Rafał Labijak: Play’s Station

Address ul. Grzybowska 12/14, Warszawa
Tags Paintings
Venue's website www.stationof.art…
Curator Kama Zboralska

Rafal Labijak's painting exhibition at the Station of Art gallery in Warsaw.

Behind the glass screen of the Station of Art gallery we find a fascinating world of a game in which light is the protagonist. This light, however, does not emanate from the screen of any of the popular electronic devices, but reaches the eye of the viewer reflected from the painting matter of the image. This is the idea of this exhibition: to redirect the viewer's attention to the medium of painting and let him feel the multidimensional impact of the work covered with great feeling by the strokes of the tool leaving the trace of the C/creator, the artist himself writes about the exhibition.

Rafal Labijak is a Polish artist-painter born in 1968; he resides permanently in Poznan, but has traveled extensively around the world. The time of his particular international activity was in 2015-2016, when in Ostrava (Czech Republic) he created on the site of the revitalized post-industrial metallurgical and mining complex Vitkovice. He also does painting in Berlin, which has become a place of inspiration and creative development for him thanks to his contacts with artists there. Rafal Labijak is a graduate in painting from the Magdalena Abakanowicz University of Arts in Poznan in the studio of UAP Professor Wojciech Gorączniak (2021). In 2004-2005 he gained his experience as a free student in the 8th Studio of Prof. Józef Walczak at the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts. In 2014, he participated in the Plein-Air and Encounter of Art and Social Activities organized by Prof. Janusz Marciniak (University of Arts in Poznań) and Signum Foundation. Independently, in 1992 he graduated from the Poznan University of Technology. His fascination with the observed interactions of energy on the forms and shapes of matter is evident in his works to this day.

Rafal Labijak's paintings oscillate around themes related to communication in the post-modern world, post-industrial landscapes, and the mediatization of virtual reality. His focus is also on social relations in the age of the smartphone revolution. He uses traditional techniques, such as oil and acrylic on canvas or monotype, and also experiments with his own techniques. His works are present in private and institutional collections in many countries.

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