Posts Tagged ‘Poland’

Artist of the moment………Robert Proch


Robert Proch is a contemporary artist renown for his Futurist depictions of the human figure. Robert Proch was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland in the year 1986. Proch works as a painter, printmaker, animator, and muralist.

Proch studied animation at the Academy of Arts located in Poznan, Poland (The nations fifth largest city). The artist is still based out of Poznan, Poland.

The artist began writing graffiti in the streets whilst he was a teenager.

A few artists that inspire Robert Proch include street artist Sat One, Francis Bacon, and Monet.

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Below a time lapse video of a mural painted by Robert Proch:

Proch works mainly with acrylic paint.

Here we visit the OpenSpace Gallery located in Paris, France for a show featuring Robert Proch that took place in 2013:


Proch has incredible design and draftsmanship skills. His style is a blend of wonderfully drawn faces and figures from unique viewpoints that give them a Japanese animation feel.


Artist of the moment………Peter Uklanski


Piotr Uklanski is a Polish mixed media artist who paints, sculpts, is a photographer, collage artist, and filmmaker. Piotr Uklanski was born in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1968. Uklanski attended the Academy of Art located in Warsaw. In addition Uklanski came to New York’s Cooper Union College where he studied photography.

The artist can paint wonderful abstract works, but also creates wonderful sculptures of hands that can reach multiple levels of a house.

Uklanski has participated in many of important art festivals including the Venice Biennial.

The artist has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

If you enjoy artists who use many mediums in expressing themselves be sure and check out my post on Vik Muniz.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 up to $300,000.

Below we visit a show featuring the work of Piotr Uklanski and his works in across many mediums:






Artist of the moment………..Anatol Wladyslaw


Anatol Wladyslaw was a Brazilian painter renown for his abstract works. Anatol Wladyslaw was born in Warsaw, Poland in  the year 1913.

The artist studied electrical engineering. He began to study art 5 years after finishing his engineering studies.

The artist experimented with other art movements including constructivism and figurative works.

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Anatol Wladyslaw passed away 2004 whilst living in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

I enjoy the many shapes included in the many works of Wladyslaw. Its modern and reminds of the screen savers of the home computers of a decade ago.

Wladyslaw reminds of a contemporary Brazilian painter who also had a very bright palette and bold colors and shapes, Romero Britto.


Artist of the moment……….Sepe and Chazme




Sepe and Chazme are a wonderful pair of street artist from Poland. Sepe and Chazm create remarkable works that have a wonderful sense of design using color and depth to achieve some amazing results. Sepe’s specialty is character and figure design. Chazm’s specialty is architecture.

Michael “Sepe” Wrega attended the Academy of Art located in Warsaw, Poland.

Daniel “Chazme” Kalinowski was born in Laufen, Switzerland in the year 1980. The artist attended the Architecture and Town Planning School also located in Warsaw, Poland.

In this clip we view a time lapse of the Sepe and Chazme at work on a piece in Poland that was made in 2013:

This exciting young duo is among the finest of the young street artists teams in all of Europe!

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Below a link to the website of artist Sepe:

Below a link to the artist Chazme:


Artist of the moment…….Street Artist 1010




Street artist 1010 was born in the country of Poland and makes fantastic works of art that showcase his tremendous use of color. 1010 uses simple geometric and organic shapes to make animals and also wall relief style works that emphasize color.

1010 made his work graffiti type work in 1993.

He uses the nickname he was given my a journalist who photographed his work and gave him the name. 1010 enjoys working with numbers and code.

Here we view an urban art show from 2011 that featured artist 101o and others including Rebelizer. This clip shows 1010 birds and earlier works that involve light and far different from his output now:

Below a link to the website of artist 1010:

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1010 is now based out of Germany and has done many works on the walls of  Hamburg, Germany.

What a creative artist! Its great to get so much color onto blah colored walls!


Artist of the moment…..Street Artist Team Etam Cru


Etam Cru consists of artists from Poland named Sainer and Bezt. Bezt was born in Turek, Poland in the year 1987. Sainer was born in Lodz, Poland in the year 1988.

The duo met each other when they were attending the Academy of Fine Art located in Lodz, Poland. Both artists work in the commercial and graphics design field.



In this clip we visit the studio of Etam Cru and see them at work:

Here we see the artists at work on a very large scale. Not only are the characters very animated and lifelike, we must remember in some cases the figures might be 5 stories high. The team is great at depicting subjects difficult for most artists, fabric and clothes and also hands:


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Artist of the moment……Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz is a sculptor using a modernist style. Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in Falenty, Poland in the year 1930. The artist is renown for her work with the figure. Her family was quite well off financially, they were land owners. But during her childhood years the family struggled as their home country of Poland was taken over by Germany. The family was also part of the nobility in Poland.

When the German Nazis were in control, the only type of art that was acceptable was the style of “social realism.” Abakanowicz disliked the tight and rigid way of seeing the Warsaw Academy taught. The artist liked to produce work that was looser with more emotion.

Abakanowicz works often works with soft materials in her sculpture work, often using fiber materials in her work.

In this clip we view an exhibition by Magdalena Abakanowicz that took place in 2012:

Abakanowicz attended the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art. The artist honed her skills as a painter and draftsman, but also studied other forms of art including many lessons in graphic design, weaving, and how to use the silkscreen.

The name for the figure’s made by the artist is Abakans. These forms are made of rope that is twisted and tied to get the end result of figure, most times without a head. These works are the same size as public sculptures with some reaching as high as 13 feet!

Price range information: Works in ink and graphite can be found at $5,000. Other works including large works using textiles or bronze works can reach one half million dollars.

What a remarkable artist. Its great that the artist studied many mediums of art in college, and continues to use and work with these materials to this day. Her growth as an artist will never stop!


Artist of the moment……..Bruno Bobak

Bruno Bobak was a Canadian painter of landscapes and also the figure. Bruno Bobak was born in Wawelowska, Poland in the year 1923. The artist came with his family to the country of Canada in 1925.

The artist attended art school in high school and after he graduated joined the Army as it was during the time of World War 2. The artist won a contest for the army to see which soldiers might become an official war artist of the Canadian government. Bobak served as the youngest war artist in the army.

In this clip we view some of Bruno Bobak’s nude figure works:

The artist also married a fellow war artist named Molly Bobak. Whilst Bruno was the youngest ever his wife Molly became famous as Canadian’s first female official war artist.

Bruno and his wife Molly Bobak were both officials members of the Order of Canada.

Bobak also taught at the Vancouver School of Art.

Bruno Babek passed away in 2012.

Price range information: The artist worked in watercolor and oils. In addition he was a printmaker. Prints start around $1,000 up to an original oil which can reach $10,000.

Molly Bobak produced large amount of works and has plenty to do her own entry so the wife of Bruno Bobak will be next up!

Love this artistic families! How interesting that both husband and wife served as official war artists.



Artist of the moment………Tamara de Lempicka

Tamara De Lempicka was born Maria Gorska in Warsaw, Poland in the year 1898. She is best known under her married name of Tamara de Lempicka. The artist is best known for her work of the Art Deco period. Though in her later years she did experiment with abstract works. Her father was a lawyer and her mother the daughter of a socialite. HEr entire life she would remain in the upper crust of life. One sister named Adrienne Gorska went on to be a great interior designer.

In 1912 her parents divorced, she went to live with a rich aunt in Russia. Whilst at the opera at the age of 15, she set her sights on the man she would marry. A lawyer and ladies man about time named Tadeusz de Lempicki. After the Russian revolution the family moved to Paris and were able to get by on selling some family jewels.

She would attend the famous Academie de la Grand Chaumiere in Paris, France for her artistic education.

Some of her work appeared in the hottest fashion magazines of the day. One such work is titled “Auto-Portrait.” Which shows the artist as a sort of Rosie the Riveter iconic woman. Independent, self assured, and free to do what she wants.

She was bisexual and plays have been written about her love life. Even a book by Ellis Avery on a relationship de Lempicka might have had with one of her models.

Her husband didn’t like her bisexuality and he divorced her. She would later remarry another aristocrat. In 1939 she headed for California and became loved by the Hollywood crowd.

Tamara de Lempicka passed away in 1978.

She is still popular among Hollywood, with collectors including Jack Nicholson and Madonna. Madonna even uses some of her works in her videos as background.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $40,0000 for pencil works. Oils can reach for $9 million dollars.

In this clip a great montage of art by Lempicka:

Artist of the moment…..Julian Stanczak

Julian Stanczak was born in Poland in the year 1928. Stanczak is renown for his Op- Art style of painting. The artist had a rough life in his early years. Stanczak was sent to a labor camp in Siberia at the start of World War 2.  The conditions were so severe that he lost the use of his right arm.  The artist was originally left handed.

When the artist was thirteen years of age, he escaped and joined the Polish army. He would soon abandon the army and spent some time living in Africa in a refugee camp. Whilst in Africa Stanczak learned how to write and complete tasks with his left hand. The artist would spend time in London, England and then he moved to the United States in 1950 living in Cleveland, Ohio.

For his artistic education Julian Stanczak earned a bachelors degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Stanczak went on to earn a masters of fine arts degree from Yale University.

His first solo show was titled Julian Stanczak: Optical Paintings and was held in New York in 1964.

The artist was part of the teaching faculty at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

In this clip a brief bio and segment on how Julian Stanczak uses color in his work:

Julian Stanczak paints with acrylics on canvas but also paints with oils on canvas and even on plastic, giving his work a very modern paint quality. I find his story inspiring and another great example of how art can be used to teach, motivate, and inspire. Stanczak had to relearn how to do everything with his non dominant arm.

Julian Stanczak is included in many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art  and Smithsonian Gallery of Art.

Here we view an installation of a very large public installation made by the artist covering an older building in Cincy:

And to close we visit the studio of Julian Stanczak:

Price range information:  Prints can be found starting at $2,000 and originals can reach as high as $80,000.

His wife is also a noted sculptor named Barbara Stanczak, below an example of her style.


Another wonderfully artistic family!


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