Czeslaw Dźwigaj (b. 1950, Poland) was born in Nowy Wiśnicz, Poland. In 1977 he graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, with a diploma in the department of Prof. Antoni Hajdecki. Currently he is the Head of the Department of Sculpture in Ceramics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. From 1994 to 2011 he was a lecturer at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, and from 2010 to 2015, Head of the Department of Art at the Catholic University of Ruzomberok (Slovakia). He is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University in Alba lulia, Romania. He was decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 2004 and honoured with the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis in 2018.
He is a sculptor, author of medals, painter, graphic artist, stained glass artist, and he has created several dozens of monuments on all continents over the world, including St. John Paul II – 80 monuments. He is the creator of over 600 medals and of dozen complex sacred interiors, many polychromes, as well as more than 150 stained glass windows. He actively takes part in the artistic life, he has had dozens of individual exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions.
He published four poetry volumes – Poezje wybrane 1970-2010 [Selected poems], dziesięċ dziesiqtek za rok 2010 [ten dozens for 2010], Mój poliptyk sztuki [My Art Polyptych], Między snem a dniem [Between Dream and Day] – and several critical articles on art. A permanent exhibition of his creative work is presented at the Wiśnicz Land Museum and at Lubomirski Castle in Nowy Wiśnicz in Poland. Many of his works are featured in museum collections in Poland and abroad, as well as in private collections belonging to art connoisseurs