A group of six sculptures from the International Sculpture Symposium held during the annual Canadian National Exhibition in August of 2005 now line the northeast lawn of the Enercare Centre. The theme for the artistic creation for the symposium was: “Personal experience with nature in the context of Canada’s natural environment and its geographical position.” The objective of the symposium was to initiate artistic and cultural co-operation between sculptors of different background.
Ryszard Litwiniuk from Canada was 1 of 10 artists to participate in the Symposium. Ryszard carved a large rectangle shape with cascading arcs from limestone. Ryszard says of his work: “The most important elements of my work are mass, space and movement. The possibility of motion and change is my main interest, as well as its connection to the notion of touch. My works focus on the transformation and transition of forms from geometric into organic abstract objects.”
Ryszard Litwiniuk was born in 1966 in Olsztyn, Poland. He received his Masters Degree of Fine Arts in 1992 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland, and has been involved in thirty-six international symposiums and projects throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. In 1998 Ryszard moved to southern Ontario where he currently works. His preferred material to work with is wood. His signature sculpting style, characterized by dynamic geometrical shapes, has been honoured by many Canadian art establishments, including eleven solo exhibitions across Ontario at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Hart House’s Justine M. Barnicke Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Peel in Brampton, to name a few.
Most recently in the summer of 2011 Ryszard took part in the Artists-in-Residence program at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, Ontario. During his month-long residency at the McMichael, Ryszard created wood sculptures for outdoor display at the gallery, utilizing recycled ash and pine planks.
His sculptures can be found in public places such as the Tree Museum in Gravenhurst, Ontario. There, Ryszard Litwiniuk transformed a discarded tree trunk scavenged from a natural-waste dump, giving new life and meaning to the wood by cutting the centre free. "My way of working in wood is to help the wood to be open. I am exploring this material as a natural tissue, and a source of energy. I want to uncover something important that is hidden inside.”