Xawery Wolski (b. Warsaw, 1960) is a Polish-Mexican visual artist. He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in his native Warsaw (1983), before the New York Studio School (1984), and the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris (1988, studio César). He has had a long period of association with the culture of Mexico, and is currently based between Poland and Mexico.
Wolski’s work reveals a deep sense of connection with the earth – much of his work shares a muted colour palette of blacks, browns, greys, and whites. His interest in the organic world is also evident in the sinuous abstract shapes that fill his artistic practice. Many of his works are inspired by Mexico’s ancient tradition of crafting in terracotta, but his creativity is not restricted to a single medium – he works in ink on paper, in granite, in clay, and in textile.
His work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the Americas since he began sculpting in 1983. A selection of his solo and group exhibitions from 2002 is listed below. He has been awarded numerous accolades including a grant from the Krasner Pollock Foundation (2008), and has had residencies at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok (2008) and the Vermont Studio Center (2012). His work can also be found in the collections of the Museo de Arte Moderna in Mexico, Mordena Museet in Sweden, and the Worldbank Art Program in Washington, D.C. A selected list of his exhibitions since 2004 is available below.
2015 ‘The Course of Infinity: Space, Time and Light’, Gallery Elena Shchukina, London
2014 ‘Fragments of Infinity’, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Wyoming, USA
2014 ‘Infinity Chains“, Atelier Amaro, Varsovia, Poland
2013 ‘Coming out of a Dream’, Galeria Omar Alonso. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2013 ‘Concetto Spaziale’, EraStudio Gallery Milano Italy.
2013 ‘Origen’, Encuentro Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico
2013 ‘Borderline’, Centro Cultural Tijuana CECUT, Mexico.
2013 ‘Moon Cathedral’, Arthobler Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2012 ‘ReVISION’, The Society for Arts, Chicago
2012 ‘Time Interventions’, Kai Hilgemann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2012 ‘Xawery Wolski’, Galería Omar Alonso, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2011 ‘Globos’, Museo Anahuacalli Diego Rivera, Mexico City
2011 ‘Thoughts, Meditations, Acts’, at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL.
2011 ‘Un cielo para cada uno’, Installation at Museo de Textiles de Oaxaca, Mexico
2010 ‘Show me the garden…’, Galería Caja Blanca, Mexico City
2010 ‘W Pustke Nieba’, Juan Soriano Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
2010 ‘MROK, Nobody knows of what a body is capable of’, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
2010 ‘Morfologías’, Galería Alejandro Sales, Barcelona, Spain.
2009 ‘Into an Empty Sky’, Jim Thompson Arts Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
2008 ‘Nucleus’, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
2007 “Tattoos” Galleria Pokaz, Warsaw, Poland
2006 “Time, Here and There” Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
2005 Nara Roesler Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2005 ‘Koral Zalobny’, Stefan Szydlowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2004 ‘Many Drawings’, Devin Borden & Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX.
2004 ‘Humus’, Jorge Shirley Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Recent Group Exhibitions
2014 ‘Ex – Votos d´Artistes Contemporains’, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, France
2013 ‘Mercury’ at Arte Fiera 2013, International Art Fair of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy
2013 ‘Geometrismo Escultórico Mexicano’, Galería Arte Hoy, Mexico City
2012 ‘Arte Sano entre Artistas 2.0’, Museo de Linares, Nuevo León, Mexico
2011 ’Here, Now, Then, There and Here again…’, Religare Art Center, New Delhi, India
2011 ‘Aire’, Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Museo Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Mexico City
2010 ‘Cimbra: Formas Especulativas y Armados Metafísicos’, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
2009 ‘Hecho en Casa’, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City
2008 ‘Lightness and Roughness of the Line’, Nara Roesler Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2008 ‘Looky See’, Otis Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2007 ‘Espai2nou2’, Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain
2007 ‘Microwave Five’, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY
2004 ‘Ground, Field, Surface’, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY