Lithuanian President Dalia Grybausakitė called Kuzma an outstanding Lithuanian sculptor of the second half of the 20th century who did not succumb to the ideology.
"He was a silent modernist possessing the gift of modesty and extraordinary talent. He did not succumb to the ideology and its enforced pathetic forms, taking instead his own way of creating mature pieces of artwork characterized by outstanding artistic solutions," the president said in her letter of condolences.
|BFL nuotr./Stanislovas Kuzma|
Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said in his letter of condolences that Lithuania lost an artist of exceptional talent.
"The pieces of artwork by Kuzma, a laureate of the Lithuanian National Prize, are well-known to the entire Lithuania and will always demonstrate the universality of his talent, relevance of his artistic ideas, and the creator's internal light," Kubilius said.
Born in 1947, Kuzma was awarded with the Lithuanian National Prize in 1994 and received a Cross of Commander of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke in 1997.
Among his celebrated pieces are three muses adorning the National Drama Theatre in Vilnius, sculptures of saints standing atop Vilnius Cathedral, the Shooter in Sundial Square in Šiauliai, as well as Pieta, a monument for the 13 January victims in Antakalnis Cemetery.
|BFL nuotr./In 1996, Stanislovas Kuzma sculpted three saints atop Vilnius Cathedral.|