Tomasz Kręcicki

Term: August – September 2018

Supported by the City of Leipzig / Referat for International Cooperation


Born 1990, lives and works in Cracow, Poland.

Tomasz Kręcicki con­structs his pain­tings by playing with scale, con­sciously manipulating conven­tions of depiction—from Pop Art to minimalism and expressionism. At the centre of the artist’s interest are objects and props so ordinary that he can effec­tively play on their images: to mythologize the everyday and to throw into doubt its poetic beauty eagerly exploited by artists. There is visible inspirations in his paintings, coming out from erothic thrillers, sci-fi and, b-movies. A series of pain­tings are com­posed as film stills displaying an unexpec­ted, delirious war­ping of reality: falling cars, swallowing pills, compositions with guns, knifes, or mon­strous fin­ger­tips.

Education & Scholarships

2018 Artist Residency at MeetFactory, Prague, Czech Rep.
2010 – 2015 Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow
2014/15 Erasmus Scholarship in AdBK in Nuremberg

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Six lessons / Sześć lekcji, Galeria Potencja, Cracow
2015 Everything I do not do / Wszystko, czym się nie zajmuję, Zderzak Gallery, Cracow
2014 Any resemblance, Aa Collections, Vienna (with Cyryl Polaczek)
2014 Waste / odpadki, Arsene Galeria Wiatrak, Cracow

Group Exhibitions

2018 Komunikacja ze wszystkim, co jest, Fundacja Stefana Gierowskiego, Warszawa
2018 Ozimina, Widna Gallery, Cracow
2018 LifeHack, Jedna Dva Tři Gallery, Prague
2017 Jeszcze już bardzo, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Grey House Foundation Prize, Cracow
2017 Szwung, Schwarz Contemporary, Berlin
2017 Look at us!, Gnyp Gallery, Berlin
2017 No problem, Galeria Potencja, Cracow
2017 „XY” New Generation Polish-Hungarian Painting, The MODEM Center for Modern and 2017 Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
2017 Movie Show / Seans, Szara Gallery, Katowice
2017 Art in art / Sztuka w sztuce, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK, Cracow
2017 Potency / Potencja, Raster Gallery, Warsaw
2017 Future Perfect, Galeria Potencja, Cracow
2016 12th Geppert Competition / 12. Konkurs Gepperta, BWA Wrocław
2016 Out of sight, Out of Mind / Ojciec szklarz, matka szyba, Henryk, Cracow
2016 Converstations with plants / Rozmowy z roślinami, Księgarnia/Wystawa, Cracow
2016 Interstelaż, Potencja, Cracow
2015 42. Biennale Malarstwa Bielska Jesień, Galeria Bielska BWA, 3rd Prize, Bielsko Biała
2014 Lepiej mieć horyzont wąski…, Zderzak Gallery, Cracow
2013 What is Art For? / Po co sztuka?, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK, Cracow
2013 Spring / Wiosna, Wiarus Canteen, Cracow

Collaborative Project

Cofounder with Karolina Jabłońska and Cyryl Polaczek, artist’s run space POTENCJA