Mateusz Piestrak is best known for blurring the line between abstraction and representation. His paintings are a record of discussion on the potential of the painting to a culture dominated by digititis. The main theme is "discovering" the image. In Piestrak's paintings, the modern world makes a conversation with tradition. He paraphrases fragments of artworks by the old masters, well known from the tradition of painting. The artist chooses motives according to the non-obvious key, drawing inspiration alternately from everyday life, the tradition of painting and sculpture, achievements of contemporary artists, or juggling quotes taken from photographs. Piestrak doesn't begin his work from thinking in terms of narration - he rather strives for this construction to appear at the audience, letting the images stimulate the viewers memory and make them start building the story themselves. The artist drifts through his own epoch, turning the source of inspiration into fiction. By multiplying parallel perspectives, the narration in his works is always multidimensional, fragmentary, foggy and depends strongly on the individual experience.

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Mateusz Piestrak (born 1991, Wrocław, Poland). Graduated with honors from The University of Arts in Poznan (Poland), at the Faculty of Painting under the supervision of Professor Włodzimierz Dudkowiak. While working in the field of abstract painting he consequently explores the issues of painting facing the post-media conditions and combines new media strategies with the tradition of painting. Mateusz Piestrak has been repeatedly awarded with various contemporary art prizes in Poland, including The Art Prize ‘New Image / New Look’ in 2016. His works were exhibited at group shows in Central and Eastern Europe. Mateusz Piestrak lives and works in Poznan (Poland), where he runs a studio at MONA Inner Spaces (Museum of the Newest Art).



Curriculum Vitae

Select Individual Exhibitions:

2017 - Mateusz Piestrak | Non-places | During Berlin Gallery Weekend, Assembly Gallery, Berlin

2017 - Mateusz Piestrak | Stream not found, Assembly Gallery, Poznań

2017 - Mitch + Co Gallery at SCOPE New York 

2016 - The Next Day, Assembly Gallery, Poznań

2016 - Reconstructions of the memory, Dresden, Germany

2016 - error: X | 10. Internationale Ausstellung zeitgenössischer Künste, Dresden, Germany

2016 – ArtVilnius'16, International Contemporary Art Fair, The Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, Vilnius, Lithuania

2016 – Laureate of The Art Prize ‘New Image / New Look’, Poland

2014, 2016 – Two-Time Finalist of the artistic competition ‘Artistic Journey Hestia’, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland

2016 – Temporary Autonomous Zone, Mona Inner Spaces, Poznao, Poland

2016 – Visibilities, MONA Inner Spaces (Museum of the Newst Art), Poznao, Poland select group exhibitions:

2015 – Fallout Skies / Bad Weather, FLOW, MONA Inner Spaces, Poznao

2015 – The Border, Galeria Nowa, Poznao, Poland

2014 – Non-place, Fama, Świnoujście, Poland

2014 – Out, Pawilon Sztuki Ergo Hestia, Warszawa, Poland

2014 – The Liquidity of Image, GaleriaFF, Łódź, Poland

2014 – Images for The Real World, Ptapty, Poznao, Poland

2013 – Drzewno drewno temu, KolegiackiArt, Poznao, Poland

2013 – Recognitions, Miejsce Sztuki 44, Świnoujście, Poland

2013 – Kontakte, Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

2013 – Drawing Areas, Gallery at the Jesuits, Poznao, Poland

2010 – Fototeka, ShowOff, The Month of Photography, Cracow, Poland


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