Polish-born sculptor Xawery Wolski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1960. Studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts (Warsaw), the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris, the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, the School of Fine Arts (Aix-en-Province), and the Institute of Higher Education in Visual Arts (Paris).
His first independent work was created in 1983 in Carrara, Italy where he explored the local materials. Wolski now works in a variety of materials: bronze, terracotta, wire, and fish bones. He makes sophisticated, minimalist and contemporary artworks using long established methods and familiar crafted materials. Created painstakingly by hand, these intricate works evoke dresses and ritual necklaces unmoored from the human body, constellations of circles and raindrops, clouds of wire bubbles and mysterious white knots of spiked terracotta. This tension between opposing concepts: traditional versus new, restraint versus liberation, and organic versus abstract, is at the core of Wolski's work.
His work is collected and shown internationally, including in the Liu Haisu Museum (Shanghai), The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Museo Carillo Gil, Museo Rufino Tamayo and Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico. He was awarded a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation (New York) in 2008, the Critic Prize Pokaz (Warsaw) in 2006, and a Croix d’Argent pour le Merite et Devouement Francais au titre des Arts (2000).
Wolski established his Mexico City studio in 1997 to create several site specific sculptures. He currently still lives and works there, sharing time in his native country, Poland.