Mateusz Sarzynski (Biłgoraj, 1990) graduated from the Architecture Department of the Cracow University of Technology and then in graphic design from the University of Fine Arts, also in Cracow. During his artistic career, he has worked in a variety of media, including painting, tattooing, and graphic design.
The artist, who tries to send a message that is as direct and accessible as possible, nonetheless encourages the debate that can arise from political sub-meanings, dark images and the cultural background of the observer. Or, as he says of himself: “I am just a Polish guy trying to have fun with painting. It is easy for me to hide my intentions behind a known images that may at first glance seem obvious, but might be something more than that”.
Distancing himself from the pretense of a political narrative, at times so radical and barely superficial, the eye is guided by iconographies present basically in each of our cultural baggage. Characters taken from video games, cartoons, memes, or famous paintings populate scenes that also recall Brutalist architecture, all appreciated for their honesty and simplicity.
In his creative process, images are created as in a game of logic, in perfect balance between thought and emotion. The candor that distinguishes Sarzynski's creations can also be seen in his gestures: in the pursuit of straightforwardness, details that could be considered imperfect such as dripping color, here come alive with earnestness.