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Paweł Orłowski

Pawel Orlowski (born 1975) – sculptor, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.

Graduate of Piotr Michałowski High School of Fine Arts in Rzeszów. He obtained his diploma at the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in the studio of Professor Józef Sękowski. He also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin under the direction of Prof. Karlheinz Biederbick.

The search for an original style began during his first international exhibitions in Berlin and Bonn in 1999. At that time he presented gypsum casts, as well as small bronze sculptures, which initiated his work with this material. Works depicting the human figure, also exhibited then in Germany, became the focus of his artistic interest. The language of transformation and transfiguration of the human body ultimately resulted in the elimination of realistic representations in favor of synthetic, cubic forms, a style recognizable to the artist.

Paweł Orłowski is a laureate of Polish and international awards and distinctions. He took part in more than 50 art projects, exhibitions and symposia around the world. His oeuvre is highly recognised by authorities in the art world. His “Intervention” project at the Sculpture Triennial in Poznań gained approval of Magdalena Abakanowicz, among others. Proofs of appreciation and much sympathy for his work have been expressed by people of culture and business, including Krzysztof Penderecki, Józef Szajna, and Wojciech Fibak.

As one of the few artists, he creates his projects on a small scale as well as in the form of large-sized sculptures. Among his most important recent works is a six-meter-high sculpture Alexander the Great, presented at a retrospective exhibition associated with the 20th anniversary of the his artistic activity at the Van Rij Gallery.

Paweł Orłowski is both engaged in didactic and scientific work. In 2018 he was received a postdoctoral degree in Visual Art Studies. He is associated with the Department of Visual Arts and leads the Sculpture Studio at the Department of Industrial Forms at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.

In his works, he attempts to confront the past in such a way as to create a contemporary meditative space on the subject of transience and the impact of time. The narrative aspect is increasingly noticeable in his works.

The collaboration with Van Rij Gallery has enabled the artist to present his artworks to a European audience.

Collaboration with:

– Van Rij Gallery

– Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków

– National Museum in Gdańsk

– Museum of Bolesław Biegas in Warsaw

– Museum of Technology in Košice

– Małopolska Art Garden

– Royal Castle in Poznan

– Orimari Foundation

– Eko-Art Silesia Foundation

– New Era Art Jan Potocki Foundation

– Consulate General of Germany in Krakow

– Bad Godesberg Science Centre in Bonn

– European Union House in Bratislava

– Polish Film Festival of Montreal

– Artutito Art Gallery

– 2021 FineArt Gallery USA

– Fibak Gallery

– The Oskar Schindler Factory

– Cellar under the Rams – (pl- Piwnica pod Baranami)


Art exhibitions and projects:

– Individual exhibition, ” The Past of the Future” chamber sculptures, at the Gallery of the Department of Sculpture of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, (2021);

– Individual exhibition, “The Past of the Future” at the Museum of the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, (2020);

– Retrospective exhibition, “Line and Plane” at the old porcelain manufactory Świt Ćmielów, Van Rij Gallery (2020);

– Individual exhibition, “Return of the King” in Hala Koszyki, Warsaw, with Artutito Art Gallery (2020);

– Sculpture, “The Creation of Adam” at the Hotel Fontaineblau in Miami, with 2021 Fine Art, USA (2019);

– Individual sculpture exhibition, 24th Silesian BCC Business Gala, Hunting Palace in Promnice (2019);

– “Dialogues” exhibition, Cracow Artistic Meetings in Cracow (2019);

– Individual sculpture exhibition, Wilkowice Manor with Artutito (2019);

– Sculpture “ORANGE” at Hala Koszyki in Warsaw, with Sarapata Art Gallery (2018);

– Palm Beach Design Showroom Art Fair in Miami thanks to 2021 Fine Art, USA (2018);

– Art Fair Palais des Festival in Cannes with Sarapata Art Gallery, France (2018);

– “Configurations” exhibition, Cracow Art Meetings, Cracow, Poland (2017);

– Exhibition “Transformation in the palace” courtyard of the Palace under the Rams in Krakow (2017);

– Individual exhibition, “Design a Art” Progress 14 in Warsaw (2017);

– Art Palm Beach International Art Fair in Palm Beach, USA (2017);

– Art Basel Week art fair in Miami SPECTRUM, USA with Rey Gallery (2016);

– “TRANSFORMATION” monumental realization in public space in Warsaw, Poland (2016);

– Individual exhibition, “PAWEŁ ORŁOWSKI” Museum of Bolesław Biegas in Warsaw (2016);

– Individual exhibition, “BOTY” Małopolski Ogród Sztuki in Cracow (2015);

– Exhibition, “Design and Art” National Museum in Gdansk- Department of Modern Art (2015);

– Exhibition “Sketches of artists from the circle of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow” Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (2015);

– Sculpture “EUROPA” in the permanent exhibition of the House of the European Union in Bratislava, Slovakia (2015);

– Metal Inspirations 2002/2014 exhibition – STM Museum of Transport in Bratislava, Slovakia (2014);

– Exhibition at EuroBLECH Hannover, Germany (2014);

– Exhibition at MODDOM art in Bratislava, Slovakia (2014);

– Exhibition of the team of the Department of Visual Arts, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (2014);

– Exhibition at the Museum of Technology in Košice, Slovakia (2014);

– Sculpture symposium “Metal Inspirations 2014” in Košice, Slovakia (2014);

– Exhibition “Silence” The Cellar under the Rams in Cracow (2013);

– Young Art Fair “Sztukobranie” Palace under the Rams in Cracow (2013);

– Exhibition ” Wiatrak Gallery” in Cracow (2013);

– Art Fair in Cracow (2013);

– Art Session sculpture symposium in Kraków (2011);

– Fibak Gallery exhibition (2010);

– Exhibition at SILESIA CITY CENTER KATOWICE (2010);

– Exhibition “Sculpture Park” Saska Kępa in Warsaw (2010);

– Exhibition “Cut-outs” Galeria Szyb Wilson in Katowice (2010);

– Józef Wieczorek Monument – reactivation, Janów- Nikiszowiec in Katowice (2010);

– Exhibition in cooperation with the German artists from the group “Querschlag” in Galeria Szyb Wilson, Katowice (2008);

– Exhibition during Walking Art Tour presenting Polish artists under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Warsaw (2007);

– KunStart 07 Art Fair in Bolzano, Italy (2007);

– Exhibition in the Galeria Szyb Wilson in Katowice (2006);

– Exhibition “Fe. Contact” exhibition in Oskar Schindler’s Factory in Cracow (2006);

– Sculpture Symposium “Fe. Contact” at the AGH University of Science and Technology ( Cracow 2006);

– Exhibition of Cracow artists at the General Consulate of Germany in Cracow (2006);

– Exhibition as part of the Paka Cabaret Art Festival in Świnoujście (2006);

– Sculpture Triennial at Zamek Centre in Poznań (2006);

– Exhibition Club M25 (Warsaw, 2006);

– “Intervention in Public Space” Castle Square (Warsaw, 2006);

– Sculpture Symposium Kleine Welt-Große Welt in Arnstadt, Germany (2004)

– Exhibition during Polish Film Festival in Montreal, Canada (2004);

– Exhibition at Modern Art Gallery, Myślenice (2004);

– Artistic Workshop at Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary (2003);

– Exhibition at U.S. Steel in Kosice (2003);

– Andy Warhol sculpture symposium in Košice, Slovakia (2003);

– Group exhibition in ZPAP Gallery in Sukiennice, Cracow (2002);

– Jubilee Exhibition of Prof. Józef Sękowski’s studio in the Palace of Art, Cracow (2002);

– Antiquarian and Contemporary Art Fair in Cracow (2001);

– Exhibition “Second Change” in the inactive mine “Wieczorek” in Katowice (2001);

– Exhibition Pierwalk in Chicago, USA (2001);

– Exhibition “Holland through Polish eyes” in the Lubomirski Palace in Warsaw (2000)

– Diploma 2000″ Exhibition at the Palace of Art in Cracow (2000)

– Antiquarian and Contemporary Art Fair in Cracow (2000);

– Wie Bitte” exhibition at Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, Germany (1999);

– Sculpture Exhibition “Grenzuberschreitungen” at the Science Center Bad Godesberg Bonn, Germany (1999);


Awards and distinctions:

– Socrates/Erasmus scholarship from Universität der Künste (Berlin, 1998-1999);

– Diploma with distinction from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of Prof. Józef Sękowski (Cracow, 2000);

– Award at the International Festival “Events” for the work “Seven Sins” (Tczew, 2000);

– Prize at the International Festival “Events” for the work “Masks” (Tczew, 2001);

– Grand Prix of the national competition “Art Dea 2003″ (Warsaw, 2003);

– Young Poland Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (Warsaw, 2005);

– Cracow City Creative Scholarship (2005);

– Erasmus Teaching Scholarship, Universität der Künste Berlin (2004-2009);

– Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow for achievements in artistic and pedagogical work (2014);

Paweł Orłowski

works by Paweł Orłowski

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