b. 1979, lives and works in Warsaw, Poland and Detroit, USA
After finishing his studies at Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and receiving recognition for controversy surrounding his work ‘Bad Drawings,’ Szlaga earned consideration as one of the most sophisticated and potent Polish painters of his generation.
His work takes an exploratory and experimental approach to both American and Eastern European visual cultures, as well as his own subconscious. Central to his work is an investigation of identity, and the boundary between its reality and simulation. His practice relies on both historical research and an introspective mining on his own memories and dreams.
Szlaga describes his painterly approach as “a way of thinking” implying a constant re-thinking and “peeling off” of layers of tradition and history through the selective recycling of archived and found imagery, which he often literally “cuts and pastes” transferring fragments of one canvas onto another. His subtle manipulations of second hand and often iconic images, stemming from everything between rap culture and colonialism, address questions of public archives, memory and what it means to paint in this digital age.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Harlan Levey Projets, Brussels, Belgium, Laure Roynette Gallery, Paris, France, Trinosophes, Detroit , US, West Gallery, the Haag, Netherlands, Alexander Ochs Gallery Berlin, Germany and Beijing, China, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland .
Selected group exhibitions include: Performa 13, New York, US, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, Waterside Contemporary, London, UK.