Igor Mitoraj studied painting at the Cracow School of Art, Poland, and at the Academy of Fine Arts under Tadeusz Kantor. He exhibited in 1967, but one year later left for Paris, where he briefly studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 1974 he decided to work as a sculptor and he began to integrate plastic influences from classical Greek and Italian art into his work.
Today, Mitoraj's sculptures can be found in the most important public and private collections of contemporary art. He lives and works in Paris and Pietrasanta, Italy.