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Bartek Świątecki aka Pener (b. 1981, Lives and works in Olsztyn, Polska)

Since 1996 related to graffiti and than street art scene in Poland.

2006 graduated painting department of fine arts at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń.

From 2008 lives and works as a teacher in secondary school of art in Olsztyn- teaches drawing and painting/.



Bartek Świątecki’s work mixes abstraction and traditional graffiti. High art and youth culture, modernism and skateboarding. His images are based around geometric groupings and angular forms which reference futuristic architectural design. The apparent slickness of Świątecki’s productions is often at odds with the decayed settings the works are placed in. The visual language used in these pieces gives a glimpse in to a brave new world of graffiti and fine art cross over. It’s a world where graffiti writers are as happy to quote from De Stijl as they are Wu Tang.

As well as painting, Świątecki’s practice includes sculpture and installation. His sculptures are three dimensional workings of the paintings that carve triangular and pyramidal forms into real word space. Similarly, his installations contact together to make helixscapes of networked lines in public settings. In all of this work, outside of the art historical and graffiti elements, there is sense of the mapping of the digital world. Świątecki’s is re-humanising a reality which should exist on a computer monitor. And this is perhaps there greatest paradox. A graffiti writer making landscape paintings from his time in virtual reality.

Cedar Lewisohn



When you are a graffiti artist, your whole world is shaped by letters, so running away from them seems to be the most difficult thing to do.
However, it appears to be even more complicated to turn your name into something that is intersubjectively communicative. Then you change your language, and the imagery seizes being univocal. The alphabet evolves into surfaces, words become shapes and the meanings move between colours and lines.
Therefore, the works created by Bartek / Pener / Świątecki cannot be understood if we do not take into account the years of his street activities. Only then can we know the way he paved as an artist and his WRITER'S BACKGROUND will be the code to decipher his abstract figures. The figures which absorb the canvas and tell us far more than it appears while seeing the painting superficially.
The code embedded in the lines is not only the formal measure and the composition based on geometry is much more than just surfaces built on one another. The series of work titled „Cosmogramma” by Bartek / Pener / Świątecki can be interpreted through the variation put forward by him, i.e. referring to the very moment when Bartek abandoned classical graffiti and started his individual search for the essence of style.
The search has become a new genre called Graffuturism, which today constitutes the indispensable part of the modern art.
Bartek / Pener / Światecki repeatedly refers to the ideas from his beginnings and in that way, the harmony of his studio works is broken by dirt and damp patches and the typographic elements convey the consistance and perrenial efforts made to develop the unique style that characterises all Bartek's creativity.

Cezary Hunkiewicz / BrainDamage


Into Pener's work there’s a sort of catharsis. The Polish artist goes on his artistic path full of a delightful abstract attitude, working through a commutation of shapes he’ s able to achieve all of those emotional and instinctive feelings.
The research phase of this author is influenced by a constant turnover of outer stirrings and unique moments given from the environment.
Pener’s style is marked by abstract geometries, dragged here from his graffiti background.
This abstract approach has been reached through a personal research, slowly abandoning the typing culture. His artwork appears as a result of a constant chaotic and animated twist of several shapes, able to bring to life dynamic images and to stimulate the growth of them in the work space.
The compositions, both in the studio and in the street, look built following a strong sense of depth and three-dimensionality.
The elements grow out of an irregular base and from here they go through intersections crossing the space creating more elements as a new way of expression. Some volumes are more rough and dirty than others. Pener then creates figures structured as a dance of different hues, embracing pinnacles and the lowest levels, sharp edges stuck into transparent shapes.
The artist’s style traverses the space via different overlapped levels made out of a variety of colours and shades constantly trying to dare the emotions of the viewer.
A dialog between artwork and spectator takes place through lines, shapes and bodies, that powerful to cross the whole surface and trigger different games of perception portrayed by deepness instants and three-dimensional moments.
These days the author experiments a lot on smaller surfaces, as a way to evolve the research of abstract  and geometric twine.
At the same time for the opus on bigger surfaces, Pener applies the same concept magnifying it: we see here the artist growing his ability of manipulating shapes. A deep sense of perpetual motion comes out, an emotive dispersion to shape the appearance of the artist’s elements. These signs become sharpen, faster, straight and subject of a savage impact while growing in the space.


Diego Fadda / GORGO Magazine


Solo Exhibitions:

BALANCE, solo exhibition, The Book Club, London, England, 2016

NOCTURNES, solo exhibition, 886Geary Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2015

PLANED FREESTYLE, solo exhibition, Sopa Gallery, Kosice, Slovakia, 2015

COSMOGRAMMA, solo exhibition, Inoperable Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2015

DEKONSTRUKCJA,  solo exhibition, Radar gallery, Kraków, Polska, 2012

SIGNAL TO NOIS, solo exhibition, NRD gallery, Toruń, Polska, 2011




Group Exhibitions:

Inexbrussels, group show in showroom Roche Bobois, Brussels, Belgium, 2016

Team Gliss, group exhibition, Cabinet Rivet-Vigreux, Toulouse, France, 2016

Auction of XXI Century Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Sopot, Polska, 2016

FullMoon ArtVol.2, group show, 18A Gallery, Warszawa, Polska, 2016

URBAN MASTERS, Group Show, HAUSAMMANN GALLERY, Miami, USA, 2015

IX Art Biennale of Olsztyn City,  group show, BWA Gallery, Olsztyn, Polska, 2015 

G40 Art Summit, group show, Artwhino Gallery, Washington, USA, 2015

Ten years anniversary of the "Areszt Sztuk Associacion", group exhibition, Amfilada Gallery, Olsztyn, Polska, 2015

1AM REVOLUTION, group exhibition, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2015

Graffuturism 5yr, group exhibition, 886Geary Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2015

A Major Minority 2015, group exhibition, 1AM Gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2015

Polish Urban Art, group exhibition, Europejska Fundacja Kultury Miejskiej, Paris -Berlin -Batumi - Lviv -Kyiv -Minsk -Lublin -Stockholm, 2014

Same/Different, group exhibition, TheOutsiders Gallery. Newcastle, England, 2014

ARTURBAIN, Tajan auction house, Paris, France, 2014

CIEŚLAK / SYRUĆ / ŚWIĄTECKI, group exhibition at Kuratorium | galeria | przestrzeń kreatywna, Warszawa, Polska, 2014

Urbstraction, group exhibition, PrettyPortal Gallery, Duseldorf, Germany, 2014

PROPASTUFF, group exhibition, Downstairs at Mother, Londyn, England, 2014

Spring art collection, group exhibition, 1AM gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2014

Major Minority, group exhibition, 1AM gallery, San Francisco, USA, 2014

Ameryka, Wenecja, Ruś, group exhibition of association “Areszt Sztuki”, Olsztyn, Polska, 2014

PL' group show, group exhibition, 44309 gallery, Dortmund, Germany, 2014

site-specific installation during the week with Architecture, Olsztyn, Polska, 2014

Graffuturism, group exhibition, OpenSpace Galery, Paris, France, 2013

Areszt Sztuki vs Front Sztuki, group exhibition, Olsztyn, 2012

Polski Street-art" group exhibition, Auction House Rempex, Warszawa, Polska, 2012

Galeria Koloru, solo exhibition Rabeko gallery, Warszawa, Polska, 2011

Predators, group exhibition, Lublin, Polska, 2011 

Brain Damage gallery no#1, group exhibition, Lublin, Polska, 2011

COME INSIDE, group exhibition, Warszawa, Polska, 2011

Projekt 40/40, group exhibition, Warszawa, Polska, 2011

USTRUKTURALNIENIE, group exhibition, Sopot, Polska, 2011

site-specific installation "Spread", Regional Public Library, Olsztyn, Polska,  2011

site-specific installation "Turning Point", Regional Public Library, Olsztyn, Polska, 2011

site-specific installation „Babel”, Regional Public Library, Olsztyn, Polska, 2010

site-specific installation „ Concentration Degree ”, Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Polska, 2009

site-specific installation, National Museum "Królikarnia", Warsawa, Polska, 2009



Art Award for outstanding Achievements in the Arts, Mayor of Olsztyn City, Polska, 2016

Art Award for outstanding Achievements in the Arts, Mayor of Olsztyn City, Polska, 2015

Marshal Art Scholarship of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn / release my book "Deconstruction", 2014





Publications:


Selected Works 2014-2016 /
self made publication / 2016

Forty-Forty Gallery / Fundacja Sztuki Zewnętrznej / 2016

Graffiti Writing Expressions Manifestes / Hazan / 2016

The Art Of The Mural / Schiffer Publishing / 2016

X years anniversity of "Art Pretrial" (cat.) / 2015

COSMOGRAMMA / catalog for exhibition at INOPERABLE GALLERY / 2015

IX Art Biennale of Olsztyn City (cat.) / 2015

The Urban Contemporary Art Guide / 2015

Polish Urban Art (cat.) European Fundation for Urban Culture / 2015

DECONSTRUCTION / self made publication / selected works 2010-2013 / 2014

Graffiti Goes East / concrete - whole city / 2014

Graffiti w Polsce /carta banca / 2013

Polski Street Art I /carta blanca / 2012

Polski Stret Art. II /carta blanca /2012

Abstract Graffiti / merrel / 2012

Mural Art vol.III / publikat / 2011

Bike art / publikat / 2011
















Web/contact:

www.swiatecki.pl

http://www.facebook.com/bartek.swiatecki

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