Radek Szlaga


Radek Szlaga (b. 1979, Poland) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. After finishing his studies at the University of Fine Arts (UAP) in Poznań, 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. 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. Solo exhibitions include Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, (Warsaw, PL), Museum Jerke (Recklinghausen, DE), Pioneer Works (New York, US), LETO (Warsaw, PL),  Laure Roynette Gallery (Paris, FR) and Harlan Levey Projets (Brussels, BE).