Agata Kus

Born in 1987 - Poland

BIOGRAPHY

Agata Kus (PL), born 1987 in Krosno. Graduate and doctoral (PhD) student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (MFA in Leszek Misiak’s studio, 2012). She works as an assistant at Paulina Olowska’s private studio.

She mostly works with painting, drawing and video. The laureate and the finalist of many awards and scholarships, among others: WRO 2015 Award at the WRO Media Art Biennale Test Exposure, Grand Prix in "Fresh Blood" Young Art Review. Her works are part of many private and museums collections (Museum of Contemporary Art In Kraków, WRO Center, Wroclaw) and were shown during many exhibitions and fairs in Poland and abroad (France, Austria).

In her paintings, Agata Kus tries to use many different techniques and forms, experimenting with technology and tools. She builds paintings from scraps, links pictures, topics and contexts, trying to find new values. Like in a collage technique, some of painted areas are often cut off, ended up with sharp edges, painted separately or on different layers.

The artist uses a wide range of means of expression, from realistic, figurative way of painting, to experiments with unusual materials (tape, layers of foil, burned cigarettes holes). She also uses a repetition of certain characteristic elements which she finds important or with a special meaning (fox fur, recognizable characters, specific forms, shapes or words, similar way of putting paint). In her series of paintings named Ashtrays, she burns painting's surface with cigarettes, hurting her painted characters, making those young girls and boys cry with flaming tears. She focuses on the dark side of relationships, mental injuries, wounds, depression, self-destruction, the death drive. Made in different media, all works connect some kind of silent protest, mystery, longing or desire.

Apart from her own materials, she uses found footages. Inspired not only by pictures, chosen film stills, newspaper clippings, archival photographs, but also stories and poetic texts, her pieces are sometimes enriched by adding the ironic text, blured on the wet paint.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
MO Young disgusting and, Krakow Gallery, Krakow
WARNING BAD BITCH, beautiful dog, Krakow

2013
Vorsicht Bissig Hündin" Sandhofer Galleries, Salzburg, Australia
2010Hidden, Centre d’art moderne de Slovaquie, Modern Art Centre Solvay, Krakow

2009
Agata Kus – Painting, Piwnica PodCieniami Gallery, Krosno


GROUP

2014
"Description" WRO Art Center, DH RENOMA, Wroclaw,
"She", Gallery MS44 Island, Swinoujscie
"Habitat", Gallery MS44 Island, Swinoujscie, FAMA Festival
"Blackbox" Nasty Alice Gallery, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"Extremes", the Festival of Inspiration, China
"Sex" Nasty Alice galleries, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"Kunst Rai Editie 30", Amsterdam Rai, Amsterdam Art Fair
"The opening of the Gallery and!", Gallery and !, Krakow
"It is better to have a narrow horizon ...", Gallery Bumper
"Pioneering Values WRO on Tour"
Kinolab, CCA, Warsaw
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Cracow
"Forefathers" Polish Theatre in Wroclaw
"Painting a universal language" DAP2 Gallery, Warsaw and the Centre L. Zemenhofa, Bialystok

2013
Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark
Muzaplus, Tel Aviv
Gallery Lipowa 13, Lublin
Coach house, Torun
ArtLoop Festival, Sopot
ArtNastup Festival, Lviv
Lucania Film Festival, Pisticci, Italy, 2013"Dyplom- beginning of the road", Prism Gallery, Krakow
Young Art III Fresh blood, Gallery Socato, Wroclaw
"Perfectionists" contest exhibition, Modessque, Cane Factory, Warsaw
I Wish You A Brave New World, Festival FAMA, Swinoujscie
9 Triennial of Small Painting Forms, Gallery Wozownia, Torun
Rings of Saturn, Bellestremów Palace, 15th WRO Biennale MEDIA ART Pioneering Values, Wroclaw
DDessin, Atelier Richelieu, Paris
Fish Saw, Kuku Kuku Group, Bumper Gallery, Krakow
Living In The iWorld, PLASTIC, exhibition in the virtual space

2012
Es War Einmal Wolfin Eine Bose, Galerie Sandhofer, Innsbruck, Austria
Best Diplomas 2012, Arts Palace, Krakow
NO LOGO, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow
Die Mannschaft. 11 Künstler ans Krakau in wechselnden Positionen, Galeria Konsulart, German Consulate in Krakow
Die Mannschaft. 11 Künstler ans Krakau in wechselnden Positionen, Krakauer Haus, Nürnberg
The Work – Winners Exhibition, Galeria Promocyjna, Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków

2011
Liquid Woman, Kuku Kuku group, Cellar Gallery, Kraków
In These Beautiful Natural Setting”, Kuku Kuku group, ?winouj?cie
Nurse, a Bed- Pan, Please, FAMA Festiwal, Hala Basenu Pó?nocnego, Swinoujscie
The Ice Queen, Zderzak Gallery, Kraków
Hestia Artistic Journey – Exhibition Of The Finalists, Sopot National Gallery, Sopot
Award Of The Vordemberge – Gildewart Foundation Post-Competition Exhibition, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Really Bad Wolf, Art Agenda Nova, Kraków
FID 2011 – International Drawing Fair- Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France,
About Strange Feelings, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow
Rhythms And Rituals, Museum of Modern Art, Radom

2010
Ethnography, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow
My Space, ”Florianska 22 Gallery”, Krakow
Is It Any Story Here?, Lamelli Gallery, Krakow

2009
Dialogue With Zbylut Grzywacz’s Works, National Museum, Krakow
Taste Of Food, Farina, Krakow
Leszek Misiak’s Students Exhibition, German Consulate in Krakow


AWARDS

2014
Neptune's trident for the best artistic event FAMA festival for authors exhibition « Habitat"
Award of the City Art Centre New Image Competition, Pozna?

2013
Grand Prix III Art Review Young Fresh Blood, Wroclaw
Second Prize in Painting Competition Ogólnoposkim - Painting a universal language, Warsaw
Finalist II Online Art Biennale of Young Polish Dyplom- Way Home, Cracow
Fama winner of the Festival in the category of Visual Arts, Swinoujscie

2011
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship
Jan Matejko Creative Scholarship in the Discipline Of Fine Arts
Sapere Auso Foundation of Malopolska Scholarship
Honorable Mention for the FAMA Arts Festival, Swinoujscie
Award in the competition The Work, ASP Kraków
Finalist of the Hestia Artistic Journey, Sopot
Finalist of the Vordemberge – Gildewart Foundation Award , MOCAK Krakow
Finalist for the recruitment contest and participation in FID – International Fair drawing, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
The organizer of the Rhythms And Rituals exhibition award in I Confrontation of ArtistsFaculties of Universities
President of Radom’s Award for the artistic achievement in Rhythms And Rituals exhibition

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