espacio Escultorico La telaraña, Oaxaca,
At Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca IAGO, and at Bodega Quetzalli Gallery, Oaxaca, Mexico.
“Blysk” at Bochenska Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
“Xawery Wolski – Portrait” at Bielska BWA Gallery, Bielsko-Biala, Poland.
“Un cielo para cada uno”, site-specific installation at Cubo Textil Contemporáneo TC3, Textile Museum of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Recent artwork at Alejandro Sales Gallery, Zona MACO Art Fair, Mexico City.
“Show me the garden…” Caja Blanca Gallery, Mexico City.
“Globos”, Art New Media Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
“W Pustke Nieba”, Juan Soriano Foundation, Warsaw, Poland.
“MROK, Nobody knows of what a body is capable of”, Modern Art Museum, Mexico City
“Más Allá”, five monumental sculptures at Arcos Bosques Square, Mexico City Artwork at Alejandro Sales Gallery, Zona MACO Art Fair, Mexico City.
“Morfologías”, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
“Into an Empty Sky”, Jim Thompson Arts Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
Itinerant exhibition wich had travelled to Khon Kaen University Museum, Chiang Mai
University Museum, Thailand, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Artwork at Alejandro Sales Gallery. Zona MACO Art Fair, Mexico City.
“Nucleus”, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Pokaz Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico.
“Time, Here and There” Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland.
“Xawery Wolski: recent sculpture” Long House Reserve, Long Island, NY.
Solo show at Nara Roesler Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brasil
“Koral Zalobny”, Stefan Szydlowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico.
“Many Drawings”, Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
“Dust”, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL.
“Humus”, Jorge Shirley Gallery, Lisboa, Portugal
“Dust”, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.
“Humus”, Arthobler Gallery, Porto, Portugal (cat.)
“Humus”, Stefan Szydlowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
“Tattoo”, Pokaz Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (brochure)
“Dust”, Arts Centre, Monterrey, Mexico (cat.)
“Dust”, Art Museum Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (cat.)
“Dust”, Museum of Contemporary Art MACO, Oaxaca, Mexico (cat.)
“Dust”, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City (cat.)
“Light, Body, Matter”, Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Puebla, Mexico (cat.)
María Martín Gallery, Madrid, Spain
“Human”, Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico.
Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, USA
“Human”, OMR Gallery, Mexico D.F.
Artwork at Maria Martin Gallery, FIAC Art Fair, Paris (cat.)
Emma Molina Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico (cat.)
University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
María Martín Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
Der Brucke Gallery, Cap. Fed. Buenos Aires, Argentina (cat.)
OMR Gallery, Mexico City (brochure)
De la Nacion Museum, Lima, Peru (cat.) Forum Gallery, Lima, Peru
“Humus”, OMR Gallery, Mexico DF, Mexico (brochure)
Corriente Alterna, Lima, Peru
“Formy”, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
Group show Project Uriarte Talavera, Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City (May-June, 2012)
“Arte Sano entre Artistas 2.0” Museo de Arte Popular, México D.F. (now in exhibition)
“ Here, Now, Then, There and Here again…”, Religare Art Center, Nueva Delhi, India
“Aire” VI International Bienal of Contemporary Art Textile – World Textile Art,
Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum, México City. (May)
“Rojo”, Omar Alonso Gallery, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
“Cimbra: formas especulativas y armados metafísicos”, Museum of Modern Art
MAM, Mexico City.
“W przestrzeni”, Opole, Polonia.
“Hecho en Casa”, Museum of Modern Art MAM, Mexico City.
“Revisons nos classiques. La terre dans l’art contemporain” Chapelle des pénitents noirs, Aubagne, France.
“Lightness and roughness of the line,” Nara Roesler Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
“Looky See”, Otis Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
“Espai2nou2”, Senda Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
“Microwave Five”, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY.
“Poza”, Real Art Ways. Hartford, Connecticut, NE
“Ground, Field, Surface”, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY.
“Pink”, Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
“White Paintings”, Stefan Szydlowski Galllery, Warsaw, Poland.
“Une culture d’entreprise”, Musee des Tapisseries. Aix-en-Provence, France.
“Benefit Selections Exhibition”, 25th Anniversary The Drawing Center, New York.
“Systems, Order, Nature”, Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery”, Houston, TX.
“Time, Stone, Clay”, Universitarian Museum of Arts & Sciences MUCA, Mexico.
“Círculos”, María Martín Gallery, Madrid, Spain
“Escultura Mexicana de la Academia a la Instalación”, Museum of fine Arts, Mexico City (cat.)
“Bookish Projects”, Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
“Papeles”, María Martín Gallery, Madrid, Spain
“Inapropiadamente dibujo”, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City (brochure)
“Caleidoscopio: Lenguajes contemporáneos”, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, Mexico City
“En Blanco”, Maria Martin Gallery, Madrid, Spain
“Tierra. identidades dispersas”, Universitarian Museum of Arts & Sciences MUCA, Mexico City (cat.)
Fifth Salon Arte Bancomer, Mexico City
Jose Luis Cuevas Museum, Historic District Festival, Mexico City.
“Hiper”, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, Mexico City (brochure)
“Forjar Espacios, La escultura forjada en el siglo XX”, CAAM, Canary Islands,
IVAM, Valencia, Spain, Musee des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelles, Calais, France
“Spring Selections”, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (brochure)
“Escultures finimilenaristas”, Museum of Modern Art MAM, Mexico City (cat.)
Aline Vidal Gallery, Paris, France
Fourth Salon Arte Bancomer, Mexico City (cat.)
“Sous le manteau”, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France (cat.)
OMR Gallery, Mexico City (brochure)
Museo de Osma, Lima, Peru
‘Mostra da Gravura’, Museo Municipal de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil (cat.)
Bugdahn und Kaimer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
“Devant le future”, Tae-jon Exposition, South Korea (cat.)
“Ars Erotica”, Narodowe Museum, Warsaw, Poland
Collection Muzeum Sztuki 1931-1992”, Saint Pierre Museum, Lyon, France (cat.)
ELAC, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France.
“Parcours Prives”, Paris, France (cat.)
“Magowie I Mistycy”, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (cat.)
“Jestemy”, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (cat.)
FRAC, Fonds Regional d’Arts Contemporain, Marseille, France (acquisition)
“Construction in Process”, Lodz, Poland
2008 Grant from Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York, USA
2006 Critic Prize Pokaz for the best exhibition of the year, Warsaw, Poland
2000 Croix d’Argent pour le Merite et Devouement Francais au titre des Arts.
1998 Special Mention, Prix Lacouriere, Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris
1996 ‘L’envers des Villes’, AFAA Scholarship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caisse des
1994 Grant for an Individual project, AFAA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
1992 Grant for an individual project, FIACRE, Ministry of Cultureat Paris, France
1991 ‘Sculpture Prize’ at the Bienale de Nice, France
Grant from Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York, USA
Grant for an individual exhibition, Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques,
2012 Residence at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Residence at PVArt Studio Agucate, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2011 Residence at Religare Art Programme, New Delhi, India.
2008 Residence at Jim Thompson Art Center, Bankgok, Thailand
“Chain”. Monumental sculpture commissioned by the “Epic Hotel”, Miami.
2005 Monumental sculpture for Art Walk, Miami One, Residential Compound, Miami, FL
2003 Monumental Sculpture for Art Museum Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico.
1996 “Estelas”. Public Sculpture for Mexico City, sponsored by AFAA, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Caisse des Depots, Mexico City.
1994 ‘Pulmones de Barranco’. Site-specific Sculpture for the City of Lima, Peru sponsored by AFAA, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1993 ‘Maison en terre’. Public Sculpture for the Taejon Expo, South Korea.
1990 Drawing professor, School of Fine Arts, Aix-en-Province, France.
Works in marble, Carrara, Italy.
– FNAC, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
– FRAC, Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, Alpes Province, Cote d’Azur, France
– National Library of France, Paris
– Worldbank Art Program, Washington, DC
– Mordena Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
– Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
– Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw, Poland
– Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
– Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico
– Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca, Mexico
– Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico
– Secretaria de Cultura, Puebla, Mexico
– Fundacion JUMEX, Mexico
– Colección FEMSA, Monterrey, Mexico
– Fundacion Cultural Bancomer, Mexico
– Banco de Credito, Lima, Peru.
– University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
– Private collections in Poland, France, Spain, U.S.A., Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Germany,
Belgium, Switzerland, Italy
•Xawery Wolski, brochure. Galería Omar Alonso, Mexico, 2011.
•Xawery Wolski: W Puske Nieba, brochure. Juan Soriano & Marek Keller Foundation / Mexican Embassy in Poland, and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mexico. Warsaw, 2009
•Into and Empty Sky, Xawery Wolski, catalogue. The James H.W. Thompson Foundation The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand. 2009
Texts: Foreword by Arturo Puente; ‘Reiterations: Openess and Material Culture’ by David The;
‘A conversation with Xawery Wolski’ by Gridthiya Gaweewong, 2008
•Xawery Wolski: Time, Here and There, catalogue. Zacheta National Art Gallery,
Texts: Foreword by Agnieszka Morawinska; ‘The Inflections of time’ by Stefan Szydlowski; ‘Xawery Wolski: Interstices of Time and Space’ by Edward J. Sullivan; ‘Trayectory of Xawery Wolski’s Drawings’by by Marek Bartelik; ‘The espace between (in time): some notes to approach Xawery Wolski’s work’ by Octavio Zaya, 2006
•Xawery Wolski, published by UBS and Landucci Editors, Mexico City, 2005.
‘Nature of the work: Accumulation of a great number of chains in an enclosed space’ by Xawery Wolski, 1990
‘’Sculptures by Xawery Wolski’ by Serge Faucheraeau, Paris, 1992
Transcript of conference presented at the Lyon’s space of Contemporary Art (ELAC), Lyon
Untitled, Xawery Wolski, 1992
‘Introduction for the cave projects’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘Space-Impression’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘Observatorium I’, Artists Museum Lodz, by Xawery Wolski 1992
‘Observatorium II’ (Cave) by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘ Projection’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘The Golden Pavillion’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘The ancestor’s room’ by Xawery Wolski, 1993
‘Corridor-Tunnel, Earth Passage’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘The clay square’ (Homage to Malevitch) by Xawery Wolski,Paris, 1993
‘Earth House’ by Xawery Wolski, Paris, 1993
‘Cave!’ by Serge Fauchereau, Paris 1996
‘Xawery Wolski: Memory of Clay’ by Antonio Zaya, Platla d’Aro, 2004
‘Love Letter’ by Nadiejda Maldestam, 1938
‘Fragments and seeds of a body of earth: some thoughts on Xawery Wolski’s work’ by Fernando Castro Flores, Madrid, 2003
‘Report on the Urban project for Mexico City: The other sites of cities’ by Xawery Wolski, 1997, Mexico
•Humus, Arthobler Gallery and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mexico. Porto, Portugal, Nov. 2003.
Texts: ‘El Humus’ by Jaime Moreno Villareal y Miguel Cervantes.
•Tattoo, brochure. Pokaz Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2003.
Texts: by Elzbieta Dzikowska
•Polvo/Proch, catalogue. Conaculta, INBA; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil; Centro de las Artes, Conarte; Museo de Arte de Zapopan; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca; Amigos del Museo, A.C. Mexico, 2002 – 2003.
Textos: ‘Fragments and Seeds of the body of the earth: Considerations about the work of Xawery Wolski’ by Fernando Castro Flores; ‘El pajaro transparente’ by Mario Bellatin; ‘Polvo/Proch’, Sylvia Navarrete.
•Polvo/Proch Xawery Wolski, dossier. Conaculta, INBA., Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Galería O.M.R., Mexico, 2002.
Text: Sylvia Navarrete.
•Luz, Cuerpo, Materia, Xawery Wolski, catalogue. Secretaria de Cultura Puebla y Conaculta. México, 2002.
Texts: ‘The transparent matter, Xawery Wolski’ by Pedro Ángel Palou García; ‘. ‘Earth that talks’, by Antonio Zaya.
•Tattoo, catalogue. Bancomer Foundation and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. México 2002.
Text: Osvaldo Sánchez.
•El Arte que viene / The Art to come. Edited by Paco Barragan. Subastas Siglo XXI, Madrid, Spain.
•Xawery Wolski, catalogue. Galería Emma Molina. Monterrey, 2000.
Text: Antonio Zaya.
•Xawery Wolski. Museo Rufino Tamayo/Americo Arte Editores, Landucci Editors. Milano 1999.
Texts: by Elena Poniatowska, Miguel Cervantes and Jaime Moreno Villarreal.
•Forging Space: 20th Century Wrought Iron Sculpture, catalogue. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Canarias Islands, Spain. IVAM, Valencia, Spain y Museè des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, Calais, France 1999.
Text: Serge Fauchereau.
•El Humus, catalogue. Der Brucke Editors, Buenos Aires, 1998
Texts: by Jaime Moreno Villareal and Miguel Cervantes
•Selections Spring ’98’, brochure. The Drawing Center, New York, 1998
Text: Xawery Wolski
•Under the coat, catalogue. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 1997
Text: Xawery Wolski
•Light, Body, Matter, catalogue. Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru, 1996
Texts: by Paulo Herkenhoff, Caroline Smulders and Jorge Villacorta Chávez.
•Exhibit of Etchings, catalogue. Museo Municipal de Arte, Curitiba, Brasil, 1995
Text: Xawery Wolski
•Projects from Peru, catalogue. Centro Cultural Chávez de la Rosa. Arequipa, Peru, 1995
Text: Jorge Villacorta Chávez
•Forms, catalogue. Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 1994
Text: Interview with Elzbieta Dzikowska,
•Future lies ahead, catalogue. Seoul Museum, South Korea, Institute des Hautes Etudes en Art Plastiques, Paris, 1993.
Text: Xawery Wolski.
•Sculptures by Xawery Wolski, brochure. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, 1992
Text: Serge Fauchereau.
•Museum Sztuki, Lodz 1931-1992 Collection- Documentation- Actualite, catalogue. Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon et ELAC, Lyon, France.
Text: Interview with Maria Morzuch,
•Parcours Prives’, catalogue, Parcours Prives- Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Paris, France, 1991
Text: Elvan Zabunyan.
•Xawery Wolski, brochure. Galerie Caroline Serrero, Marselle, France, 1991
Text: Caroline Smulders.
Yazmin Cruz, “Arte al paso”, El Sol de Mexico, May 19, 2010.
Sonia Avila, “Wolski une su obra con cadenas”, El Excelsior, May 14, 2010.
Carla Bianpoen, “Exploring new configurations in ceramics”, The Jakarta Post, October 1st 2009.
Khetsirin Pholdhampalit, “How everuthing is linked”, Daily Xpress, Bangkok, January 29, 2009.
2008 Blanca González Rosas, “Arte, Mercado, Instituciones”, Proceso 1643, Mexico
2007 Marek Bartelik. “Xawery Wolski, Fragmeneted Trajectory” American Ceramics #152, New Y ork, Nov. 2007.
Joanna Muller. “Signs drawn by time”. Exhibition in Zacheta, Dziennik. Warsaw, Oct 04, 2006.
Agnieszka Kowalska.’White clouds on white sky’. Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw, Sept. 19, 2006
Monika Kuc. ‘Reality in white’. Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw, Sept. 19, 2006
Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin. ‘Sculptor Xawery Wolski seeks truth finds miracles’. Vox Magazine, Long Island, Summer 2006.
Joan Baum. ‘In the gallery’. The Independent, Traveler watch, New York, 2006
Stefan Szydlowski. ‘About Sculptures, Travels, Could be archeology?’. Exit Magazine. New art in Poland. #3, 2005
Antonio Zaya. ‘Xawery Wolski. Earth that talks’. Revista ‘Cuarta Pared’, Feb-April, 2005/2004
Roberta Smith. ‘Art in Review: Ground-Field-Surface’. The New York Times, Aug. 13th, 2004
The New Yorker. ‘Goings on About Town:Galleries-Chelsea’, Aug. 2, 2004
Fernando Partida. ‘Contemporary Oasis in a traditional religious villa’, Casas y Gente, Sept.
Holly Myers. ‘Nature of Universal Truths is dusted off and explored’. Xawery Wolski at the Ben Maltz Gallery. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, 28 Jan.. 2004
Dawn Page. ‘It comes from dust’. ‘La opinion’, Los Angeles, 16 Jan. 2004.
Mitchell Owens. ‘Sinking roots in a rented space’. The New York Times. New York, 5 June
Victor Ortiz. ‘Three exhibitiosn and good news in MAZ’. Cultura. Mexico Feb. 18th, 2003
Jorge Luis Plata. ‘Between terracotta and paper’. Oaxaca, April 30th, 2003
Xochitl Martinez. ‘Contemporary Art’. Visiones, Guadalajara, April 2003
Victor Manuel Pazarin. ‘Wolski’s dust in MAZ’. Ayuntamiento de Zapopan, Guadalajara, March 4th, 2003
Aaron Sanchez. ‘Light, Body, Earth’. El Sol de Puebla, Mexico, Jan. 25, 2003
Amelia Dominguez. ‘Xawery Wolski transforms terracotta in contemporary art in ‘Light, Body, Matter’. La Jornada, Mexico, January 24th, 2003.
Julieta Riveroll. ‘Evoquing with dust the return to origins’. Reforma. Mexico, July 1st. 2002
Omar Sanchez. ‘The pole Xawery Wolski exhibits ‘Dust’. El Sol. Mexico June 26th, 2002
Abraham Vazquez. ‘Wolski converts dust… into art’. El Porvenir. Mexico Nov. 28th, 2002
Adriana Moncada. ‘Memory and fragility mix at dust’. Uno mas uno. Mexico, June 27th 2002
Andres Oriard. ‘Dust’. El Heraldo. Mexico, June 30th 2002
Martin Casillas. ‘Alternative Art’. El Financiero. Mexico, June 26th, 2002
Marcela Corral. ‘Remiends us that dust we are.’ El Norte. Mexico Nov. 28, 2002
Miguel Muniz. ‘Sculpture speaks by itself in Dust’. Milenio. Mexico, Nov, 28th, 2002
Rosario Pinelo. ‘Earthy duality ’. Tiempo libre. Mexico July 26th, 2002
Arte y Parte. ‘Xawery Wolski’, #41, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 2002, pag. 126
Maria Garcia Yelo. ‘Xawery Wolski’. Blanco y Negro Cultural, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 30th, 2002, pag. 30
Elena Vozmediano. ‘Silent Wolski’. El Cultural, Madrid, Spain, Nov. 21st, 2002, pag. 28
Ramon Almela. ‘ Xawery Wolski, bodily dialogue with earth’, www.criticarte.com, Madrid, Spain.
Antonio Zaya. Xawery Wolski. A project for Atlantica. Atlantica No. 28, Spain, Winter 2001, pag. 68-75
Eugenio Espinoza. Xawery Wolski. Diana Lowenstein Gallery. Art Nexus No. 41, Colombia, 2001, pag. 117-118
Elisabeth Malkin. Xawery Wolski. Artnews, December 2001, pag. 168
Lourdes Botello.’ Xawery Wolski and Milagros de la Torre, moving testimony of man’s passage’. Paula. Mexico, Nov. 2000, pags. 134-140
Bertha Wario. ‘Evoques the infinity of abstraction’. Periodico El Norte. Monterrey, April, 2000
Ernesto Sosa. ‘Inappropriately Drawing’. Art Nexus, No. 36. Colombia. Mayo-Junio, 2000. pag. 122-124
Francisca Rivero Lake. ‘Special Forms and materials’. Xawery Wolski. Revista Celular No. 114. Mexico, D. F. March, 2000. pag. 84-87
Jose A. Montero. ‘The polish artist opens in Abrantes organic sculpture’. La Gaceta. Salamanca, Spain, February 23rd, 2000
Jose F. Merino. ‘The polish artist opens in Abrantes organic sculpture. El Adelanto. Salamanca, Spain, February 23rd., 2000
Marie-Cecile Miessner. ‘Nouvelles de l’Estampe’ No.169. Paris, March – April 2000
Fernando Castro Flores. ‘Xawery Wolski’, ABC Cultural. Spain, Nov. 20th, 1999. pag. 37-42
Fernando Huichi. ‘The organic analogies of Wolski’. El Pais. Spain, Nov. 13th, 1999. pag. 18
Fernando Huichi. ‘Bodies of pure light’. El País. Spain, Sept., 1999
Cynthia Palacios Goya. ‘Xawery Wolski donates sculpture ‘Chains’ will be exposed in Tamayo Museum’. El Universal. Mexico, D. F. June 19th, 1999. pag. 3
Alfonso de Neuvillate. Casas y Gente. ‘Xawery Wolski. ‘Humos, Detritus’. Casas y Gente.Mexico, 1999. pag. 18
Victoria Verlichak. ‘Terracota and stone’. Dec., 1998
Ana María Battistozzi. ‘Written with the body’. Clarin. Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec., 1998.
Jorge López Anaya. ‘Self portraits and arquetypes’. La Nación. Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec., 1998.
Fabian Lebenglik. ‘Earth molded’. Página 12. Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec., 1998.
Eva Grinstein. ‘A delicate universe of images’. El Cronista. Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 25th, 1998.
Berenice González. ‘The clay traces of Xawery Wolski’. Harper’s Bazaar. Mexico, July, 1998.
Leticia Sánchez. ‘Wolski proposes visual repetition’. Reforma. Mexico, D. F. June 22th, 1998.
Virginia Bautista. ‘Proposing new aesthetic forms to the spectator’. Reforma. Mexico, Dec. 15th. 1998.
Adriana Moncada. ‘Xawery Wolski inaugurated sculpted space dedicated to street children’. Uno más uno. Mexico, D. F. May 2nd., 1997. pag. 24
Ana Lilia Rojas Cano. ‘Xawery Wolski will create two sculptures’. El Día. Mexico, D. F. March 24th, 1997. pag. 24
Cynthia Palacios Goya. ‘Xawery Wolski, exhibits at OMR Galleryt. Sculpture with pre columbian inheritance”. El Nacional. Mexico, D. F. 10 Dec. 10th, 1996. pag. 43
Adriana Moncada. ‘ I work with clay because its a metrial that goes with my temperament’. Uno más uno. Mexico, D. F. Nov. 22nd, 1996. pag. 26
Osvaldo Sánchez. ‘Orphan gestures’. Reforma. Mexico, D. F. Nov. 13th, 1996. pag. 3C
Arturo Mendoza Mociño. ‘Unites the past with contemporary art’. Reforma. Mexico, D. F. Nov. 5th, 1996. pag. 4C
Merry McMasters. ‘The polish artist exposes in OMR Gallery’ . La Jornada. Nov. 8th, 1996. pag. 26
Enrique Planas. ‘Earth cult’. El Sol. May 29th, 1996. pag. 6B
Élida Román. ‘Félix Oliva & Xawery Wolski expose in double’ . El Comercio. Peru. May 26th, 1996. pag. C3
‘Wolski and the sculpting matter’. Diario de la Reública. Peru. May 22nd, 1996.
‘Roads that suggest introspection’. Cultural. Peru. May 21st, 1996. pag. C6
‘The crosses of Gimenez and the light of Wolski’. Cultural. Peru. May 14th, 1996.
‘Stone and Life. Sculptures of Xawery Wolski in the Museo de la Nación’. Caretas. Peru. May 9, 1996.
‘Pole exposes works made in Lima’. El Comercio. Lima, Peru. May 29th, 1994.
Luis Lama. ‘Xawery Wolski shows work in terracota’. Caretas. Lima, Peru. May 18th, 1994.
‘Sculptures of Xawery Wolski’. Expreso. Peru. May 6th, 1994.
George Melrod. ‘Xawery Wolski’. Art News. U.S.A., January, 1993. pag. 137-138
Ami Barak. ‘Xawery Wolski’, Galerie Philippe Boulakia. Art Press. France, Jan., 1992.
Michelle Cone. ‘France in Review’. Arts Magazine. U.S.A., January 1992
Peter Herbstreuth. Ein Flirt mil der Ungeliebten. Feuilleton. Germany.
M.B. ‘It was a time in the East’. Beaux Arts Magazine, France, July 1992.
For we have always made art from the Earth. By heightening this intimacy with organic material itself, the artist participates in a shamanic rite, both honoring the source and enlightening it with invention.
Growing up in Poland during the Communist Party’s occupation, artist Xawery Wolski inherited an atmosphere of both regression and rebellion. Not until the death of Stalin in 1953 did political freedom give artists more opportunity to express dissent. The strongest influence however in Xawery’s formative years was with his father, who did scientific research in the cross pollination of plants for the Polish government. This brought Xawery, a city boy, into nature, where he could observe the natural environment first hand. This education no doubt contributed to his love of seeds and fibers and the products of the natural world, which he used later as a medium for his art. Still, for Xawery Poland was too isolated, and he left in 1982 to study in Paris, then later in New York.
From his restricted life under Communist rule in Poland, Xawery has became dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, especially for the artist. “Knowing that we are all alike…we have a desire for freedom, happiness…. we fear disease, bad luck, death…and finally, no matter which cultural, social or moral patterns we know, we look for communication.”
Xawery’s predecessor’s in minimal sculpture, Brancusi, Judd, Morris, to name a few, inform the art he creates with the simplest organic materials: seeds, beans, rope, clay, shells, stone. Even when he deviates to working with bronze, he prefers to conceal the underlying metal under a patina of matte white, abstracting it into a prime, pristine posture, as if exhumed from a dream or a distant past.
His work with seeds illustrates the continuum of form and of life. A seed contains all that its maturity will be: its birth, death, and its return to life. The use of seeds and other organic material for Xawery not only is a homage to nature but a way to connect with the metaphor of continuation, cycles of earth’s history.
In Xawery’s work there is a sense of the exhumed fossil, the basic skeletal structure of nature: bone, shells, cocoons, stone. These he elevates into icons or esthetic networks, the connectivity he deems so essential to life. He also makes very large ritual necklaces and gowns, made from fish bone, wire, bean. These are hung on walls like museum displays of a past civilization. If worn, these ceremonial garments would connect the wearer or initiate to the forms of nature. Xawery also is fascinated by drops of water, and will draw hundreds of water drops with meticulous repetition, again connecting the network of living matter on paper.
In his studio, there is a wonderful wall sculpture of an enormous dense black mound, called “Melancholia,” an abstraction of the curve, height, and descent of a mountain form, constructed of thin polymer that hovers between drawing and sculpture. Xawery’s concern is always with reducing his subject to its essential matrix, but not mathematically as much as sensually. Often he does not complete a woman’s figure, but leaves her essential form floating as a suggestion. He avoids the blatant realism of the figurative: a part can signify the whole.
The large chain link sculptures are another demonstration of connectivity and communication for Xawery. Fired from terra cotta they are painted and burnished to an immaculate white matte. Reminiscent of Claus Oldenburg’s gigantic renderings of common house objects like light switches, but now seamless classical icons, they symbolize the inseparable link of ideas and their strength. They are not only large, but give an illusion of weightlessness as they hang from ceilings or extrude from walls.
Xawery has exhibited his work in countries throughout the world. He has been awarded residencies in Asia, South America, Mexico, The United States, and Europe. As he travels, he continues to collect the natural products of each country as inspiration for his prolific art. Whatever is born of the earth, sea, wind, or even the insect world, he will emphasize its inherent design. In one large hanging piece he tightly pasted together pure silk abandoned cocoons to form a massive wall. It becomes a startling presence by displaying its basic fibrous architecture. He will also humorously set apart a few exaggerated water drops of terra cotta, coated with a platinum patina, to ripple freely down a wall, or small links of white chain that lie about like found objects. Freedom to express the simplest forms, the warp and woof of his sensibility, makes Xawery’s art seem the most ancient of crafts elevated to the freedom of modern ideas.