Poznan, Poland based Robert Proch is a painter, muralist and animator. He was educated at the Akademy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Proch’s style is inspired by state-of-the-art animation as much as classic caricature, and impressionism as much as modernist graffiti. The mini-narratives he paints examine the modern human condition using vivid colors and tangible emotions. Sentimentality, ambition, fear, loss, hubris, greed and friendship play their roles in snapshot dramas set in coffee shops and shopping malls; or during pregnancies and suicides.
Gosia is a professional sculptor living and working in Toronto. Born in Poland in 1982, she moved to Canada in 1994. With a background in Illustration from Sheridan College, Gosia has been a professional artist for six years. Her career of creating and selling artwork through galleries and contemporary art fairs has led her to her passion for sculpting.
Magdalena Pagowska, also know under as len-yan, is an illustrator and digital artist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. Her bleak style of coloring and intriguing way of portraying mysterious people and creatures is truly captivating. There’s a lot of natural influences in Magdalena’s work, especially from the skies, stars and planets. These influences and the stunning, cold looks in the eyes of the people she portrays give the illustrations an otherworldly vibe, like staring at portraits from people from another galaxy or dimension.
Polish illustrator and graphic designer Patryk Hardziej lives and works in Tricity, Poland, and is active internationally. He handles projects dealing with illustration, branding, logo design, visual communication, editorial graphics and art projects, as well. In particular, Hardziej is fond of combining in different proportions technical aspects of graphic design with illustration. He loves old graphic signs and is highly interested in their history. Together with Patrycja Podkościelny they operate in a graphic tandem and run the ¬ Negation Studio.
The Polish street-art duo Etam Cru is one big thing in urban street art. The duo, which consists of street artists Sainer and Bezt, creates massive street art murals that are often several stories tall and dripping with color. Their work is rich in Eastern European mysticism and folkloric symbolism, but they also play with humor, sarcasm and surrealism.
Düsseldorf, Germany based artist Roman Klonek combines the styles of classic cartoons and pop advertisements with the medium of woodcut printing. For the past 15 years, the Poland-born artist has constructed pieces made with knives, chisels, and wood, even if his creations have the precision of other methods. These works ape propaganda, construct original monsters, and recall vintage design.
As a young boy, Roman was hugely drawn to his father’s collection of Polish and Russian Super 8 cartoons, which still provide him with inspiration to this day. Klonek’s creative subconscious conjures up a colourful and eclectic parade of intriguingly whimsical characters, frolicking amidst a geometric wonderland filled with mysterious text and curious situations.
Jarek Puczel was born in 1965 in Ketrzyn, Poland. He studied in the Warsaw University, Faculty of Art Pedagogy and graduated from it in 1990. He is a member of Polish Painters and Sculptors Union. He now lives and works in Olsztyn, Poland.
Puczel’s work consists of moments being transformed into clean, calm and at the same time intensive images. The clear lines and colors easily make us focus on the subjects, and stare at them for a long time.
Alina Szapocznikow was born in 1926 in Kalisz, Poland. After surviving three concentration camps during WWII, she trained at studios in Prague and the École des Beaux-arts in Paris. She first began showing her work in 1950 and held her first two-person show at the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, in 1957. Szapocznikow, along with two other artists, was selected to represent Poland at the Venice Biennale in 1962. A year later, she moved to Paris, where she continued to live until her untimely death in 1973 at the age of 47.
Szapocznikow radically reconceptualized sculpture as an imprint not only of memory but also of her own body. Though her career effectively spanned less than two decades, Alina left behind a legacy of provocative objects that evoke Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop art. Her tinted polyester casts of body parts, often transformed into everyday objects like lamps or ashtrays; her poured polyurethane forms; and her elaborately constructed sculptures, which at times incorporated photographs, clothing, or car parts, all remain as wonderfully idiosyncratic and culturally resonant today as when they were first made.