Łukasz KorolkiewiczBORN 1948, Warszawa
The substance of Korolkiewicz’s paintings is photographic. Since the mid-1970s, the artist has created his work by reproducing slides projected onto canvas; at other times, he uses photographic compositions, especially self-portraits, as basis for paintings. The critics view Korolkiewicz as a continuator of the Romantic tradition of Polish painting, but also of modernism. In his work he has often depicted the life of Cracow’s bohemian community, as well as Poland’s socio-political transformation, the martial law era, and Solidarity activities. Korolkiewicz graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, earning a degree in painting in Prof. Stefan Gierowski’s studio in 1971. In the mid-1970s, he started using photographs in his work, a practice he continues to this day. Since the 1980s, he has taught painting at his alma mater’s Faculty of Industrial Design.