Igor Mitoraj was born in 1944 of a Polish mother and a French father in Oederan, Germany. He spends his youth in Krakow where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. Under the tutelage of Tadeusz Kantor, he was introduced to contemporary artist such as Andy Warhol, Lichenstein, Merz and Klein.
In 1968 he arrived in Paris to continue his studies at the Ecole Nazionale Superieure des Beaux- Arts (National High School of Fine Arts). A lengthy stay in Mexico in the early seventies allowed him to study South American and Aztec cultures. At this point, Mitoraj chooses to express himself artistically in the form of sculpture.
In 1976, his first personal exhibition at the La Hune Gallery in Paris is an enormous success. He is awarded important prizes such as the “Montrouge Prix de la Sculpture” and is encouraged by the French minister of Culture who provides him with a studio at Montmartre. Mitoraj travelled extensively, in particular to New York and Greece. After a visit to Pietrasanta in Tuscany , a sculptors paradise, the artist discovers marble as an ideal material for his sculptures, in addition to his previous use of terracotta and bronze. In 1983, he chooses to make Italy his home and opens a studio in Pietrasanta, though he continues to maintain his Paris atelier. In 1986, Mitoraj accepts an invitation to participate in the XLII International Biennial Art Exhibition in Venice.
In only a few years time, Mitoraj’s works of art have been exhibited in many countries, often one-man showings as well as displayed in important museums. He began to receive significant international commissions for his huge monumental sculptures both from private collectors as well as from the public sector. His works can be seen in London at the British Museum and Canary Wharf, at Bamberg and Krakow; in Paris at La Défence, at the Uffizi Museum and the Boboli Gardens in Florence, in Piazza del Carmine and the Scala Theatre in Milan as well as in Rome in Piazza Monte Grappa and Piazza Mignanelli.
In 2004, Mitoraj exhibits his monumental sculptures at the Tullerie Gardens of Paris, at the Mercati di Traiano in Rome (in collaboration with the Contini Art Gallery) and at the Royal Palace of Warsaw.
In September 2005, The Contini Art Gallery of Venice in collaboration with the city of Venice Civic Museums of Art and History, inaugurate an exhibition entitled Mitoraj a Venezia, an exhibition of 21 sculptures, 16 of monumental size along with 25 inedited designs. This exhibition followed an artistic route throughout the heart of the city of Venice – the Contini Art Gallery, Cà Pesaro Musuem of Modern Art and strategically placed in various campos, along the Grand Canal. Other points of interest even extended to Mestre on the mainland in the San Giuliano Park and at the Civic Center. The exhibition is a huge success.
September 2008, the Contini Gallery inaugurates a personal exhibiton, BiancoNero in its Venice gallery, with completely new works realized expressly by the artist for this occasion – twenty or more sculptures in chromatic and material dissonance – white Carrara marble black Belgian marble and bronze works in black patina – all placed in a highly atmospheric setting. The artist also presented a series of icons on a gold background, utilizing the antique pictorial technique of encaustic art of which the ancient Greeks and Pompeians were master craftsmen. The exhibition held from September 27, 2008 to April 15, 2009 attracted many visitors and collectors.
In 2009, in occasion of the “Opera Festival” of Florence the artist exhibited his monumental sculptures in the beautiful Boboli Gardens. The following year he held two important exhibitions in France: Aix-en-Provence and Abbaye de Silvacane.
In 2011 a wonderful exhibition takes place in the magnificent setting of the “Temples Valley” in Agrigento, Sicily, where the sculptures are amidst the ancient Roman ruins, to create an fascinating atmosphere
During the “Ravello Festival 2012” his paintings and sculptures were displayed in the magnificent Villa Rufolo, near Salerno, Italy.
He presently divides his time between France and his studio in the Tuscan region of Pietrasanta, Italy.
Memoriae, Villa Rufolo, Ravello (Sa), Italy
Igor Mitoraj , Valle dei templi di Agrigento, Italy
Mitoraj monumental, Aix-en-Provence, France
Mitoraj monumental, Abbaye de Silvacane, France
Porte en bronze, Èglise de Confoux, Confoux, France
Opera Festival : Aida, Giardino di Boboli, Florence, Italy
Porte des Anges, Matki Bozej Laskawej, Warsaw, Poland
Bronzes Noirs, Galleria Flora Bigai, Pietrasanta, Italy
BiancoNero, Galleria d’Arte Contini, Venice, Italy
Fer, Palazzo dell’Abbondanza, Massa Marittima, Italy
Igor Mitoraj, Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
Arte en la calle: Igor Mitoraj. El mito perdido, Rambla de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Arte en la calle: Igor Mitoraj. El mito perdido, Granada, Spain
Festival Puccini: Tosca, Torre del Lago, Italy
Igor Mitoraj. Sculture, Musei Civici Veneziani, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy
Sculptures: Cité perdue, JGM. Galerie, Paris, France
Igor Mitoraj. Sculptures monumentales, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Mitoraj ai Mercati di Traiano, Mercati di Traiano, Rome, Italy
Zamek Królewski, Warsaw, Poland
Igor Mitoraj, International Center of Culture, Kracow, Poland
Museum Narodowe, Pozna?, Poland
Igor Mitoraj, Galería Joan Gaspar, Madrid, Spain
Die schönheit. Eine zerbochene utopie, Istitut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany
Igor Mitoraj, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Lugano, Switzerland
Igor Mitoraj, nouvelle mythologie, Musée Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland
Die Galerie, Kaiserplatz, Frankfort am Main, Germany
2000 JGM. Galerie, Paris, FranceMitoraj miti incrociati, Galleria d’Arte Contini, Venice, Italy
Igor Mitoraj, Plastiken und Zeichnungen, Mumm Akademie, Villa Hajo Rüter, Eltville, Germany
Galerie l’Orangerie, Cologne, Germany
Igor Mitoraj. Sculpturen, Zeichnungen, Galerie Lévy, Hamburg, Germany
Galerie Lévy, Paris, France Galleria Toninelli, Rome, Italy