Czesław Dźwigaj

Czesław Dźwigaj during festivities of Kraków's Hunter's Guild in 2008

Czesław Dźwigaj (born 18 June 1950 in Nowy Wiśnicz) is a Polish artist, sculptor, and professor. Creator of numerous monuments, he is most often associated with monuments of Pope John Paul II, almost 50 of which have left his workshop.

Artistic career

A student of Antoni Hajdecki, Dźwigaj completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in the years 1972-77, where he now directs the studio of Ceramic Sculpture in addition to lecturing on sacred art at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Kraków.

He began his artistic career working with the Roman Catholic Church. In the 1980s he completed a series of bronze casts for the cathedral in Tarnów, Poland. This work established his reputation, and he became known and popular as an artist of sacred art in other areas of Poland.

He has also designed numerous church interiors along with monumental bas-relief doors. Professor Dźwigaj is also the laureate of many prestigious awards from exhibitions and art competitions such as the Gold medal at the Biennale in Ravenna.

Notable works

Detail of the Memorial to Cyprian Kamil Norwid by Czesław Dźwigaj in the Crypt of Bards in Wawel Cathedral, Kraków

Sites outside Poland with monuments to Pope John Paul II by Professor Dźwigaj (partial list)

Monument of Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński, in Szczecin, Poland.


  1. The Jerusalem Post Grapevine: More than just an olive branch retrieved on April 11, 2007
  2. "Płaskorzeźba w darze" (in Polish). Dziennik Polski. 13 May 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2009.
  3. "The sculpture as a gift" Dziennik Polski 13 May 2009 Retrieved 26 January 2011 Google Translate version

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