Cyryl Polaczek

Term: August – September 2018

Supported by the City of Leipzig / Referat for International Cooperation.


Born 1989 in Zielona Góra, Poland, lives and works in Cracow, Poland.

It has always been difficult for me to verbalize my thoughts. Much simpler is translating them into a visual form. These most intricate thoughts I depict on canvas. Through own symbolism and assocation I portray confusing stories, scenes from movies, books or processes and devices that surround me in everyday life I have vague idea how they works.

After long struggles in painting in a thick layer of paint, drawing in it, engraving and imprinting simple lines and shapes I returned to classical painting with smoothly laid stains, and glazes. I do not know how long it will take, the form of works I do often change. I try not to attach to the style.
Next to painting which is an extremely individual activity I am involved in Potencja – artists-run space based in Cracow (PL) With other founders – Karolina Jabłońska and Tomasz Kręcicki we are curating exhibitions, making scenography, creating sculptures, objects, producting films, music, etc.


2008-2010 study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk
2010-2014 study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow
2013 study at Universität der Künste in Berlin
April 2013 APH Scholarship in New York

Collaborative Project

Cofounder with Karolina Jabłońska and Tomasz Kręcicki,
artist run space – Potencja Gallery and Potencja Film Studio

Selected exhibitions

2017 Szwung, Schwarz Contemporary, Berlin (group)
2017 XY ? New Generation Polish-Hungarian Painting (solo)
2017 Modem, Debrecen (group)
2017 Seans, Galeria Szara, Katowice (group)
2017 Potencja, Raster Gallery, Warsaw (group)
2016 Odmiany pośrednie, Galeria zderzak, Cracow (solo)
2016 Apteka leków gotowych, Galeria Zderzak, Cracow (group)
2014 From dusk till dawn, Galeria Zderzak, Cracow (group)
2014 Any resemblance, Aacolection gallery Vienna (solo)
2014 Ostre koło, Browar Lubicz, Kraków (group)
2013 Parade of Progress, West Germany, Berlin (group)
2012 Ouueaooo, FPSW, Warsaw (solo)