Tomasz Urbanowicz

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Tomasz Urbanowicz
Tomasz Urbanowicz Wielki Wybuch Uniwersytet w Bialymstoku.jpg
Tomasz Urbanowicz next to the glass sculpture "Big Bang" at the Campus of the University in Białystok (2015)
Born (1959-04-14) April 14, 1959 (age 61)
Nationality Poland
Alma mater Wrocław University of Science and Technology
Known for Glass artist
Glass Art EGG, University of Wroclaw (2019) Tomasz Urbanowicz Szklane JAJO Uniwersytet Wroclawski.jpg
Glass Art EGG, University of Wrocław (2019)
Glass Compositions, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, Bialystok (2012) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Szklany Wystroj Opera i Filharmonia Podlaska.jpg
Glass Compositions, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, Białystok (2012)
Glass Facade, Justin Center, Wroclaw (2010) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Szklana Elewacja Justin Center.jpg
Glass Facade, Justin Center, Wrocław (2010)
"Wind in the Sails", EXPO 2008 Zaragoza, Spain (2008) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Wiatr w Zaglach EXPO 2008.JPG
"Wind in the Sails", EXPO 2008 Zaragoza, Spain (2008)
"The Spirit of the Piano", EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan (2005) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Dusza Fortepianu EXPO 2005.jpg
"The Spirit of the Piano", EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan (2005)
"United Earth", European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (2004) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Zjednoczony Swiat Parlament Europejski.jpg
"United Earth", European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (2004)
GlassHenge Exhibition, Wroclaw Airport (2013/14) ARCHIGLASS Tomasz Urbanowicz Artistic-glass-exhibition-glasshenge-wroclaw-airport-poland.jpg
GlassHenge Exhibition, Wrocław Airport (2013/14)

Tomasz Urbanowicz (born 1959 in Wrocław, Poland) is an architect and a designer of architectural glass art.



Tomasz Urbanowicz graduated at the Faculty of Architecture of the Wrocław University of Technology (1978–85). He took glass-window studies at the Fine Arts Academy of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland (1982–85) and worked as an assistant in the Painting and Sculpture Establishment at the Architecture Department of Wrocław Institute. [1] In 1987, together with his wife, architect Beata Urbanowicz, he established his own studio, Archiglass, focused on creating architectural glass art. In 2016, Tomasz Urbanowicz was awarded the Honorable Graduate Award by Wrocław University of Technology. [2]

His glassworks were featured in 'Colours of Architecture' by Andrew Moor (London, 2006), [3] 'Contemporary Kiln-formed Glass' by Keith Cummings ( London / Philadelphia 2009) [4] and 'Szkło we Współczesnej Architekturze' by Ewa Wala. [5]

Urbanowicz's artworks took part in World Fairs EXPO three times representing Poland; at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany [6] - as part of the presentation of Lower Silesia; at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan, [7] [8] where his glass composition ‘the Soul of the Piano’ was the main artefact in the Polish Pavilion, designed by prof. Krzysztof Ingarden, [9] and at EXPO 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain, where his composition ‘Poland - Wind in the Sails’ was part of the national presentation. [10]

Architectural glass art composition by Tomasz Urbanowicz can also be found in many places around the world: the glass orb ‘The United Earth’ is a central artistic element on European Parliament building agora in Strasbourg, France; [7] [11] the glass rainbow ‘Larc en ciel’ decorates G. Brassens College in Paris, France; green glass castings enlight the lobby of the Holsten Brewery Headquarters in Hamburg, Germany; [7] and the composition ‘Blue Sunset in the Ocean’ cruises around the world on one of the world's biggest ocean liners Queen Mary 2. [12]

One of the artist's works is a complex architectural glass composition with diverse musical notations in the foyer of the newly built Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic building in Białystok, Poland. [7] [13] [14] [15]

In 2014, Urbanowicz's glass art works from the 'GlassHenge' series were exhibited at the Wrocław Airport. [16] [17]

In the years 2018-2019 Tomasz Urbanowicz together with prof. Przemysław Tyszkiewicz developed a new own technique to consolidate graphics in glass art. [18] [19] They created several joint works called 'Corsydians' series, exhibited among others at the collective exhibition "Para.Ceramics.Prints' in Oblastni galerie in Liberec [20] or the collective exhibition "Robinson's Ship" organized by the City Gallery and Museum of Architecture in Wrocław. [21] [22]

The latest realizations of large-scale architectural glass art, made by Tomasz Urbanowicz in cooperation with his son, arch. Konrad Urbanowicz, include the composition "The Spirit of Health" at the Integrative Medical Center Clinic in Żerniki Wrocławskie [23] and the glass art EGG - concierge desk in the baroque interior of the historic Main Building of the University of Wrocław. [24]

Selected projects

Selected national and international exhibitions

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