Radek Szlaga

Radek Szlaga was born in 1979 in Gliwice. Central to Szlaga’s work is an investigation of identity, and the boundary between its reality and simulation. His practice relies on both historical research and an introspective mining on his own memories and dreams. His principal media, painting , drawing, sculpture and installation, are customarily presented as an integrated body of work which establishes an associative interplay of mirroring and self-reference between the individual pieces. Szlaga describes his painterly approach as "a way of thinking" implying a constant re-thinking and "peeling off" of layers of tradition and history through the selective recycling of archived and found imagery, which he often literally "cuts and pastes" transferring fragments of one canvas onto another.  In May 2007, he and Wojciech Bąkowski, Tomasz Mróz, Konrad Smoleński, Piotr Bosacki, Magdalena Starska, and Izabela Tarasewicz founded the Penerstwo art group