Born in Lviv (formerly part of the Republic of Poland, now in the Ukraine) in 1927, Piotr Kowalski’s career as an artist did not begin until late in life. After World War II, Kowalski emigrated to Sweden, then France and Brazil before finally settling in the United States in 1947. He went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, taking courses in mathematics, architecture and physics.
After working as an architect in New York from 1952 to 1957 on projects such as the UNESCO headquarters, Kowalski decided to practise sculpture. He relocated to France, but travelled often between Japan and the United States and also taught at the Ecole des Beaux–Arts in Paris.
Last updated January 2017