Paweł Bryliński (1814 - 1890) - a folk sculptor, a wandering woodcarver. He was born on 21st June 1814 in Wieruszów. Around 1835 he settled in Wielowie¶ Klasztorna and later in Masanów. He wandered through the villages and towns of southern Wielkopolska. He marked the trail of his walk with the crosses of God's Agonies which were put at the crossroads, in the gardens and in the cemeteries, mainly in the vicinity of Ostrów and Odolanów. The crosses by Master of Masanów also predominated in Orpiszew near Krotoszyn, Kowalew near Pleszew and Sokolniki near hometown Wieruszów.
Paweł Bryliński was an outstanding artist. He developed his own method of sculpting, style and composition pattern of iconographic programs. The artistic work of Paweł Bryliński is dominating in the Ostrów area and it is expressed in two kinds of folk sculpture. One of them includes separate sculptures of Christ (including Christ Crucified) and saints in the wayside shrines. The other contains the images of saints assigned to the mass of crosses and poles.
Compositions of multiple figures show the Passion program and sculptures of saint patron founders and their families as well as conservators of peasant goods and chattels. Special advocates for Wielkopolska people were St. Giles, St. Roch, St. Valentine, St. Benon, St. John Nepomuk and St. Lawrence.
The number of Paweł Bryliński's well-known works is still increasing. At present we know about 35 crosses and six sacred poles as well as many smaller sculptures recently found.
The artistic life of God's woodcarver is closed in the period of 1840-1885. The first date is carved on a pole which comes from Ołobok. The other is visible on the foundation board on the cross in Masanów.
Paweł Bryliński died on 18th April 1890 in Masanów.