Wilhelm Sasnal

About artist

Born
29.12.1972
Born in Tarnów, 1972; studied architecture at Kraków University of Technology (1992–1994) and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (1994–1999); diploma in Painting under Prof Leszek Misiak in 1999; his artistic activity covers painting, drawing, filmmaking and comic strips for “Machina” and “Przekrój” magazines; in 2006 he was number one in a survey to find the world’s top one hundred young artists conducted by the “Flash Art” magazine of contemporary art. Co-founder and member of the former “Ładnie” artistic group (1995–2001); resident artist in Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2005). Winner of numerous prestigious awards, including the Grand Prize at the 34th Painting Biennial “Bielska Jesień” in 1999 and the “Pegaz” award for achievements in the field of art in 2003. He was the youngest artist to participate in the historical exhibition “In-Between: Art from Poland 1945–2000” held in Chicago; winner of the Van Gogh Award (Amsterdam, 2006). The artist cooperates with the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw and with the “Krytyka Polityczna” magazine which published a book entitled Sasnal, the Krytyka Polityczna Art Guide. Considered by many critics a leading painter of his generation, Wilhelm Sasnal chooses his themes on the basis of his emotional attachments. These choices are based on close and attentive observation of his immediate surroundings. Sasnal's works created in the period when he was a member of the "Ładnie" Group are described as pop-banalism. The themes of these paintings cover apparently trivial areas of everyday life as seen on TV or computer screen, or shown in flashy magazines or promotional leaflets. These paintings – showing banal and immediately recognizable objects which have already become signs of the times – form a unique “chronicle” of the present. Around 2000, Sasnal began to use a whole array of new artistic techniques and means of expression. In 2001 he used a wall of Galeria Bielska BWA on which he recreated some of the speech bubbles from the comic book Maus by Art Spiegelman, referring to wartime experiences of the former Bielsko Jews. The range of Sasnal’s artistic activities also includes filmmaking, for which he uses 8 mm- and 16 mm-film cameras. His paintings can be found in the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and numerous private collections.

Works

Wilhelm Sasnal

Ladies’ Bicycle

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Wilhelm Sasnal

Men’s Bicycle

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