Anna K by andrzej michael karwacki

andrzej michael karwacki

Berkeley, CA - United States


Born in Poland, in the historic town of Brzeg, Andrzej grew up during the years of political oppression
and era of communist Poland. There he attended the School for the Arts and Literature.
Unconsciously, these primary years were the platform for a deep attraction towards peace, poetry
and art as a form of creative preservation.
In 1984, Andrzej moved to New York and continued his education at the School for the Arts at
Jersey City State University. While he was earning his a BFA in painting, Andrzej had the opportunity
to explore everything from sculpture to printmaking, drawings to graphic art. These years were
pivotal processing years. At the end of the 5-year BFA program, Andrzej earned a Master's Degree
and Honorary Award in Urban and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in
the field of Urban Architecture in 1994. Architectural design taught him to observe and imitate
nature through new media. The rigorous nature of the field transformed Andrzej’s creative
approach away from objectifying the world and towards autonomy through painting.
After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994, Andrzej's artistic direction began to take
shape after integrating Eastern spirituality into his artwork. For him, Eastern Spirituality and forms of
Zen, mediation and Buddhism was closer to seeing world as beautiful rather than violent as he has
in his early years. Andrzej's artistic philosophy led him to resume his academic work at the California
Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco where, in 2011, he received a Masters in Integral
Psychology and a certification in Expressive Art Therapy.
While Andrzej’s current studio is based in Berkeley, his paintings are currently exhibited Los Angeles,
the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Boston, Paris, London and Hong Kong. His
work is in private collections throughout the United States.

Artist statement

My artistic direction began to take shape after integrating Eastern spirituality into my artwork. My recent paintings have become Cosmo- centric seeing man and art as an integral part of nature. These concepts are based on Buddhist philosophy and works, with an intention of equanimity that is neither a thought nor an emotion. In Buddhism, equanimity (upekkhā, upekṣhā) is one of the four
immeasurables and is considered the steady conscious realization of reality's transience. While some may think of equanimity as dry neutrality or cool aloofness, mature equanimity produces a radiance and warmth of being.

There is a push and pull that develops in my paintings, one color at a time. Each step is an inspiration for the next. My composition develops freely allowing my paintings to form from the depths of the creative process. The essence of each work carries its own unique direction. While they are often identified as Abstract paintings, I see them less as abstractions but more as connections. Each stroke builds upon the other producing a radiance and warmth of being. The layers of each work suggest a complex interconnectivity of man’s own marking with nature. With this approach, a unique network of color and organic lines develop a contemporary language defining the nature of man’s own being.

In my current series of paintings, I have literally reconstructed my paintings to embrace the underlying order and harmonic balance that supports the organic and at times chaotic nature of life. The style is created by the application of paint with a palette knife to thin wooden boards, which are consequently cut up into strips and collaged together in a different order thereby creating more graffiti like painting landscape.

Local shows

Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion
October 24th & 25th, 2015

solo exhibition ‘POP IN FOR SOME POP ART’
61 Queenstown Road, London SW8 3RG

Current Abstracts
1200 Washington Street, Boston, MA

Current Abstracts
73 25th Street, Oakland, CA

Current Abstracts
Mill Valley, CA
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