"Dramatic impetus, gentle lyricism and grotesque accents determin Koper's intellectual ambience"
Carola Giedion-Welcker, art historian
The artist obtained his diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow in 1936 and went on to attend La Grande Chaumière in Paris from 1938 to 1939. In 1940 he moved to London where in 1949 he became a British citizen.
From 1949 onwards he began participating in important international exhibitions such as: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh 1941, 1942; Royal Institute of Fine Arts, Glasgow 1941; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 1941; National Gallery, London 1942; "Allied Artists" RBA, London and Glasgow (1st Prize, 1942); Brook Street Gallery, London (solo exhibition, 1942); Royal Academy of Arts, London 1943, 1950; The Leicester Galleries, London 1944; "The London Group Exhibition" 1944-1948, 1953, 1956, 1959; The Royal Society of British Artists, London 1949; international exhibition , Roma 1956; Marlborough New London Gallery 1961; Hanover-Gimpel Gallery, Zurich 1963; the Biennial, Chateau de la Sarraz, Lausanne (1st Prize, 1963); Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Milan 1968; the Galerie B.V. d'Eendt, Amsterdam 1968; Grabowski Gallery, London 1969; Centro Culturale Braidense, Milan 1975; Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Campione d'Italia 1975; Biennale, La Spezia 1980; Galleria Lopez, Zurich 1982-1984, 1986-1987; International Art Consulting, Ratingen 1995. His work can be found in public and private collections throughout Switzerland, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, the USA, Canada and Holland.
He lived in Carrara from 1968 until his death where he worked in his studio as well as at the Laboratorio Mino Bruschi di Ortonovo, la Spezia. In the Apuan-Versilia territory he took part in a number of events, among which: Biennale Internazionale di Scultura, Carrara (1st Prize, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1981); "Mostra nazionale del marmo" 1972, Carrara; "Giovane Scultura Internazionale" 1986, Castello Malaspina, Massa; "Sculture di Passaggio" 1986, Montignoso, Massa; Palazzo Rosso, Carrara 1986; Museo Civico del Marmo, Carrara 1986. In 1999 one of his sculptures was placed in Via Bernini, loc. Africa in Pietrasanta, thus becoming part of the Parco Internazionale di Scultura Contemporanea of the town.
The pictures published in TimeLine were taken from the website of the Museo del Marmo di Carrara http://urano.isti.cnr.it:8880/museo/home.php and from www.arcadjia.com