STAND gallery, Düsseldorf
The Stand Gallery Düsseldorf is pleased to show the works by Kamil Kukla at VOLTA14.
Kamil Kukla was born in Tarnow, a medium-sized city on the south of Poland, in 1989. Between 2008-2013 he studied at the Faculty of Graphic, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. After graduation he started focusing on two main activities: painting and experimental music. This led him to different creative areas and disciplines which he often tries to juxtapose. Although his paintings are described as abstract, they're strongly connected to figurative art. He draws upon old masters, especially those from the baroque era. Echoes of still lifes by Frans Snyders or François Boucher's nudes can be found, even though their works have been deconstructed and used as source material in a kind of 'recycling process'. His references, however, are not limited to the baroque, and we can often witness a shift from flemish painting to Zdenek Burian's paleontological reconstructions or even to smooth and tasty digital art –found on the Internet and created most likely by anonymous artists. This blend of influences leads Kukla to a very personal and original visual imagery, one which trascends a specific genre and defines him as one of the most captivating talents of his generation. Kamil Kukla's works are part of the collection of the National Museum in Gdańsk and MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow as well as many private collections across Europe. He lives and works in Krakow, Poland.