Antoni Rząsa’s wood sculpting is one of the most significant phenomena of the Polish art in the second half of the 20thcentury. Spread between wood and heaven, it has always bred controversy: in every shade of the artist’s decisions, when he experimented with matter and mediated with God.
He was born on February 26th, 1919 in the Subcarpathian region, in Futoma, a village at the foot of the Carpathians, in the Dynów Foothills, near Błażowa, in an area where Roman Catholic churches had been erected since the 16thcentury, surrounded like islands by a sea of Orthodox temples. The art of creating everything out of wood, both the practical and spiritual, was common there. Since the 19thcentury, the flourishing craft had contributed to the entire region.