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Bronisław KRZYSZTOF (Polish, born 1956 in Mszana Górna) attended the Antoni Kenar State Secondary School of Visual Arts in Zakopane. In 1976 he started to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. During his studies together with his peer students he undertook successful attempts at casting individual sculptures in lost wax technique. In 1981 he graduated from the Academy (diploma with the Rector's distinction from the studio of Prof. Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz) and started to teach sculpture at the Antoni Kenar State Secondary School.
      Krzysztof has participated in many individuals and group exibition in Poland and abroad among others in Paris, London, Ravenna, Tokio and Cologne. For his sculpture of Dante he was awarded a Gold Medal at the VII Biennale Internationale del Bronzetto Dantesco in Ravenna in 1985. Apart of sculptures and medals he has created the unique furnitures and designed a stopper for the Sisley perfume bottle. The works of Bronisław Krzysztof are in the private collections in France, Great Britain and the United States; the medals from The Four Rides of the Apocalypse series were included in the collections of the British Museum.

"At first glance it may seem easy to try and describe the sculptures of Bronisław Krzysztof: as they present the human body in typical portrait positions - half and full length representations. Thus, the viewer encounters something that is quite familiar to him, namely an image of man executed in bronze. Yet, afterwards there comes a moment of doubt, as with every step we come across features which totally change, violate or even distort our innate notion of the human figure. Our expectations or else longings after the ideal image of man, representing classical, harmonious proportions, are never realized here. The most recent torsos and human figures from the year 2003 reveal this creative method in various ways. One of the bronze torsos is definitely hermetic in character: it exudes peace and a sense of isolation, or seclusion. The section of the neck in the shape of the letter 'V' points out to a certain split or division. Indeed, when one takes a closer look at the sculpture, one can distinguish two separate parts in it. The left, flat-breasted one bears traces of elongated wounds or scars. One instantly associates these with streaks which arise on the body following flagellation or whipping. Due to the shape of the breast, the left part of the figure can be defined as feminine. Also this part of the body has not been spared: on the left arm, one can see a gap or whole which is instantly interpreted as a wound. Krzysztof combines both sexes - that of the woman and man - to create an image of a single body and in this way, he attains a creative synthesis. By means of a motive which could be defined as 'Show Me Your Wounds', the traces of mutilations create a specific bridge which links both sexes. The above-mentioned wounds can also be interpreted as traces of mental and physical mutilation which people inflict on one another - more or less subtly - in the course of the primeval 'battle of the sexes'. The contrast of sexes which have been merged here in a single figure, as well as the presentation of realistically shaped bodies (or parts of them) with the wounds that are clearly visible on them, create certain tensions in Krzysztof's sculptures which, due to their ambiguous character, cannot be unequivocally defined or reconciled."

Hella NOCKE-SCHREPPER, 'Show Me Your Wounds' - the Body as a Sign in Bronisław Krzysztof's Sculptures
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