Olaf Brzeski (born 1975) is a graduate of the Sculpture Faculty at the Fine Arts Academy in Wrocław. He works in sculpture, installation, video and drawing. His main topic is the human figure – in its physical, psychological and emotional dimension. In presenting the figure, Brzeski does not avoid oddity, he includes scale disorders, deformation, cracks and unusual materials, such as latex or porcelain.
In 2009, he was nominated for the “Views” Deutsche Bank Foundation Prize; in 2013 – for “Paszport Polityki” in the “Visual Arts” category.
The same year, the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw organized Brzeski’s retrospective exhibition – “Self-seeker”. The aim of the show was to link two main threads of artist’s work: fascination with nightmares and aggression as well as exploration of the sculptural method and matter.
“Self-seeker” resulted in calling Brzeski one of the greatest Polish artists of the young generation and exhibiting his works in a number of group shows (i.a. “The State Of Life. Polish Contemporary Art Within A Global Circumstance” at the National Museum in Beijing and “Procedures for the Head. Polish Art Today” at Kunsthalle in Bratislava) as well as in solo exhibitions, such as “Half” at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, “Tender Look” at the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin and “Megalomania” at the Raster Gallery in Warsaw.