A ballet dancer on pointe—one leg raised high above her bowed head is captured in this dramatic bronze piece by Richard Tosczak. Known for his beautiful figurative work, Tosczak’s sculptures begin as quick pen and ink drawings. This approach allows the artist to recall the spontaneity and emotion of a moment in time. This is 1 in a series of 8.
“…those figures, inspired by dynamic activities such as dance and contact improvisation, give the impression they are turning inward into themselves. I believe this reflects and parallels my personal experience and possibly my growth as an artist.” Richard Tosczak
Born in Belgium, Richard Tosczak studied philosophy and sculpture at the University of Alberta. At that time, Tosczak began working in steel and was influenced by a number of his professors who appreciated the work of a British abstract sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro considered one of the greatest sculptors of his generation. Further studies were pursued in France with another internationally acclaimed classic sculptor, Martine Vaugel. Tosczak has exhibited in Canada, Brazil and in Europe. His work is held in private, public and corporate collections in Canada.