Bartosz Kokosiński

born in 1984

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow.
2009 – Diploma in painting in prof. Andrzej Bednarczyk’s studio.

Individual exhibitions:
– „W formie”, Muzeum Miejskie Sztygarka, Dąbrowa Górnicza, 2010 
– „Na początek-koniec”, wystawa indywidualna, Galeria Nova, Kraków, 2010 
– „Wstyd przed powtórzeniem”, wystawa indywidualna, Galeria Nova, Kraków, 2007

Group exhibitions:
– Pokonkursowa wystawa „20. OPMM PROMOCJE 2010”, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, 2010
– Wystawa pokonkursowa IV Ogólnopolskiego Konkursu na Obraz im. Mariana Michalika, Miejska Galeria Sztuki, Częstochowa, 2010
– „Projekt Silnia”, Galeria U, Wrocław, 2010
– Dawny zakład szklarski przy ul. Sarego, Kraków, 2010
– „Mistrz i uczniowie”, Tarnogórskie Centrum Kultury, Tarnowskie Góry, 2010
– „Nova Summer Show”, Galeria Nova, Kraków, 2009
– „306”, wystawa z Pracowni Malarstwa prof. Andrzeja Bednarczyka, galeria Floriańska 22, Kraków, 
– „Bestregarts Junge Kunst”, Frankfurt nad Menem, Niemcy
– „FRANKFURT-KRAKÓW/ LOOK AT ME/ BESTREGARTS/ FRANKFURT AM MAIN” – wystawa zbiorowa malarstwa, 2008 
– „Rybie Oko 5”,Galeria Kameralna, Słupsk, 2 odsłona w Galerii Klimy Bocheńskiej, Warszawa, 2008
– „Blankly, Perfect Summer”, VertexList, Nowy York, USA, 2008
– Udział w międzynarodowej wystawie sztuki młodych „Jeune Création Européenne”, Montrouge,
Francja, 2007
– „USTI DESIGN/NEIGHBOURS”, Usti nad Labem, Czechy, 2007

Scholarships, prizes:
– Nagroda Kwartalnika Artystycznego EXIT w konkursie „Promocje”, Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy, 2010
– Stypendium Naukowe Stołecznego Królewskiego Miasta Krakowa, 2010
– Stypendium Rady Miasta Dąbrowy Górniczej, 2001-2009
– Stypendium Ministra Kultury, 2002, 2007
– Wyróżnienie w konkursie na plakat na 100-lecie Towarzystwa Sportowego Wisła Kraków, Kraków, 2006
– Nagroda fundacji ELIZABETH GREENSHIELDS, Kanada, 2006
– Stypendium Prezesa Rady Ministrów 2002/2003


2002, 2007 – Ministry of Culture grant
Elizabet Greenshields Foundation grant (Canada)


Bartosz Kokosiński follows his artistic agenda in a multi-threaded, but not necessarily polyphonic way. It rather resembles a gradual metamorphosis, with reducing and rebuilding, yet not so much the narrative threads as the graphic forms. In the attached photographic documentation, the author presents several recent works. His first attempts to use the unconventional (i.e. bent) surfaces date back to his student years, when they had a slightly decorative, design character. In an exceptional, manually dexterous way, Kokosiński tried to reconcile the attractiveness of the object itself with the embedded “attractiveness” of the painting aspect based on figurative elements. The latest works show the young artist’s maturity and courage. He has given up mimetic presentations in favour of more metaphorical corporeality, which gives his objects-pictures an entirely new dimension. Kokosiński reflects on the phenomenon of visual imagery, more physically than speculatively, meditating at a certain distance from the material itself. He devastates canvas painting, deconstructs, overthrows and pushes it out, but all these gestures still entangle him in an unequivocal context. It must also be noted that his artistic imagination, concentrating mainly on objects (and to some extent video), is almost unlimited. Every single intuition, including those seemingly unfeasible, is thoroughly processed and results in a complete artifact shaped precisely the way the artist described earlier in an informal conversation. Kokosiński is extremely concentrated while working. It allows him to find difficult but fully convincing graphic solutions which, despite their roughness, remain visually alluring without falling into the “optical charade” trap. He is an artist whose skills, energy and imagination are seldom seen in one person. He could easily paint conventionally with equal success, or juggle various styles. However, he has chosen his own way without calculating whether it would pay off in terms of limelight publicity or not. I wholeheartedly recommend both the artist and his attitude.
Witold Stelmachniewicz

Bartosz Kokosiński, Picture Devouring Genre Scene from

Pictures Devouring Reality cycle, artist’s own technique, 145 x 147 x 43, 2010


Picture Devouring Genre Scene

Picture Devouring Genre Scene, detail

Picture Devouring Landscape from Pictures Devouring

Reality cycle, artist’s own technique, 140 x 130 x 40, 2011

Picture Devouring Home Scene from Pictures Devouring

Reality cycle, artist’s own technique, 127 x 110 x 45, 2011


Picture Devouring Home Scene

Picture Devouring Home Scene, detail

Painting model, artist’s own technique, 33 x 35 x 13, 2010

Painting model, artist’s own technique, 29 x 15 x 4, 2011