You were born in Poznan in 1983, and have lived and worked in both Berlin and Cape Town. How did you begin your career as an artist?
My art career formally began with an undergraduate programme in Communication Design in my home city of Berlin, followed by a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Design and Art ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland. The period after graduation was a very difficult time for me as the German culture puts great emphasis on a ‘real’ nine-to-five job, but I held onto my one persistent dream — to become a full time artist and to live as such. This only really began for me when I relocated to Cape Town and I shall be forever grateful to South Africa for allowing me to realise my dream.
Please tell us about the work that you produced for the FNB JoburgArtFair?
This series is a new body of work, consisting of aluminium sculptures and large scale paintings. With respect to the latter, I work in different types of frequencies, from low to high, and the paintings for the fair are from the high frequency mode. The sculptures are in monotone as their emphasis is on a multi-dimensional structure; nevertheless they conform to a similar aesthetic as the paintings. I have now lived in Cape Town for three years. It has a very different urban environment to Berlin. As a result, there is a more sensual mood in the new works.