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 with a Minor in Photography from OCAD University in 2018.


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 a mode of being 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 my subconscious identity.

Working intuitively, I embrace a certain loss of control as the sensation of time and space dissolve; an escape of rational control into the subconscious. 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

Education:
2018      
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting Major, Photography Minor, OCADU University, Toronto, ON

2006       Diploma (Highest Honors, Sheridan Scholar), Police Foundations, Sheridan College, Brampton, ON

2003       Regional Arts Program, 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

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018       Moving Within While Looking Out, Beaver Hall Gallery, Toronto, ON

               Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, ON

               Upstart, The Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON

               GradEx 103, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

               The Dig Draw, OCAD University, Toronto, ON

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

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

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

               Sunnyside Juried Art Show, Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto, ON

2011       Doors Open, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

               Wine and Jazz, Sovereign House, Oakville, ON

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

Publications:

2018       Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz, Mississauga, ON, 13 Nov 2018. Print

2013      Breakfast Television, Live Interview with Dina Pugliese. City TV. Toronto, ON, 31 May 2013. Television

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

              Oakville Artists fall show and sale, “Oakville Beaver”, 25 September 2013. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/4121768-oakville-artists-fall-show-and-sale/>

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

               <https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/4040348-artist-kamil-swiatek-paints-in-front-of-an-audience/>

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

              <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/2902054-with-exhibit-kamil-swiatek-takes-item-off-bucket-list-/>             

2011      Kurek, Dominik, Doors Open in Town, “Oakville Beaver”, 22 September 2011. Web <https://www.insidehalton.com/whatson-story/2891218-doors-open-in-town/>

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

Grants:
2018       Artist Grant, Ada Slaight Fund, Toronto, ON

Collections:
Private Collections in Canada, United States and Europe

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