Igor Mitoraj ‘s sculptural style is rooted in the classical tradition
with its focus on the well modelled torso.However, Mitoraj introduced a post-modern twist with ostentatiously truncated limbs, emphasising the damage sustained by most genuine classical sculptures. Igor Mitoraj (March 26, 1944 – October 6, 2014) was a Polish artist born in Oederan, Germany. Mitoraj studied painting at the Kraków Academy of Art under Tadeusz Kantor.
After graduating, he had several joint exhibitions, and held his first solo exhibition in 1967 at the Krzysztofory Gallery in Poland.In 1968, he moved to Paris to continue his studies at the National School of Art. Shortly afterwards, he became fascinated by Latin American art and culture, spending a year painting and travelling around Mexico. The experience led him to take up sculpture.
He returned to Paris in 1974 and two years later he held another major solo exhibition at the Gallery La Hune, including some sculptural work. The success of the show persuaded him that he was first and foremost a sculptor.