The good friend of my parents, Ms. Eugenia Hejmanowa-Olejnik, who was a Jewish survivor from the Holocaust, worked for Polish Radio. When I was 6 years old, she took three small and charming figures of "Plastuś" (polish children's book character) I made in plasticin. Eugenia passed my little sculptures to the editor's office of Polish Radio in Warsaw. After a couple of days, a very well known Polish actress, Irena Kwiatkowska, who performed the role of Plastuś in the radio programme for children, said "thank you, little Marianek Gołogórski for sending the beautiful figures of Plastuś".
We can say that it was his first success in the artistic field. Surely the most unexpected.
As time went by, Gologorski became a teenager, and had to make a decision about his future. Because he was still passionate with sculpture, he decided to leave Piotrków Trybunalski (a small Polish city) and start artistic education in one of Polish bigger cities. And so, Marian, as a seventeen years old boy became a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
|Young Marian Gołogórski as a student at the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow.|
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Marian Gołogórski had been polishing his skills in the sculpture workshops of two great masters. At the beginning of his education, he was a student under professor Jacek Puget, a charismatic teacher and quite an eccentric person. Later, he was studying under professor Marian Konieczny, who successfully supervised Marian Gołogórski's MA degree work.
|The first head study by Marian Gołogórski, made as a part of an exam in the Academy of Fine Arts.|
|The first nude study during the first year of the Academy of Fine Arts by Marian Gołogórski.|
As you can see above, the first two years in the Academy of Fine Arts, were about getting the basics right and exploring the sculpture technique. These purely academic works were supposed to teach young sculpture adepts how to merge talent with skill. Later, as he became a more and more skillful student, Gołogórski became to discover his own artistic expression and individual style.
|One of the student sculptures "Transformation" by Marian Gołogórski.|
|Nude Study by Marian Gołogórski, made during the studies in Marian Konieczny's workshop.|
|"The Man - The Sun" sculpture by Marian Gołogórski, made during the studies as a base for large sculpture (3 meters high) made during the student plain-air in Legnica.|
|"The Birds of Freedom" by Marian Gołogórski, an award-winning sculpture on the students competition in the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. The birds silhouettes are modeled after human hands.|
|"Woman with a rag" student sculpture by Marian Gołogórski|
|"Birds" by Marian Gołogórski, student bas-relief.|
|"Pieta" by Marian Gołogórski, ceramics sculpture, exhibited in Faenza, Italy.|
The final phase of the education was a diploma work, leading to getting a MA degree. It was the first adult artistic step for Marian Gołogórski. The concept and the realisation of the diploma project was a result of five years of studies. At the same time, it was the very first individual artistic work.
|The first version of diploma sculpture called "Transformation" by Marian Gołogórski.|
|Marian Gołogórski's diploma sculpture|
|A part of the diploma sculpture.|