About artist

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Engaged in painting, printmaking and drawing, artist Jacek Sroka was born in Kraków in 1957. He studied in the Faculty of Printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, receiving his diploma in 1981 in Prof. Mieczysław Wejman’s Copperplate Engraving Studio, and holding the post of assistant in the Faculty of Printmaking at his alma mater between 1981 and 1988.

 

The artist has shown paintings and prints at 120 solo exhibitions (in, among other places, Kraków, Warsaw, Wrocław, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Maastricht, San Francisco, Vienna, Lyon, Curitiba and Beijing), as well as at several hundred group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. Retrospective exhibitions of his work have been mounted at the following museums: Musée des Beaux Arts, Chambéry, France,1995; Musée d’Ussel, France, 2005; National Museum in Kraków, 2008; Kunstverein Offenburg, Germany, 2008; National Museum in Przemyśl, 2011; Muzeum Ziemi Lubuskiej, Zielona Góra, 2011; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil, 2013; Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom, 2017.

 

Sroka’s works are to be found in museum collections in Poland (among others, the National Museum in Kraków, the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz, the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Radom, the Jagiellonian Library and the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences Print Collection) and abroad (among others, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna; the National Gallery of Art in Washington; the Musée Savoisien in Chambéry; the Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris; the Utsunomiya Museum of Art in Utsunomiya;  the Museu Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba and the Ningbo Art Museum in Ningbo).

 

The artist has received many awards including, among others, the Print Biennial in Mulhouse (1984), the International Miniature Art Exhibition in Toronto (1986), Graphica Atlantica in Reykjavik (1987), the Print Biennial in Vaasa (1987), the Grand Prix at the Print Biennial in Seoul (1988), and the International Print Triennial in Kraków (1994). He was nominated for Polityka magazine’s Passport award in 1996, and is a laureate of the Witold Wojtkiewicz Prize (2001); he has been decorated with the Bronze Gloria Artis Medal.

  • One Man Shows

    2013 "Observador diurno observador noturno. Gravuras de Jacek Sroka", Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil"   2012 "Jacek Sroka, Kilka obrazów", Space Gallery, Kraków 2011 "Kajakarki z Pińczowa. Obrazy 1987 - 2011", Galeria BWA, Kielce "Kostium kąpielowy z rytuałem masońskim", Galeria BWA, Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki, Gorzów Wielkopolski "Grafiki i rysunki", ...

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  • Bibliography - Books

    2011 Wielka Encyklopedia Malarstwa Polskiego ( słowo wstępne Jan K. Ostrowski ), Kraków, Wydawnictwo Kluszczyński, 2011 Sztuka Krakowa ( wstęp Jan K. Ostrowski ), Kraków Wydawnictwo Kluszczyński, ...

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  • Catalogs

    2010 Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, "Pokolenie' 80, Niezależna twórczość młodych w latach 1980 - 1989" ( wystawa grupowa ) Galeria Artemis, Kraków, "Interwencja sprzątaczki albo koniec malarstwa w dziewieciu obrazach, ...

  • Public Collections

    Muzeum Narodowe, Kraków Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa, Kraków Zbiory Graficzne PAU, Kraków Biblioteka Jagiellońska, Kraków Muzeum Okręgowe im. L.Wyczółkowskiego, Bydgoszcz Muzeum Miasta Jaworzna,...

  • Cycles of Paintings and Prints

    1981 - 1990 1. " Młot na czarownice " ( cykl malarski i graficzny ) , " Hammer Against the Witches " ( paintings and prints ), 2. " Głowy " ( cykl rysunków ) " Heads " ( drawings ) 3. " Trzynasty dwunasty " ( cykl rysunków ) " Thirteen of December "  ...

  • Press

    2007 Badische Zeitung – (.. ) 09.2007 - Kunst: „Jacek Sroka“, Sudbaden, Niemcy Pforzheimer Zeitung - 17.09.2007 - R.Uhlig – „Provozierende Komposition“, Pforzheim, Niemcy INform -10.2007 - ( vinc ) – „Allzu „menschlich“,...“

  • An Interview with Jacek Sroka

    Exhibition Catalog, National Museum, Kraków

    You were born in 1957, in Cracow. This is where you grew up and where you still live today. How about your parents? Where do they come from; do they paint as well?

  • TV programs

    1.”Positionen Polen”, realizacja Ireneusz Paczkowski, TVP Szczecin, 1991 2. „Jacek Sroka”, realizacja Beata Matkowska –Święs, TV Polonia, 1994 3.”Ekspresjonizm – postawa twórcza”, realizacja Beata Matkowska – Święs, Monika Skwirtniańska, TVP Kraków, 1994 4.”Album Sztuki Krakowskiej – z Jackiem Sroką rozmawia Krystyna Czerni”, realizacja Andrzej Kornecki, TVP Kraków, 1995

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