Originally from the small Ukrainian town of Kmelnitsky, Tsiris has lived in the U.S. for over twenty years and has been a resident of Charlotte, NC for over a decade. Hailed as the next American master woodturner, he has gained high recognition for his large-scale woodturnings. He was awarded Collector’s Choice, Best in Show Award at Green Hill Center for NC Art in 2009, and was artist in residence at the McCall Center for Visual Art.
Tsiris' love for wood began as a child and later in life working as a carpenter and cabinetmaker. His sculptures are simple, organic shapes inspired by nature. He aims to help the shape emerge from the wood, rather than forcing something unnatural. Tsiris uses only local woods that have been cut due to construction and development.
Tsiris' work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and can be found in corporate and private collections around the world including the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC and Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Raleigh, NC.
Maple Vessel No. 1, 29 x 61, and Elm Wall Mount, 46 x 42