June 26, 2018

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Marian Owczarski (1932-2010) was a sculptor born in Lukow, Poland. He worked with a variety of materials, including wood, glass, stone, plaster, marble, and metals, especially steel. He earned a graduate degree in sculpture from Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1961.

His experiences with the effects of World War II were major inspirations for his interest in steel and sculpture. For example, his hometown was strongly targeted by Nazi Germany and, during his education, he helped restore Polish Churches that were damaged during the war. Owczarski stated that steel was his medium of choice because “steel represented the future. The melt temperature of stainless steel is nearly 5000 degrees. Stainless will be around after a nuclear holocaust.”

Owczarski periodically traveled to the United States for sculpting projects and exhibitions. In 1970 he was invited to serve as an artist-in-residence at Saint Mary’s College in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He accepted the offer and worked at the Galleria for nearly 40 years. His sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally.


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Source: Our Polish Story