Mark

Joke

I am half illustrator / half banana.


Honestly

I am a Nuclear Power Engineer who became an Art Director, Illustrator, Godfather, Artist, This Description Writer, Gladiator, Graphic Designer, Philosopher, Cosmonaut, Recyclable Dreamer & other words to make this line a little bit longer...


Why?

I adore to tell stories, catch feelings, make connections, encourage reflection. (And eat pizza). And I love to communicate visually with people, whom (probably)
I will never see in my life.


Moreover, I have understood that creativity — the cheapest and the most powerful weapon / magic wand / instrument (ok, hope is free, but anyway) that I’ve ever known, and, in some way, creativity can change this world both locally and globally.


How?

My visual communication is based on a double meaning, symbolic and playful language, that is like music — does not need a translation.
Sometimes, it should be both the ‘❗️’ and the ‘❓’ at the same time, catching the attention and provoking a question “What is this about?”, like posters do. Or it should complement the context, making information more memorable, like editorial illustrations do. It depends on what we do, and together we are able to do everything.


In addition, I try to follow the principle voiced by Anthony Burrill: 'Work hard and be nice to people'.




Exhibitions


➖ ‘Generation 2.0’, ISW UJK, Kielce, Poland [2021]

➖ ‘WIA’, Somerset House, London, UK [2019]
➖ ‘Biennial of Poster Bolivia’, La Paz, Bolivia [2019]
➖ ‘Solo Exhibition #1’, G8, Warsaw, Poland [2019]

➖ ‘Hennessy Very Special WKND’, Warsaw, Poland [2019]
➖ ‘Cyprus Poster Triennial’, [2019]

➖ ‘K MAG Talent Show’, Warsaw, Poland [2019]

➖ ‘New Polish Poster Exhibition’, Glasgow, United Kingdom [2019]
➖ ‘Project: Now!’, Minsk, Belarus [2019]
➖ ‘MUST SEE’, Warsaw, Poland [2019]
➖ 'Person City' / La Nave, Madrid, Spain [2018]
➖ 16th International Theatre Poster Biennale, Rzeszów, Poland [2018]
➖ 10th Trnava Poster Triennial, Slovakia [2018]
➖ Targi Plakatu, Warsaw, Poland [2016] / [2018] / [2019]
➖ 'ART.WHO.ART', Moscow, Russia [2015] / [2016]
➖ Museum of Outstanding Design, Como, Italy [2016]
➖ Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, Netherlands [2016] 
➖ Grand Design Exhibition in Bologna Design Week, Italy [2016] 
➖ Peacock Rubi Festival, Barcelona, Spain [2016]
     ...

Awards 


➖ Communication Arts 2021 Illustration Competition
     [Finalist in the Editorial Illusration Category]

➖ Communication Arts 2020 Illustration Competition
     [Finalist in the Editorial Illusration Category]

🏅 World Illustration Awards 2019 
    [Professional, Experimental Category]

➖ Communication Arts 2019 Illustration Competition
    [Finalist in the Books and Advertising Categories]

🏆 Ukrainian Design: the Very Best of 2018
    [Book Design and Illustration Category]
➖ Antalis Design Awards 2017
    [Finalist in the Notebook Cover Design Category]
🏆 A'Design Award 2016
    [Graphics and Visual Communication Design Category]
🏅 One Minute Briefs Winner 


⅋ Fails

«The greatest teacher failure is». – Master Yoda.


So many failures have been in my life and I hope that there will be more. 
And if you read this – it means they did not break me, but only taught something.




Interviews


‘Say Hello From Your Studio’ / Contemporary Lynx Magazine / [ENG]

‘W Czasie Wolnym’ / K MAG / [PL] 

‘You Wanted A List’ / [ENG]





What else?


● Currently based in Warsaw, but going to live in Barcelona and die in New York.
In art, I like to make (sense:) performances and installations close to conceptualism, highlighting some important social problems.
I want to become a Film Director and an Art Director of an outstanding magazine in the future. Also, I want to create some extraordinary designs of storefronts.
I love the movies of Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino, but, as a Film Director, I would be influenced mostly by Martin McDonagh and Woody Allen.
I love bookstores as a source of inspiration.
⅋ I do research on Lateral Thinking: where do ideas come from, how to develop the ability to think out of the box, how to apply creativity in solving problems, etc.
In my free time (does it even exist or should I call it a ‘unicorn’?:) I like to play chess ♟︎.
Sometimes it seems to me that the only thing I do best is not getting enough sleep. But only sometimes.
Big Brother is not my brother at all. 
My heroes are: Javier Jaen, Jessica Walsh, Dawid Ryski, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Storm Thorgerson, Rafał Olbiński, Ai Weiwei, Rene Magritte, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Phil Knight, Banksy, Quentin Tarantino, my parents, Patryk Hardziej, Garry Kasparov, Salvador Dali, Andrei Juc, Kendrick Lamar, Dmitry Kachmar, Maria Abramović, Matt Chase, Ben Zank, Roger Federer, Pieter Brueghel, Batman, Christoph Niemann, Martin McDonagh, Oxxxymiron, The little Prince and Itisan Endlesslist.



Mark
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