Polish sculptor Franciszek Masiak received an Honorable Mention at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the sculpture category of the Art Competitions for his work Pływak (Float). He had already participated four years earlier at Los Angeles.
Masiak studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warszawa, where he became an assistant from 1947-50 in the Monumental Sculpture Studio. He produced reliefs in plaster, clay, stone, wood and bronze. Some of his works of the interwar period and occurred during World War II were destroyed. He often sculpted depictions of patriotic themes and martyrdom, as can be seen in some of his monuments, such as the Monument to the Victims of Auschwitz, the Monument for the Heroes of Warszawa, the Monument for Struggle and Martyrdom in Bydgoszcz, or the Monument for the Fallen Heroes of the 7th Regiment Infantry.