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LUKASZ SKAPSKI (b. 1958) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow where he now teaches. He creates photography, painting, installations, and films. His work varies stylistically but its common feature is the artist's enormous interest in everyday reality and at the same time his distance from it, as well as a sense of humor often mixed with irony. Skapski mixes a minimalist approach to the medium with generalizations about concrete happenings or views. Lukasz Skapski is also a founding member of the AZORRO GROUP, well known in Poland and abroad for the playful mockery in their approach to art. He lives and works in Krakow.


His works has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, among them in Raster Gallery in Warsaw; SparwasserHQ in Berlin (2004); Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow; Paula Boettcher Gallery and Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin (2003); Museum of History of Photography in Krakow, CSW Laznia in Gdansk, Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok, Raster Gallery in Warsaw, Poland (2002); Atelier des Images et Arts Plastiques in Lille, France (2001); Globe Gallery in Newcastle, Peer in London (2000).


He has also participated in many group exhibitions, including those at the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The National Museum of Art in Osaka, Modern Art Museum in Nagasaki, Japan; College Art Association in Atlanta, GA, US; Centre for Contemporary Art "Zamek Ujazdowski" and Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, Arsenal in Bialystok, Poland (all in 2005); "New Video, New Europe" at The Renaissance Society in Chicago, IL, Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Tate Gallery in London, "Videozone" 2nd international video-art biennial in Tel Aviv, Israel; Kunstverein in Essen, Germany; Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France; Kiasma Museum in Helsinki, Finnalnd (2004); Prague Biennale 1 in Prague, Czech Republic; Museum Moderner Kunst, Ludwig Stiftung in Wien, Austria (with Azorro), Transmediale 03 in Berlin, Germany (2003).


Contact the artist at: lukasz@skapski.art.pl


EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

1977-82 Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland

1982-84 Scholarship of Ministry of Culture and Art, Poland

1985 Art Scholarship in the Artist's House, Boswill, Switzerland

1988 Guest artist of Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France

1989-91 Lived in Beijing, China

2001-02 Scholarship of Ministry of Culture, Poland

Since 2001 Member of Azorro group

Since 2002 Teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow

2002, 2004 Scholarship of Ministry of Culture, Poland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

2005 "In the center of attraction", Contemporary Art Centre Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa,

Poland (with Azorro)

2005 "Glances", Zacheta National Gallery, Warszawa, Poland, (with Azorro)

2005 "In the New Reality of Europe", Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, (with Azorro)

2005 The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, (with Azorro)

2005 Modern Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan, (with Azorro)

2005 5th Film Festival "Era - New Horizons", Cieszyn. Poland (with Azorro)

2005 "Boys", Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland

2005 "How to Talk About Modern Art?", Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland (with Azorro)

2005 XI International Media Art Biennial WRO 05, Wroclaw, Poland (with Azorro)

2005 "Koncert zyczen" CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, Poland (with Azorro)

2005 "Clubbing", CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, Poland (with Azorro)

2005 Czas Kultury, Poznan, Poland (with Azorro)

2005 College Art Association, Atlanta, GA, US

2004 "Artistic Strategies of Success", Conference, Academy for Cultural Education,

Wolfenbuettel, Germany (with Azorro)

2004 "Videozone" 2nd international video-art biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel (with Azorro)

2004 "Controll Image", Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland

2004 "Under the white-red flag. New Art From Poland" Modern Art Museum, Moscow, Russia

(with Azorro)

2004 Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany

2004 "Challenge", Synagouge - Centre of contemporary art, Trnava, Slovakia (with Azorro)

2004 "Far West, near East", Kunstverein, Essen, Germany (with Azorro)

2004 "New Video, New Europe." Tate Gallery, London, Great Britain (with Azorro)

2004 "New Video, New Europe." Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, US (with Azorro)

2004 "Four Roses", Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland (with Azorro)

2004 "Palimpsest", Lodz Biennial, Lodz, Poland (with Azorro)

2004 "BHP", Instytut Sztuki, Gdansk, Poland (with Azorro)

2004 Haus am Gern project, Praettigau, Switzerland (with Azorro)

2004 "Re:Location", "Shake Gdansk - Hamlet or (rather) Much noise about nothing?",

CSW Laznia, Gdansk, Poland (with Azorro)

2004 "Re:Location", "What's the purpose of Art?", Jan Koniarek Gallery, Trnava, Slovakia

(with Azorro)

2004 "Memoirs of a Time of Immaturity", Passage de Retz, Paris, France (with Azorro)

2004 "Passage d'Europe", Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France (with Azorro)

2004 "Boys and Girls", Galeria Zacheta, Warszawa, Poland (with Azorro)

2004 "New Video, New Europe." The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, US (with Azorro)

2004 "Observatory", Palais im Grossen Garten, Dresden, Germany (with Azorro)

2004 "Process", Kiasma Museum, Helsinki, Finnalnd (with Azorro)

2003 FONA Festival of New Art, Rijeka, Croatia (with Azorro)

2003 Prague Biennale 1, National Muzeum, Veletrzni Palac, Prague, Czech Republic

(with Azorro)

2003 "Video-Zone@Lx.PT", Sala Polivalente do Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigco, Fundacco Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

2003 "Public Rituals", Museum Moderner Kunst, Ludwig Stiftung, Wien, Austria (with Azorro)

2003 Transmediale 03, Berlin, Germany (with Azorro)

2002 "Way of Life", CSW Laznia, Gdansk, Poland

2002 "Video-Zone" 1st international video-art biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel (with Azorro)

2002 Polyphony of Voices conference, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 "Discourski", Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland

2002 Polish video / Project Space, Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria (with Azorro)

2002 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius, Lithuania (with Azorro)

2002 12 Film Festival, Cottbus, Germany (with Azorro)

2002 "Rowelucja", Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 "Let's Play", Polish video art, Instituto Tomie Othake, Sao Paulo, Brasil (with Azorro)

2002 "Magisters & Friends", Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 "Four rooms" Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 "Discourski", Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland

2002 "Around Decade"-Polish Photography of the 90s, Contemporary Art Museum, Lodz;

Galeria FF, Lodz; National Museum, Wroclaw; BWA Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2002 Novart, Kraków, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 "4 rooms" Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland (with Azorro)

2000 "Transparent Picture", Museum of History of Photography, Krakow, Poland

2000 "Multiples x4", Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2000 Intermedia 2000, Triskel Art Centre, Cork, Ireland

2000 "IFTHAT", with Lauri Astala Transplant/HEART, Tieteiden Talo, Helsinki, Finland /

Miasto Krakoff, Krakow, Poland

2000 "Via Lucem Continens", King's Wood, Challock, Kent, Great Britain

2000 "Utopia and Vision", Galeria Zacheta, Warszawa, Poland

1999 "Utopia and Vision", Contemporary Sculpture Museum, Oronsko, Poland


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

2006 ON Gallery, Poznan, Poland

2004 Raster Gallery/Luna Cinema, Warsaw, Poland (z Azorro)

2004 SparwasserHQ, Berlin, Germany (z Azorro)

2004 Galeria Priestor for Contemporary Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia (with Azorro)

2003 Trafo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary (with Azorro)

2003 Dom Umeni, Brno, Slovakia (with Azorro)

2003 "Everything has been done", Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (with Azorro)

2003 Paula Boettcher Gallery, Berlin, Germany (with Azorro)

2003 Deutscher Kunstlerbund, Berlin, Germany (with Azorro)

2002 Museum of History of Photography, Krakow, Poland

2002 CSW Laznia, Gdansk, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland (with Azorro)

2002 Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (with Azorro)

2001 Atelier des Images et Arts Plastiques, Lille, France

2000 Globe Gallery, Newcastle, Great Britain

2000 Peer, London, Great Britain

2000 Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Great Britain

2000 Gillingham Gallery, Gillingham, Great Britain

1999 Galeria Labirynt 2, BWA, Lublin, Poland

1999 Contemporary Sculpture Museum, Centrum Rzezby Polskiej, Oronsko, Poland


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS:

National Museum, Krakow, Poland

Znaki Czasu Foundation, Krakow, Poland

Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland

Museum of Photography, Krakow, Poland

Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland

Galeria Studio, Warszawa, Poland

Galeria Zderzak, Krakow, Poland

Upper Silesia Museum, Katowice, Poland

Galeria Kronika, Bytom, Poland

Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland

Dolnoslaska Zacheta, Zielona Gora, Poland

private collections, Poland
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