B. 1974 in Wadowice, Poland, lives and works in Krakow, PL
Rafal Bujnowski is a painter, graphic designer, videographer, installation artist and creator of happenings that play with everyday objects and themes. His works are a blend of two seemingly remote artistic disciplines – painting and conceptual art. The theme of Bujnowski’s successive projects are the conventions linked to the social functioning of the artist and the works of art, as well as the conventions present in the art itself. Bujnowski’s paintings are an example of fully aware conceptual painting – his objects, disclosing and changing meaning depending on the surrounding in which they are placed, are peculiar models of an artwork. They reveal a tension between the process of artistic production and consumption.
Bujnowski first studied architecture at the Krakow University of Technology (1993–1995), and then moved on to graphic design at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts (1995–2000). From 1995 to 2001 he was a member of the Grupa Ładnie collective, along with Marek Firek, Marcin Maciejowski, Wilhelm Sasnal and Józef 'Kurosawa' Tomczyk. Between 1998 and 2001 Bujnowski headed up a project called Galeria Otwarta in Krakow, an exhibition space that generally consisted of two, maximum four, billboards set up in the city centre.
May 2066. Tondo 4, 2016
Oil on canvas
ø 100 cm
Bujnowski has participated in numerous international exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include Zacheta—National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Polan (2016), Gdansk City Gallery 2, Gdansk, Poland (2014), Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, Austria (2011), Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2006), or Kunstverein Duesseldorf, Germany (2005). He has been in group exhibitions at institutions such as Fundacja Stefana Gierowskiego, Warsaw, Poland (2017), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 16th International
Vilnius Painting Triennial, MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy (2016), National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland (2014, 2013), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2011), MUMOK, Vienna, Austria; Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2010), Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2008), and National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia (2004).