BIOGRAPHY


Marek Kamieński was born in Katowice, Poland. He graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland to become a painter, graphic artist, performer and author of installations. He was honored twice by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland for his achievement in Fine Arts. He has exhibited his paintings in over 50 solo and group exhibitions in Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and UK. His work has also been presented in Art Fairs in Switzerland, Poland and Germany.

Kamieński's early works were full of irony, erotically charged, big and bold. His style was playful, visually bold and exciting, full of imagination and fantasy. He later became inspired by science fiction, particularly with fantastical creatures and began to fuse quotes from great painters and icons of European Art.

Towards the end of the 80's, Kamieński moved away from these wild and bold paintings. His work began to take on more of a post modernistic feel, with a futuristic edge (Socrates Dancing, Breakfast on Grass, 1991).

He continues to draw inspiration from classical art; transforming, mixing and intertwining many different influences and styles into his pieces. Combining narrative onto his art and creating motifs which fuse these many influences has become his signature style. (Vincent and Paul Heading for the Motif').

"In general terms, I would situate my art within a post-modernistic stream; however what makes my paintings slightly different from other post-modernist works , is that I interpret the already existing paintings and images in my own way, I don't create by appropriation. Instead, I refer to the spirit and essence of postmodernism, as opposed to the taking from certain epochs or trends in fine arts from the past. I often use very evocative colours inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's paintings. I also embellish my work with all kinds of patterns, ranging from Egyptian signs to elements studied from Henri Matisse's Mauritian paintings. Sometimes I just transform Matisse's composition themes and that is why I consider myself a post-modernist artist, but one who happens to steer away from the mainstream"

Based on Jan K. Ostrowski from Great Encyclopedia of Polish Painting, Cracow 2011