Artist Biography

Kamil Swiatek is a cross-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario. Swiatek explores the theme of identity through the subconscious mind as an internal landscape. Painting, photography, poetry, film and sculpture help him understand and examine the inner workings of identity. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University in 2018 from OCAD University.


Artist Statement

I explore the spontaneity, movement and transcendence of now, capturing the subconscious, and the moment it engulfs. This state of flow involves a high degree of attention to reach an independent reality free from consciousness. As the sensory processes are heightened and intensified, I’m absorbed into a meditative state. A tranquil stillness emerges and I’m able to delve below the surface of awareness, into an uncharted environment of identity. An escape of rational control into the subconscious, expressed through colour and movement.

Working intuitively, I embrace a certain loss of control as the sensation of time and space dissolve. This metamorphosis into the depths of identity is communicated by representing an internal landscape of colours, mark making, textures and use of light. Using a combination of thick and thin applications of paint to build up layers, tension is formed in the composition. These sets of layers conceal and explore what we see and what we don’t see; not just on the surface, but of our own internal landscape of identity.


Curriculum Vitae

Art Education
2018 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting Major, Photography Minor, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, ON

2003 Visual Art Major, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Mississauga, ON


Solo Exhibitions

2013 Movement In The Right Direction, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

2012 Tactile Quality, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

2012 Footsteps, Season’s Restaurant, Oakville, ON


Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 GradEx 103, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2018 The Dig Draw, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2015 The Billion Dollar War Show, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015 Super Naughty Show, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014 Coffee Jitters/Warm Vision, with Lisaura Lobo, CJ’s Bronte Café, Oakville, ON

2013 Oakville Artists Fall Show, The Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville, ON

2013 Sunnyside Juried Art Show, Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto, ON

2011 Doors Open, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

2011 Wine and Jazz, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

2011 Visual Arts of Mississauga Juried Art Show, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON


Publications

2016 Working Memory. “Window” (70-71). McLean Foundation Award, 2016. Print


Grants

2018 Artist Grant, Ada Slaight Fund, Toronto, ON


Radio/Television

2013 Dina Pugliese, Live Interview, Breakfast Television, Toronto, ON, 31 May 2013


News Print Articles

2013 Oakville Artists fall show and sale, “Oakville Beaver”, 25 September 2013

2013 Artist Kamil Swiatek paints in front of an audience, “Oakville Beaver”, 21 August 2013

2012 With Exhibit, Kamil Swiatek takes item off Bucket List, “Oakville Beaver”, 10 July 2012

2011 Kurek, Dominik, Doors Open in Town, “Oakville Beaver”, 22 September 2011


Print Media

2013 The Kiss, Scott E. Blumenthal, Loose Leaves Publishing (front cover)


Collections

Private Collections in Canada, United States and Europe