Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk

born 1985, lives and works in Krakow (PL) Studied graphic art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, where he received his doctorate under the mentorship of Professor Dariusz Vasiny. He holds an adjunct position at the Pedagogical University in Krakow. In his artworks, he creates sculptures, installation, animation, music and graphic illustration. Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk is an artist who’s decidedly un-contemporary. His interests are focused on a broadly understood concept of humanism, while his artistic practice draws from traditional, oftentimes even archaic, techniques, topics and iconographies. Sobczyk reaches back to the fundamental questions on the nature of Mankind, the existence of Good and Evil, the essence of Beauty and Art. His isn’t, however, a strictly elementary return to the ideas and craft of a Renaissance artist. Sobczyk’s affinities amid the values of the humanities take on a characteristically material dimension. Through an obsessive manual dexterity and a passion for uncanny details, he builds his own moral corpus. The specific cult of the physical isn’t limited to the craftsman – it’s rather closer to the realm of alchemy. Some of his objects are created with an artisanal precision, while others undergo decomposition or crystallization, setting them between a synthetic process and a natural one. His workshop-lab becomes a space for breaking down ideas to their basic elements, which are ruled by their own rules of development that go beyond time. His take on the substance of the world recalls and relays traces of history, along with proof of good and evil. Sobczyk’s fetish with regard to ideas and matter come together in an immutable and sophisticated tangle, which translates into a nostalgic search for one’s own spiritual formula.   More
Selected exhibitions: 2018 - Wielcy Sarmaci Tego Kraju / Wielkie Sarmatki Tego Kraju, Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Tarnów, PL - Affinities II, Henryk Gallery, Kraków, PL (solo) - Affinities I, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo) 2017 - Jarden Brun, Willa Kadenówka, Rabka Zdrój, PL 2016 - Trial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kraków, PL 2015 - Eight Fairy Tales, Krużganki oo. Dominikanów, Kraków, PL (solo) 2012 - Theater of Memory, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Kraków, PL (solo) - I Biennale Saint Vincent European Art SVEART, Valle d'Aosta, IT 2011 - III International Biennial of Graphic Art, Shenzhen, CN - Raw Meat, FASS Art Gallery, Stambuł, TR Scholarships, Prizes & Residencies: 2012 - 3rd Prize at I Biennale Saint Vincent European Art SVEART, Valle D’Aosta, IT - Creative Stipend from the City of Krakow, PL