Radek Szlaga (born 1979) is a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Poznań. He is one of the most popular and acclaimed Polish painters of the young generation and a co-founder of a legendary group of artists Penerstwo.
Szlaga’s canvases are thick visual palimpsests populated by characters known from the pop culture, movies, politics and history, which lets them revoke the distance between the traditional medium of painting and post-modern reality.
He is a laureate of “Kompas Młodej Sztuki”. He was nominated for “Polityka’s Passport” in the “Visual Arts” category. His works were displayed at many international art fairs, such as Frieze New York and Art Brussels.
His most important individual exhibitions were “Freedom Club” at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, “A Few Practical Ways To Prolong One’s Life” at the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw, “Limited Dictionary” at Trinosophes in Detroit, “The Heart” at Laure Roynette Gallery in Paris, “All The Brutes” at Harlan Levey Gallery in Brussels and at Leto Gallery in Warsaw. He also took part in noted group shows, such as “BRITISH BRITISH POLISH POLISH” at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, PERFORMA 13 Biennale in New York, „State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art Within a Global Circumstance” at the National Museum in Beijing, “Canibalism? On Appropriation In Art” at the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw and Werner Jerke’s collection show at Atlas Sztuki in Łódź.