The Barcelona Academy of Art will be welcoming Grzegorz Gwiazda as a guest professor this Winter Term 2018. His tenure with us will last from January to March where he will be instructing students in the Sculpture Program.


Grzegorz Gwiazda


Born in Lidzbark Warmiski, Poland in 1984, Grzegorz Gwiazda is considered to be among the best contemporary sculpture artists.

A glance at any one of his breathtaking pieces reveals the reason behind his moniker as the ‘Rodin of the 21st Century’. Much like the revered sculptor, Gwiazda channels into his art a sense of surreal progression, as if each piece is in the process of becoming greater than the sum of its parts.

While Grzegorz Gwiazda usually casts in bronze, he’s created sculpts with resin, paper, and ceramic as well. Moreover, a trained eye will spot the attention he pays to colour and patina where the artist chooses to leave the effects of his brush strokes atop each sculpt visible.


“A material is a part of the story that is presented by my work. So I chose it carefully” – Grzegorz Gwiazda


His sculptures range across a wide variety of styles whether it’s representational, surreal or incredibly abstract. There are no limitations. Any number of stories may find expression through his expressive medium. The one consistent element among all of Gwiazda’s work, however, is the “study of the figure”. Gwiazada makes his human figures appear out of a void ocean, taking form and structure. Each piece seems to be a frozen moment that narrates an eternity.

A canon of his work is currently on display at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), Barcelona, under the title: ‘Grzegorz Gwiazda The Rodin of the 21st Century’. The exhibition also happens to coincide with the centenary death of the legendary French Sculptor, Auguste Rodin.


Grzegorz Gwiazda - Minotaure


Here’s an excerpt of Gwiazda explaining about his work title ‘Cyclist’ to students of the Academy during the private guided tour:

“This piece here is called ‘Cyclist’, you can also see the first drawings here, which are more comic than the finished sculpture with the minotaur on the unicycle. The concept for this sculpture was the dynamism between comic and dramatic elements.  So I started to think of the circus, and how these elements fight against each other. In our life, we are constantly fighting for balance and this sculpture is about that. We tend to say that life is a journey towards heaven, which is very religious. It’s difficult at the moment but in the end, everything will be paradisiacal. So in this sculpture, I’m asking the question whether this is true or not, or are we just playing a role in the circus of life and the only thing we can do is keep the balance. “


If you’re interested in learning from the enigmatic Gregorz Gwiazda, he will be teaching, among other classes, Abstract Dynamic Composition and Sculpture Storytellling at Barcelona Academy of Art during the Winter Term 2018.

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