Grzegorz Gwiazda

/ Alexander Timofeev

Opening / 18.11. / 18.00-21-00

Exhibition / 18.11. - 21.01.

Benjamin Eck Projects

Müllerstraße 46a / München

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Vernissage November 18th

Müllerstrasse 46a

Alexander Timofeev combines his training in classical figurative painting with his love of noir comics, producing enigmatic, cinematic paintings that focus on fragmented scenes of seduction, betrayal, death, passion and addiction.

It is no coincidence that each composition is read as a single frame in a larger film, just before or after a dramatic and often eerie event. When working on a series, he begins by writing a screenplay, then assembles actors, costumes and props, and directs photoshoots of the scenes.

Based on the resulting photographs, Timofeev's painting ranges from tightly cropped images of a woman's nervously clenched hands, as in Have you done this before? I (2013) to unsettling scenarios of children interacting with seemingly malicious adults, as in Generation Game (2007), in which a naked boy plays chess with a formally dressed man.

Grzegorz Gwiazda was born in 1984, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and Warsaw and as a scholarship holder at the Accademia di Belle Arte di Brera in Milan. In 2009 he graduated summa cum laude from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

Since 2010 he has been teaching courses at M. Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. In 2014 he defended his doctoral thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, in 2019 he received his advanced doctoral degree. He has been installing at the Barcelona Academy of Art since 2015.

He received a grant from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for 2008/9 and a grant administered by Inicjatywa ENTRY. In 2010 and 2015 his works were awarded at the International Figurative Art Competition organized by the Fundació de les Arts e els Artistes.

In 2018 he was awarded the prize of the art magazine Arteon.
His works are in numerous collections, including the permanent collection of the Museum Europeu d'Art Modern in Barcelona.