Let’s meet the 12 winners of the first ‘Young Lynxes Portfolio’ art competition organised this winter by Contemporary Lynx Magazine. After a heated debate, the jury panel composed of editors: Anna Dziuba, Michalina Sablik, Dobromiła Błaszczyk and Sylwia Krasoń, chose 12 visual artists from hundreds of submissions. Our criteria included talent, aesthetics, selection of topics, and originality. Have a look at the winners’ biographies and their portfolios.
Bartosz Czarnecki (b.1988) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. His artistic practice includes painting, drawing and poster design. In his art, he blurs and covers information to make it difficult to read, and turn it into ‘noise’. In his works, he introduces the vibrations of the image by blurring the details. With every next ‘spot’, he says, he moves away from the moment when one can see the real character and approaches the ‘forgotten portrait’.
Norbert Delman (b.1989) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He studied at Mirosław Bałka’s studio. Delman is a multidisciplinary artist working in various media – video, sculpture, installations, performance. He is also a co-founder of Stroboskop art space in Warsaw. In his work, he focusses on the issues of physicality, carnality and gender by exploring culture and aesthetics of bodybuilding and fitness. In his work, he also examines how the body is shaped in physical and virtual reality. Today, in times of hyper-popularity of social media – full of amateurs images of people’s intimate lives we can easily relate to his work. Delman looks outside the artistic ‘bubble’ onto changing habits in the society.
Ewa Doroszenko (b.1983) earned a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń specialising in painting. In her practice, she combines paintings, photography, installations and digital media. Her artistic research addresses questions of the future technology in tune with digital aesthetics and the traditional fine arts. In her paintings, Ewa translates sounds and tunes into the visual language through physical objects and digital media, without special effects, and exaggerated drama. By doing so, she creates complex and fascinating body of work on the verge of art and technology, showing a vision of the future where traditional fine art technique merges into new media art.
Wiktor Dyndo (b.1983) is a graduate of the Painting Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2005, he got a scholarship from the Painting Faculty at Helwan University in Cairo. His career includes many exhibitions in Poland and worldwide. In his work, he investigates issues of multiculturalism, international terrorism, religious conflicts and media manipulation. Dyndo cleverly translates his knowledge of current global affairs into visual language. In his sophisticated, two-dimensional work, real objects are presented in a simplified way with flat colours. He proves that visual artists are an important voice in the debate of hot topics reported in the media.
Marta Krześlak (b.1994) is a visual artist focused on photography, video art, installation and site-specific projects. She studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Currently, she is a student of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon. In her works, she reflects on the notion of nature and how it relates to the realm of culture. She uses ready-made objects made of plastic, garbage or everyday objects to create nature-like compositions, which resemble coral reefs, and fish and seaweeds floating on water. Her concepts are full of irony, wit and humour.
Mikołaj Małek (b.1983) is a painter, draughtsman, assemblage and installation artist. In 2017, he obtained his PhD degree in visual arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. His artistic practice includes building models, installations, small interferences, sketches and references to literature, which once transformed, appear in his narrative works. He explores the question of imagination and the dynamic relationship between the imagined and the real. One of the objects included in his portfolio consists of cast forms of the resin hands hanging on vertical metal.
Gabriel Orłowski (b.1989) is a photographer and new media artist. In 2016, he graduated with an MFA from the Photography department at Leon Schiller’s Polish National Film, TV and Theatre School in Łódź. In his photographs, we can find empty spaces of leisure, weird devices, fragments of roadblocks, abandoned scenes. These captured scenes include no distractions, only subtle traces suggest, that something has happened. His photography seems to be derived from the surreal para-documentary on power, entropy and order. Orłowski registers the intensity and dynamics between people and their surroundings.
Anna Perach (b.1985) currently is a student of the Goldsmiths, University of London with an MFA in Fine Art. She works with mixed media techniques to create two- and three-dimensional objects inspired by Slavic folk stories and traditional craft techniques juxtaposed with contemporary materials and narratives. In her practice, she explores the way cultural transitions influence one’s sense of self and the relationships in the domestic sphere. Another key theme in her practice is the deconstruction of social narratives of femininity such as beauty and motherhood. Her portfolio includes hand-tufted masks and costumes covering the whole face, which are thick as carpets and ready to be worn.
Anna Raczyńska (b.1990) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. In 2015, she graduated from the School of Art and Design in Wrocław. In 2016, she completed an artist residency in Enschede, the Netherlands. Her sculpture and installation work mixes different techniques and is inspired by places, forms, materials and objects encountered in the contexts, in which they are presented.
Michał Sroka (b.1984) is a visual artist, architect, and assistant and PhD student at the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He works across media focusing on installation, collages, sculpture and painting. Sroka often uses raw materials such as wood, metal, concrete or plywood. He is a „total artist” like Kurt Schwitters and an “artist-collector” and so thinks comprehensively about gallery space, architecture and objects. In his expressive and monochrome paintings and drawing, he often uses the collage and decollage techniques.
Karolina Wojciechowska (b. 1991) is a graduate of graphic design at the University of the Arts Poznan (UAP). She specialises in collages and screen printing. In her works, she often juxtaposes a man with the monumental landscapes, showing in this way the superiority and inability to control the nature. She presents her characters – often passive or behaving inadequate – facing the situation of threats posed by ecological disasters, wars or brutalist architecture of the twentieth century. In this way, she aims to shows the widespread indifference of today’s people.
Bartosz Zaskórski (b.1987) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He currently works as an assistant at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin and is a PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. His areas of work include drawing, book design, writing and recording audio plays, and creating objects. As a musician, he works under the moniker “Mchy i Porosty” (Mosses & Lichens) and usually performs sad dance music. He is an author of two audio plays, composed of short stories about love, countryside life, post-apocalyptic visions and nature. His works are full of nostalgia, irony and black humour.