Ever since I saw your painting: “my mother’s room”, I still have it before my eyes. This is probably one of those works that are not able to forget. What’s his story?
I thought about my mother’s psychology office, about all the people who were there and their emotions hidden somewhere in the walls. It’s a very personal painting.
If you had to choose one painting that stuck with you permanently, what would it be?
When I was a child, I saw “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. It is the first painting I remember, many years later I was very touched by the Agnes Martin exhibition at Tate: beautiful delicate paintings. I remember walking out afterwards feeling happy, convinced that the world is a warm place full of light.
What was the most important thing that education in the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw has given to you?
For sure, education has given me a base and a craftsmanship. It was a great carefree time in my life. I met a lot of cool people. I could experiment a lot, I worked a lot, but I also had a lot of fun and training. I had the pleasure to meet Prof. Paweł Bołtryk and Jarosław Modzelewski. They are important people and wonderful teachers.
What are your responsibilities at Studio 55?
Studio 55 is an alternative drawing studio of Prof. Paweł Bołtryk at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where I am an assistant. Work mainly involves talking to students. We are trying to develop their artistic awareness in the socio-political context. We require them to be involved. Times have changed and now hardly anyone draws traditionally. Students come with photos, videos, and conceptual projects on their phones. We teach them to look and together we are trying to find solutions to express what they think and feel.
You have a very large artistic output, you have taken part in many exhibitions. During this entire period, is there anything you regret or would do differently?
Some time ago, I met Ai Wai Wei on a street in London. We were standing next to each other at the pedestrian crossing. At the time, he was working on an exhibition for the Royal Academy. To this day, I regret that I didn’t talk to him back then. He’s a great artist and I appreciate his work.
Can you tell a bit about what you are currently working on?
I am working on an individual exhibition at the Biała Gallery in Lublin. Together with my girlfriend Liwia Bargieł, who is a dancer and choreographer, we are making a “pandemobook” movie about our experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, I am starting to work on a collective exhibition about hell organized by Stach Szabłowski in Bielsko. There is also a political exhibition in with the “Collective” cooperative this Autumn at the Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw.
Can you give some advice to any self-taught artist out there?
I was given this advice by the late prof. Żołnierkiewicz, during the plein-air in the first year of my studies. The professor got up early and wrote advice and thoughts on long blue pieces of cardboard. He changed them and crossed them over and over, he was looking for the perfect form. On one of the cardboards, it was written “believe in yourself” crossed out to “believe in yourself infinitely”. I still have it today.
What is your favourite colour?
Light Blue Green - the colour of my girlfriend’s eyes
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