Włodzimierz Barański was born in Gardeja in 1947. He graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The artist's works have been presented during numerous individual and group exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad. Starting from the exhibition of awarded diplomas in the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw in 1975 and the 15th Debut of Graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Stara Kordegarda, through the awarded participation in the competition "60th Anniversary of the Greater Poland Uprising in Fine Arts", to collective exhibitions in Poznań, Wrocław and Toruń, and individual exhibitions in Warsaw Barański's sculptures visited Hungary (Budapest, group exhibition), Switzerland (Basel, group exhibition), Germany (Munster, Bielefeld, individual exhibitions, Minden, group exhibition). In 1992, the sculptor received a two-year creative scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Art, a year later he began teaching (drawing, painting, sculpture), and as an animator of artistic activities he collaborated with the Center for Culture and Education in Warsaw.One of his sculptures was selected for the Golden Card statuette for the most outstanding creators of Polish culture. in collectors' collections in Germany, France, Great Britain and United States. Stefan Szydłowski tried to capture the essence of the artist's work when he wrote: (...) Premeditation in the fine material of bronze and stone reflects the awareness of the choice of the area of artistic exploration. The sculptor does not problematize individual values of European culture, but its present form as a whole. The cultural heritage in his works, saturated with symbols and full of expression, is presented as something heavy and anachronistic. The subject of Włodzimierz Barański's work is human life in its fundamental dimension, morality. The artist shows that the awareness of the attributive nature of morality gives people wings, but these wings, once made of bronze, shackled by historicity and the vicissitudes of human fate, weigh as much as one has survived, and once made of glass, "invisible" like consciousness, the impassable horizon of human loneliness, like the thought it is easy to disfigure or destroy. And according to the artist, today's shape of freedom requires people to search between good and evil. Just like in the past, neither happiness and beauty, nor wealth and stupidity can replace it.