Radek SzlagaBORN 1979, Gliwice
Radek Szlaga was born in 1979. A graduate of painting at the University of Arts in Poznań in professor Jerzy Kałucki’s studio. He works and lives in Warsaw. His works were presented in solo and group exhibitions, among others in Poland, London, Berlin, The Hague and Beijing. A creator of paintings, drawings, installations, sculptures, books. In his work he bases on the themes, characters and myths of contemporary culture, from which he builds multi-level, non-linear narratives. An important element of his works are alternative social systems, such as the Freedom Club and local communities in which he seeks the individual’s independence in the globalized world. Szlaga also asks questions about his identity as an artist. Using themes from popular culture , which he is able to reproduce mimetically in painting, drawing or prescribed calligraphic handwritten pages of texts from Wikipedia, and asks the question about the possibility of describing the world - its apparent layer and what does not reach the averaging, media image. An important element of his work is a skilled workshop that cannot be separated from the content of his work.