Tolleck Winner MRBS was born in the former USSR in 1959. He has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1980. Dedicated to producing art as full time occupation, his work is kept in private and public collections in the UK and throughout the world. Tolleck’s art stems from his early fascination with the basic nature of raw materials. His work aims to extract values from the basic elements of nature, largely working with metals, minerals and rocks. Experimenting with various materials he has mastered a unique technique based on proper engineering studies. Tolleck Winner has been involved in many solo and group exhibitions in the UK and overseas. His latest solo shows; ‘Beyond the Big Bang’ and ‘Vanitas’ held at the Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London in October 2006 and 2007 strengthened his position as a well recognized and established contemporary artist. Ongoing shows to date in London's Mayfair area with Albermale Gallery in Albermale Street. A number of his larger scale works also feature in public displays in the UK, such as the large steel sculpture, ‘People’, which stands alongside the works of Anthony Gormley and Sir Anthony Caro in the Peterborough Sculpture Park. By injecting fragments of gaudy imagery, Tolleck’s work reveals a subtle flirtation with the current popular culture. Encapsulating frivolous objects with acrylic creations, the work exposes the existential fears which everyone hides beneath the trivial concerns of daily life. There is an underlined focus on the passage of time through generation to generation that once again reminds us of the briefness and inconsequentiality of human life. Nurturing a sensation of loss, collectively the work evokes an atmosphere of reflection and laments the breakdown of our links with the past. Tolleck’s sculptures of mixed media, metal and acrylic, explore a contemporary reaction to the theme. While images such as ‘Skull’ have become popular icons of fashion, repeated in such a way that they no longer maintain associations with mortality, the artist seeks to re unite these symbols with their traditional meaning in order to remind us of the vulnerability of human existence.