Alex Urban

b. 1978, lives and works in Wrocław (PL).

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Urban works primarily in painting, sculpture and photography. Her ease in broaching topics of cor­poreality, sexuality and religion is evident in her ten­dency towards coarse associations and vulgar jokes. Her works are full of peculiar characters and phan­toms that are eternally ambiguous. Urban often uses the convention of kitsch and refers to the realm of the sacred to create her characteristic imagery. The bright palette she uses breaks down the reality of what might otherwise by seen as banal scenes that play out on her canvases. These vivid colours, brought in from the phantasmagorical imagery of pop culture, take on a certain toxicity in her imagery.

Works are held in the following collections:

– National Museum in Gdańsk
– MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków
– Museum of Warmia & Mazury, Olsztyn


Selected exhibitions:

– Wild at Heart, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– Madam, Can You Check If There Are Any Dreams Tangled in My Hair?, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Słupsk, PL
– Nietota (The-What-Is-Not), Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, PL; Municipal Gallery BWA, Białystok, PL

– From Artificial Reality to a Selfie, BWA Wrocław, PL
– L.O.Q.M, Cellar Gallery, Kraków, PL
– 10 Summer Afterimages, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Biennale de La Biche, Guadeloupe, GP

– Becoming our Mind, III Metavera Art Festival, Katowice, PL
– pfff…, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Destinesia, Stephen Romano Gallery, Nowy Jork, US
– Sztuczny miód, Galeria Extravagance, Sosnowieckie Centrum Kultury, Sosnowiec, PL (solo)

– Facehole, BWA Kielce, PL (solo)
– Paradoks czasu, Muzeum w Sosnowcu, PL
– Dio Horia in Mykonos, Dio Horia, Mykonos, GR
– Pupile, Centre for Arts, Poznań, PL
– Garden, ArtBrussels 2015, Brussels, BE
– Dziewczyny mówią tak myślą nie, City Museum of Wrocław, PL (solo)
– Crowd Pleasers, Platán Galéria, Budapest, HU

– Miasto — stan zapalny, 12. Przegląd Sztuki Survival, Wrocław, PL
– People Are Strange, BWA Olsztyn, PL
– Collage, Ptapty, Poznań, PL
– Złoty wiek. Kolekcja Vinyl Canvas, Design Gallery – BWA Wrocław, PL
– Urodziny Galerii U, Galeria U, Wrocław, PL

– Within the World – The World Within, Landskrona Art Gallery, Landskrona, SE
– Creative Way, BWA, Kielce, PL
– Urwisy, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Solvay, Kraków, PL
– Derealizm, Galeria Miejska, Wrocław, PL
– No Happy End, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, Legnica, PL (solo)
– Creative Way, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, Legnica, PL

– At the tip of the tongue, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Garden, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– Dirty hands, Wozownia, Toruń, PL
– Apoptoza, BWA Studio, Wrocław, PL
– Fox hole, BWA Studio, Wrocław, PL
– Abre alas, A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, BR

– Dark corner, EC Gallery, Chicago, US
– Exchange of gifts, Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, PL
– And now the bad news, Gallery U, Wrocław, PL

– Mind Games, Gallery Bestregarts, Frankfurt, DE
– Don’t even think about it, Leto Gallery, Warszawa, PL
– Dark Hole, BWA Karkonosze, Jelenia Gora, PL (solo)
– The head in bath, Ikona Gallery, Lodz, PL
– Dzika Banda, Magazyn Praga, Warsaw, PL
– Young Polish Paintings, Hugenottenhalle-Neu-Isenburg, DE

– Fractured Fairy Tales, LetoGallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Young Polish Paintings, Bestregarts, Frankfurt am Mein, DE
– Flowers on the attic, Geppert’s Apartment Gallery, Wroclaw, PL (solo)

– Oj!-say little bear, Art Agenda Nova, Krakow, PL (solo)
– Poison fruits, Moa, Poznan, PL (solo)
– Wonderland, Geppert Appartment, Wroclaw, PL (solo)
– Double Check, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, PL

– Quadro Art International Picture Biennale, Lodz, PL
– Edinburgh Art Festival, Art Space Gallery, UK

– Pro Figura, Rostock, DE
– Gardens, Painting Biennale, BWA Walbrzych, PL
– Promotions, BWA Legnica, PL

– Biennale Fisheye 3, Slupsk, PL

Scholarships & Residencies:

– Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage

– Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage

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