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M-City

*1978 Gdynia

Mariusz Waras aka M-City ist ein Grafiker, Maler im Freien, Reisender, Amateur-Architekt. Absolvent der Fakultät für Grafik-Design an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Danzig, wo er derzeit Lehrbeauftragter Prof. Jerzy Ostrogorski Malerei-Studio ist. Der Autor des M-City-Projekts, was unter anderem mehrere hundert Wandmalereien beinhaltet. Seine Arbeit konzentriert sich auf den städtischen Raum. Die Wandmalereien von M-City sind in den Straßen von Warschau, Danzig, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bozen, London und Prag zu sehen. Aber nicht nur er stellt auch oft in Kunstgalerien aus, darunter Einzelausstellungen im Arsenal in Posen (2005) und das CSW Łaźnia in Danzig (2006). Er ist auch Kurator der Galerie 238×504 Horten in Gdynia sowie ein Archivar / Sammler der polnischen Straßenkunst. Freelance-Grafiker, in verschiedenen Wettbewerben häufig ausgezeichnet.

Ausstellungen

2014
PROJECT-M/3, Berlin, Germany
NUART Festival, Stavanger, Norway

2012
Back to School, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany

2011
The Undrebelly Project, Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA
The Power of Fantasy – Modern & Contemporary Art from Poland, Palais des Beaux- Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany
Linia frontu, Galeria A19, Stacja Metro Marymont, Warsaw, Poland
Traffic Gallery, Art Fair Cologne, Blooom, Cologne, Germany
Mamutt Project, MAMUTT Arte & Antique Toy Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2010
Brooklynite Gallery – New York
Pneumatic Objects, Biała Noc, Nowa Gazownia, Poznań, Poland
Urban Jungle, Itinerrance Gallery, Paris, France
M-City showcase, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Pneumatic Objects, Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland
Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Ploand

2009
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland
Urban art agenda # 3, Pine St Creative Centre, Sydney
IV festival de arte urbano, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

2008
Traffic Gallery – Bergamo, Italy
MANIFESTA 07, European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
NAMES festival, Prague, Czech
URBAN AFFAIRS, Berlin, Germany
Kosmopolite festival, Stencil History X show, Paris, France
THE CANS FESTIVAL, Stencil show, London, England

2006
Art Trial, Cork, Ireland
Viva La Muralists, Manchester, UK
Section! Ljubljana, Slovenia
18 Independent Art Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
CSW Łaźnia – Gdańsk

2005
The City Made Us Do This, Stuttgart, Germany
Street Art Installation, Culture Centre, Budapest, Hungary
K-Spray International Stencilling Tour, Tokyo, Seul, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taipei
Art & Business, Warsaw, Poland
Arsenal – Poznań, Poland

2004
Biozagrożenia (poster), honorary award, Warsaw, Poland

2003
Niepełnosprawność, first award, Warsaw, Poland
Rok ochrony własności przemysłowej, second award, Warsaw, Poland

2000
Festiwal Sztuki Internetu, Wrocław, Poland
Giełda papierów wartościowych, first award, Warsaw, Poland

Mariusz Waras aka M-City is a graphic artist, outdoor painter, traveller, amateur architect. Graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where he is currently assistant lecturer in Prof. Jerzy Ostrogórski’s painting studio. The author of the m-city project including several hundred murals. His work focuses on urban space. His murals may be seen in the streets of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bolzano, London and Prague, as well as in art galleries, including individual exhibitions at the Arsenal in Poznań (2005) and the CSW Łaźnia in Gdańsk (2006). He is also a curator of the 238×504 hoarding gallery in Gdynia as well as an archivist / collector of Polish street art. Freelance graphic artist, frequently awarded in various contests.

Street artist Mariusz Waras’ works are splayed across the facades of buildings in the streets of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta, Bolzano, London Zürich and Prague as part of the m-city project. His murals may also be seen in art galleries in Poland and abroad, such as The Power of Fantasy in Brussel’s BOZAR in 2011.

With urban landscapes as their main motif, m-city murals have a specific, recognisable style. Black and white Lego-like forms and shapes of modular, anonymous and similar houses stand in dense agglomerations portrayed from a distance. With the help of stencils, images of never ending cities are spray painted onto empty facades, bridge pillars, staircases, alleys, underground passages, metro stations. Art critic Bożena Czubak writes, “with its anarchistic stylistic and the inclusion of bottom-up initiatives, the m-city project rejects the utopian visions of the ideal perfectly planned city. […] It portrays the true face of cities – places of social and political conflicts.” The depicted agglomerations appears to be living organisms that are multiplying like bacterial binary fission. In certain murals, the dense agglomerations form an altogether different image: the shape of a bomb or the symbol of eternity.

Other themes often featuring in the murals are means of transportation – airplanes, trams, boats (Sopot, Praga), steamships, Zeppelins (Ljubljana), trains (Warsaw, Los Angeles) and flying saucer (Berlin); as well as cartoon characters. Mostly integrated with the surrounding architecture and the façade on which it is featured, the murals blend in to the urban landscape. But given the portrayal of the extreme form of urban life, they invite the viewer to re-question his perception of the surrounding.

Waras has transformed some of the images from his murals into three-dimensional objects. Factory is a 3D installation featuring an interface for interactive viewer involvement designed by experimental musician Krzysztof Topolski aka Arszyn, exhibited in 2009 at the CSW Znaki Czasu in Toruń. The big engine-driven 3D factory, that produces nothing and serves no purpose, is a comment on the foreseeable end of the need for human involvement in factory work.

Mariusz Waras’ evolving art work includes murals joining together pictures of industrial machinery with motifs from historical paintings, such as Last Movie, created in cooperation with the street artist Gionato Gesim aka Ozmo from Milan, exhibited in 2010 in Gdańsk. It integrates Ozmo’s reinterpretation of Michaelangelo’s Last Judgement, and Waras’ Waras’ image of a deconstructed machine creating a scene in which the heavenly judge is replaced by a machine-like figure reminiscent of a giant watch mechanism. From Culture PL

In 2008 he was invited by the famous English Stenciler Banksy at Cans Festival in London, and later that year included by the international street art expert Tristan Manco into the official list of the world’s most important artists of the stencil-graffiti scene.

Also in 2008 was the only writer to have been invited to MANIFESTA 7 – the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.

In 2009 he was included in a important publication curated by Magda Danysz “From Style Writing to Art”, and in another important book edited by Robert Klanten and Lucas Freiress “Beyond Architecture, imaginative buildings and fictional cities”. During February 2010 he was invited by the Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu for his first very big installation for a Museum.

M-City has a mathematical approach to the stencil through his depiction of the city and futuristic buildings, wich does not restrict his imagination and makes him one of the most talented stencil artists of his generation. The Polish muralist already painted many huge murals during his trip: airships, train engines, paddle steamers, all as powerful as if they were out of a Fritz Lang movie. by Pénélope Rivière

Selected Exhibitions

2012
Back to School, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany
NUART Festival, Stavanger, Norway

2011
The Undrebelly Project, Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA
The Power of Fantasy – Modern & Contemporary Art from Poland, Palais des Beaux- Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany
Linia frontu, Galeria A19, Stacja Metro Marymont, Warsaw, Poland
Traffic Gallery, Art Fair Cologne, Blooom, Cologne, Germany
Mamutt Project, MAMUTT Arte & Antique Toy Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2010
Brooklynite Gallery – New York
Pneumatic Objects, Biała Noc, Nowa Gazownia, Poznań, Poland
Urban Jungle, Itinerrance Gallery, Paris, France
M-City showcase, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Pneumatic Objects, Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland
Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Ploand

2009
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland
Urban art agenda # 3, Pine St Creative Centre, Sydney
IV festival de arte urbano, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

2008
Traffic Gallery – Bergamo, Italy
MANIFESTA 07, European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
NAMES festival, Prague, Czech
URBAN AFFAIRS, Berlin, Germany
Kosmopolite festival, Stencil History X show, Paris, France
THE CANS FESTIVAL, Stencil show, London, England

2006
Art Trial, Cork, Ireland
Viva La Muralists, Manchester, UK
Section! Ljubljana, Slovenia
18 Independent Art Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
CSW Łaźnia – Gdańsk

2005
The City Made Us Do This, Stuttgart, Germany
Street Art Installation, Culture Centre, Budapest, Hungary
K-Spray International Stencilling Tour, Tokyo, Seul, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taipei
Art & Business, Warsaw, Poland
Arsenal – Poznań, Poland

2004
Biozagrożenia (poster), honorary award, Warsaw, Poland

2003
Niepełnosprawność, first award, Warsaw, Poland
Rok ochrony własności przemysłowej, second award, Warsaw, Poland

2000
Festiwal Sztuki Internetu, Wrocław, Poland
Giełda papierów wartościowych, first award, Warsaw, Poland

Selected Bibliography (Source: Traffic Gallery)

2012

-Le Guide de l’Art Contemporain Urban 2012, pp. 9,128-129, Pyramyd Editions

– By Helga Marsala on ArtTribune.com, 27 Luglio 2012

– By Penelope Riviere on Graffiti Art Magazine # 14, p. 126

– By Samantha Longhi on STENCIL HISTORY X :
.stencilhistoryx.com/2012/02/12/indoor_m-city-in-wallflowers-carhartt-gallery/

-On Arte, Aprile 2012, p.136

2011

– Walls & Frames, Fine Art from the Street / by Maximiliano Ruiz – edited by Gestalten Publishing

– Graffiti and Street Art / by Anna Waclawek – edited by Thames & Hudson, world of art

– Art & Business NR 4 / 2011

– Outdoor Street Art & Graffiti on Graffiti Art Magazine # 12, p. 100

-On ArteeCritica, November-December 2011, p.17

2010

– By Matteo Bergamini on Juliet / n.148 June 2010, p. 47

2009

– From Style Writing to Art / by Magda Danysz pag. 367-369 – Drago

– Mural Art vol.2 Murals on Huge Public Surfaces around the World, p. 265 and cover

-Beyond architecture : imaginative buildings and fictional cities / edited by Robert
Klanten and Lukas Freiress pag. 111 – Thames & Hudson – english text

– Villes Imaginaires et Constructions Fictives / Sous la direction de Robert Klanten et
Lukas Feiress, p. 111, edited by Thames & Hudson – french + english text

– MiArt ArtNow 09 / catalogue aprile 2009 pag.313 – edited by skira

– V BAF 2009 / catalogue gennaio 2009 p. 222 – edited by vanilla edizioni

20 Street Artists for Green Day’s Album 21st Century Breakdown

2008

-Video Focus – Stencil Art, new pop in urban culture / on Undo.net :
.undo.net/it/videofocus/1223311404

– By O.C. on Interni / n.10 ottobre 2008 p. 137

– By Claudia Bernareggi on EspoArte / dic-gen 2008-2009 p. 90

– By Giovanni Cervi on PIG Magazine / n.63 giugno 2008 p. 34

-Stencil Nation : graffiti, community and art / by Russell Howze pp. 64-67, edited by Manic D Press

– By Rossella Moratto on Match Magazine / novembre 2008

– By Cristina Moretti on BeniCulturali.it / 22 ottobre 2008

– By Barbara Mazzoleni su L’Eco di Bergamo / 15 settembre 2008

– By J.F. Knospe on Inside Contemporary Culture Magazine / autunno 08 p. 154

– By Emanuela Lanfranco on Città dei Mille / ottobre-novembre 2008, pp. 20-21

– By Francesco Lamberini on L’ Eco di Bergamo / 22 settembre 2008 p. 25

2007

– By Samantha Longhi on STENCIL HISTORY X / pubblication – Francais & English Text

2006

– The Art of Rebellion 2 / by C100, pp. 136-137 – edited by C100 & Publikat

Grafik, malarz zewnętrzny, podróżnik, architekt amator. Absolwent Wydziału Grafiki Akademii Sztuk Pięknych wGdańsku, gdzie obecnie jest asystentem prof. zw. Jerzego Ostrogórskiego wpracowni malarstwa. Autor kilkuset murali wramach autorskiego projektu m-city. Głównym motywem wjego twórczości jest pejzaż miejski. Jego prace można zobaczyć między innymi wWarszawie, Gdańsku, Berlinie, Paryżu, Budapeszcie, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bolzano, Londynie, Pradze, atakże wgaleriach. Wwolnych chwilach jest kuratorem galerii billboardowej 238×504 wGdyni oraz archiwistą / kolekcjonerem polskiej sztuki ulicy. Zawodowo grafik – wolny strzelec, wielokrotnie nagradzany wkonkursach.

Selected Exhibitions

2012
Back to School, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany
NUART Festival, Stavanger, Norway

2011
The Undrebelly Project, Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA
The Power of Fantasy – Modern & Contemporary Art from Poland, Palais des Beaux- Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium
Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany
Linia frontu, Galeria A19, Stacja Metro Marymont, Warsaw, Poland
Traffic Gallery, Art Fair Cologne, Blooom, Cologne, Germany
Mamutt Project, MAMUTT Arte & Antique Toy Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

2010
Brooklynite Gallery – New York
Pneumatic Objects, Biała Noc, Nowa Gazownia, Poznań, Poland
Urban Jungle, Itinerrance Gallery, Paris, France
M-City showcase, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Pneumatic Objects, Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland
Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Ploand

2009
Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, Poland
Urban art agenda # 3, Pine St Creative Centre, Sydney
IV festival de arte urbano, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain

2008
Traffic Gallery – Bergamo, Italy
MANIFESTA 07, European Biennal of Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
NAMES festival, Prague, Czech
URBAN AFFAIRS, Berlin, Germany
Kosmopolite festival, Stencil History X show, Paris, France
THE CANS FESTIVAL, Stencil show, London, England

2006
Art Trial, Cork, Ireland
Viva La Muralists, Manchester, UK
Section! Ljubljana, Slovenia
18 Independent Art Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
CSW Łaźnia – Gdańsk

2005
The City Made Us Do This, Stuttgart, Germany
Street Art Installation, Culture Centre, Budapest, Hungary
K-Spray International Stencilling Tour, Tokyo, Seul, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taipei
Art & Business, Warsaw, Poland
Arsenal – Poznań, Poland

2004
Biozagrożenia (poster), honorary award, Warsaw, Poland

2003
Niepełnosprawność, first award, Warsaw, Poland
Rok ochrony własności przemysłowej, second award, Warsaw, Poland

2000
Festiwal Sztuki Internetu, Wrocław, Poland
Giełda papierów wartościowych, first award, Warsaw, Poland

Selected Bibliography (Source: Traffic Gallery)

2012

-Le Guide de l’Art Contemporain Urban 2012, pp. 9,128-129, Pyramyd Editions

– By Helga Marsala on ArtTribune.com, 27 Luglio 2012

– By Penelope Riviere on Graffiti Art Magazine # 14, p. 126

– By Samantha Longhi on STENCIL HISTORY X :
.stencilhistoryx.com/2012/02/12/indoor_m-city-in-wallflowers-carhartt-gallery/

-On Arte, Aprile 2012, p.136

2011

– Walls & Frames, Fine Art from the Street / by Maximiliano Ruiz – edited by Gestalten Publishing

– Graffiti and Street Art / by Anna Waclawek – edited by Thames & Hudson, world of art

– Art & Business NR 4 / 2011

– Outdoor Street Art & Graffiti on Graffiti Art Magazine # 12, p. 100

-On ArteeCritica, November-December 2011, p.17

2010

– By Matteo Bergamini on Juliet / n.148 June 2010, p. 47

2009

– From Style Writing to Art / by Magda Danysz pag. 367-369 – Drago

– Mural Art vol.2 Murals on Huge Public Surfaces around the World, p. 265 and cover

-Beyond architecture : imaginative buildings and fictional cities / edited by Robert
Klanten and Lukas Freiress pag. 111 – Thames & Hudson – english text

– Villes Imaginaires et Constructions Fictives / Sous la direction de Robert Klanten et
Lukas Feiress, p. 111, edited by Thames & Hudson – french + english text

– MiArt ArtNow 09 / catalogue aprile 2009 pag.313 – edited by skira

– V BAF 2009 / catalogue gennaio 2009 p. 222 – edited by vanilla edizioni

20 Street Artists for Green Day’s Album 21st Century Breakdown

2008

-Video Focus – Stencil Art, new pop in urban culture / on Undo.net :
.undo.net/it/videofocus/1223311404

– By O.C. on Interni / n.10 ottobre 2008 p. 137

– By Claudia Bernareggi on EspoArte / dic-gen 2008-2009 p. 90

– By Giovanni Cervi on PIG Magazine / n.63 giugno 2008 p. 34

-Stencil Nation : graffiti, community and art / by Russell Howze pp. 64-67, edited by Manic D Press

– By Rossella Moratto on Match Magazine / novembre 2008

– By Cristina Moretti on BeniCulturali.it / 22 ottobre 2008

– By Barbara Mazzoleni su L’Eco di Bergamo / 15 settembre 2008

– By J.F. Knospe on Inside Contemporary Culture Magazine / autunno 08 p. 154

– By Emanuela Lanfranco on Città dei Mille / ottobre-novembre 2008, pp. 20-21

– By Francesco Lamberini on L’ Eco di Bergamo / 22 settembre 2008 p. 25

2007

– By Samantha Longhi on STENCIL HISTORY X / pubblication – Francais & English Text

2006

– The Art of Rebellion 2 / by C100, pp. 136-137 – edited by C100 & Publikat


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