Tomek Baran (born 1985) is a graduate of the Painting Faculty at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow. He is a laureate of the Strabag Art Award and a finalist of both the Geppert Competition and the “Bielska Jesień” Painting Biennial.
In his paintings, he uses industrial materials, sprays and lacquers, creating monochrome surfaces which at the same time reflect and distort the reality. He turns images into objects by stretching canvases on curvilinear frames. He excludes any mimesis or reference to the outside world, making the pure, abstract form the centre of his interest.
His works were presented at the most important group exhibitions in Poland in recent years: “As You Can See. Polish Art Today” at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and “Pure Formality” at the Labirynt Gallery in Lublin. His top solo shows include “The Campaigne For Revaluating Abstraction” at F.A.I.T. Gallery in Cracow, “Inspiration” at MD_S Gallery in Wrocław, “Light/sensitive” at Bunkier Sztuki in Cracow, “Minus Painting” at Le Guern Gallery in Warsaw and “Spiegel Im Spiegel” at the Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka.