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Bartosz Kokosinski

Born: 1984

member since: 2019


Bartosz Kokosinski is a painter and creator of art installations and videos. He belonged to the Kraków-based Silnia artistic group.

Kokosiński raises questions about the phenomenon of painting, reflecting on its artistic status and meaning. He is not interested in the illustrative aspect of the medium of painting but in the very process of painting, the physicality of the matter that the painting is made of. The artist deforms his art: bends its structure, turns linens inside out and stuffs them with various objects. His works are sometimes defected, ‘sick’, and present their own imperfectness to viewers, e.g. weak, unstable fundaments and exfoliating paint. Kokosiński’s paintings are authentic as records of experiences and emotions, doubts and reattempts to establish one’s own language within a medium that does not accept compromises.

In his works the artist creatively refers to tradition of painting by discussing its conventions, experimenting with its formats and overstepping the accepted borders of painting. Kokosiński has created an individual and easily-recognizable style that uses innovative formal strategies as useful tools for reflection on the status of painting in the contemporary world and indirectly on the condition of men in the world of today. The artist asks about the relation between art and over-artistic reality, underlining the importance of such terms as hybridity, excess and overproduction.

2009 - Akademy of Fine Arts Krakow, Faculty of Painting, studios of Professor Andrzej Bednarczyk and Witold Stelmachniewicz

The artist held the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship (2002, 2007, 2012) three times and received a grant from the Canadian Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation (2006). In 2003 Kokosiński was awarded at the 41st ‘Bielska Jesień’ Biennale (a regular merit and a patronage redactions merit: ‘ARTLUK’, ‘EXIT’ and ’OBIEG’). In 2014, he won first prize at the ‘Young Art Compass’ for young artists. His works are displayed in the following national galleries: Galeria Bielska BWA in Bielsko-Biała, Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej in Szczecin, Bunkier Sztuki in Kraków and Centrum Rzeźby Polskiej in Orońsk.


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