Marcin Maciejowski

BORN 1974, Grójec k/ Krakowa

Maciejowski’s paintings are vivid, cartoon-style chronicles of Poland’s social life. They feature motifs from all kinds of iconographic sources: from the tabloid press, through cult movies, to the catalogues of Poland’s art museums. He was a co-founder of the informal painting collective Ładnie, alongside Rafał Bujnowski, Wilhelm Sasnal and other artists. Winner of the Paszport Polityki award (2002). He graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, with a degree in Prof. Piotr Kunce’s studio of poster art (2001). He had previously studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. Since 2000, he has collaborated with the weekly Przekroj, where he publishes his comic strip, I Live Here and I Like It. In 2010, the National Museum in Cracow held a solo exhibition of his work.

There Are Many of Those Who Are Interested in Paintings
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Marcin Maciejowski

There Are Many of Those Who Are Interested in Paintings

1999 / oil, canvas / 127 x 122 cm / no. 0052 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 2 Wróć
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 “This painting is accompanied by a comment from a fellow member of Grupa Ładnie, Józef Kurosawa, a model at the Academy,” the artist explains. “He was a frequent guest at my place and while I painted, he talked about politics, all kinds of things. I asked him to comment on what I painted. I was doing a piece with a girl holding a plastic cup. And he said it was the opening of an exhibition, and dictated a note to me, about the opening, about being interested in art. I did several paintings with his comments during that time.”

Young People Want Neither to Study nor to Work
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Marcin Maciejowski

Young People Want Neither to Study nor to Work

2000 / oil, canvas / 112,5 x 125,5 cm / no. 0053 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 2 Wróć
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Maciejowski treats press photos as a sketchbook. He is interested in the absurd, stereotypical, and banal nature of the media and their message. However, the criticism hidden in his paintings is never directed against the ordinary man. “My tools include a 4B pencil and oil paints. I’ve always wanted my paintings to be communicative immediately, at first sight, rather than being overly artistic, that is, incomprehensible,” the artist explains in an interview.

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