Rafał Bujnowski

BORN 1974, Wadowice

Bujnowski’s paintings are not ordinary canvases but micro-models of artworks. He manipulates them so that they reveal meanings depending on the ambiance in which they are shown. Besides painting, he is also an author of videos, installations, and artistic actions. He has graduated from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts' Faculty of Graphic Arts, has studied architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. Co-founder (besides, among others, Marcin Maciejowski and Wilhelm Sasnal) of Grupa Ładnie, an informal artist collective that grew out of opposition against the academic philosophy of painting. In 1998-2001, he ran Galeria Otwarta [Open Gallery] which used several billboards in downtown Cracow as its exhibition space. Winner of the prestigious Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft (2005).

Graboszyce
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Rafał Bujnowski

Graboszyce

2002 / oil, canvas / 75 x 89  cm / no. 0047 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 3 Wróć
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The Graboszyce series is the result of painterly investigations that Rafał Bujnowski conducts in his immediate environment. He records the banal, ordinary elements of Polish reality and reduces them to symbols of a common visual experience. The houses portrayed in these paintings could have been seen in any Polish town, not necessarily in the titular Graboszyce. No individual stories are to be found here. The paintings are simple, crude, rendered in an “artisan” fashion, like a bricklayer builds a house. Their shapes precisely match the shapes of the architecture. The frames, rather than being simply rectangular, match the slanted lines of the roofs and perspective foreshortening. The three buildings/paintings form an illusion of three-dimensional space. The wall on which they are displayed becomes part of the composition.

Graboszyce
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Rafał Bujnowski

Graboszyce

2002 / oil, canvas / 51 x 58 cm / no. 0048 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 3 Wróć
Description

The Graboszyce series is the result of painterly investigations that Rafał Bujnowski conducts in his immediate environment. He records the banal, ordinary elements of Polish reality and reduces them to symbols of a common visual experience. The houses portrayed in these paintings could have been seen in any Polish town, not necessarily in the titular Graboszyce. No individual stories are to be found here. The paintings are simple, crude, rendered in an “artisan” fashion, like a bricklayer builds a house. Their shapes precisely match the shapes of the architecture. The frames, rather than being simply rectangular, match the slanted lines of the roofs and perspective foreshortening. The three buildings/paintings form an illusion of three-dimensional space. The wall on which they are displayed becomes part of the composition.
 

Graboszyce
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Rafał Bujnowski

Graboszyce

2002 / oil on canvas / 62 x 82 cm / no. 0049 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 3/ 3 Wróć
Description

The Graboszyce series is the result of painterly investigations that Rafał Bujnowski conducts in his immediate environment. He records the banal, ordinary elements of Polish reality and reduces them to symbols of a common visual experience. The houses portrayed in these paintings could have been seen in any Polish town, not necessarily in the titular Graboszyce. No individual stories are to be found here. The paintings are simple, crude, rendered in an “artisan” fashion, like a bricklayer builds a house. Their shapes precisely match the shapes of the architecture. The frames, rather than being simply rectangular, match the slanted lines of the roofs and perspective foreshortening. The three buildings/paintings form an illusion of three-dimensional space. The wall on which they are displayed becomes part of the composition.
 

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