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Wiktor Szostalo Bio

Artist, Wiktor Szostalo

Wiktor Szostalo, MFA, 1978, Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow, Poland

Works in stainless steel, glass, bronze and other media


2003        Glass blowing, private instruction at Third Degree Glass Studio. St. Louis, Missouri.

1998        Kiln casting glass; private instruction with Keith Seibert, Royal College, London, England.

1983        2 week workshop on welding stainless steel with Marian Owczarski, St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, MI

1979        Street Performance workshop with Ewa Benesz, Former actress of Jerzy Grotowski’s0 “Laboratory Theater”

1978         M.F.A Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland



2016     - Our Lady the Untier of Knots, an ongoing project including a 6’ Corten and stainless Our Lady with two 5 ½’ Angels and a Peace Garden, Holy Family Church, Nazareth, TX

2013     - The Welcoming Christ- 8’ tall welded stainless steel sculpture of the Resurrected Christ extending arms to His People, commission St. John and Paul Church, Altoona, IA

2012     - Three “Forest Fairies” and “The Line” with 17 characters  - Tree Hugger Project installations commissioned by the International Forest Art Festival, Darmstadt, Germany;

              - “Two Whales”- over 50’ long, welded Corten steel sculptures commissioned by the Mayor of Rewal, Poland; installed at the town’s Central Square;

              -“Intermission- the Viola”- second sculpture of the planned four to become a “string quartet”, welded and painted stainless and Corten steels, 13’ tall, commissioned by Regional Center of Culture, Kolobrzeg, Poland;

2011      - The Blessed John Paul II 8’ tall, welded stainless stel, St. Margaret of Scotland, Seattle;

               - “Intermission- the Cello”- first of the planned four, to become a “string quartet”, welded and painted stainless and Corten steels, 13’ tall, commissioned by Regional Center of Culture, Kolobrzeg, Poland;

2008     - Expansion of the 2000 “Millennium Memorial”,  a tribute to 1000 years of Christianity in Poland and Polish- German Reconciliation; welded and painted stainless steel;

2007     - “At Long Last I Got To Like Myself the Way I Am” a welded and painted stainless steel sculpture, commissioned by Novol Corp, Poznan, Poland, the sculpture was produced in St. Louis, MO and shipped to Poland;

               - The Crucifix- a 10’ welded stainless steel liturgical sculpture for Christ the Redeemer Church, Houston, TX

2006     - “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” 8’ tall welded stainless steel and cast glass sculpture Shrine; St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carmel, Indiana

2005     - 2 sculptures in cast glass and welded stainless steel for the Catholic 9/11 memorial at St. Joseph Chapel, NY, NY

               - NCAA, Indianapolis, 2 winning designs for a sculpture at  NCAA Hall of Fame, Indianapolis; IN:

 2003     -St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carmel, IN; 12’ stainless steel, glass and burned wood crucifix;                                   

2002     - St. Edward Church, N. Augusta, GA; Fountain/sculpture of Blessed Cefarino, a Gypsy executed during Spanish Civil War;

               - The National Cathedral of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, Welded stainless steel sculpture of Madonna and Child

 2001     - The Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, “The Fountain of the Sacraments of Water”, a welded stainless steel fountain; Christ Our King Church, Charleston, SC Welded stainless steel, cast glass “PIETA”

2000     - Millennium Memorial, a tribute to Polish German Reconciliation; Kolobrzeg, Poland, Welded stainless steel and granite 15’ tall

1999      - “The Angel of Harmony” welded stainless steel musical sculpture with over 100 wind-chimes, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO;

1998      - Thomas Aquinas, welded stainless steel and cast glass sculpture for Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN,

               - St. Joseph Church, Largo, MD, Polychrome wood sculpture of the Crucifix;

1997      - St. Francis de Sales Church, Muskegan, MI, stainless steel sculpture of the patron saint;

1994      - Welded Stainless steel sculpture of St. Joseph; archdiocese of St. Louis, MO,

               - Welded stainless steel sculpture of St. Benedict; Priory School, St. Louis, MO;

1994      - Gerhard Petzall, St. Louis, MO, Welded stainless steel “Untitled” (Germination)

1992      - St. Edward Church, St. Louis, MO, four sculptures with an Afro-centric theme;

1988      - Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO;  3 welded stainless steel sculptures for the Holy Cross Cemetery;

1986      - Fine Art Ltd., St. Louis, MO, bronze Bas-relief for the Ellis Island Project, NY

1985       - Bethel Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO, welded stainless steel Crucifix, two painted murals;

1984       - Ralston Purina Co., St. Louis, MO, stainless steel sculpture;

1978        - State Farming Ent. Ryman, Poland, six large outdoor mural paintings;

                 - Franciscan Monastery, Koszalin, Poland, 4 paintings;

Experimental Theater

1987        - Performance at the Holocaust Memorial Service, St. Louis, MO;

1983        - Street performance “For Freedom” to commemorate the death of Jan Palach, Craft Alliance Gallery, University City, MO

1978- 1980 - Director and producer, Experimental theater of Miracle Plays, Kolobrzeg and Koszalin, Poland.