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Biography

Mariusz Waras was born in 1978 in Gdynia (Poland). In 2004, he graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where he worked as a teaching assistant at prof. Jerzy Ostrogórski’s studio (2008-2014). For three years, he run the Graphic Design Workshop at the Department of Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. In 2013, he obtained his PhD at the Department of Painting of the Gdańsk Academy. Since 2014, he has been working as a teaching assistant at prof. Henryk Cześnik’s Painting Workshop. Since 2015, he runs the Street Art Studio at the Faculty of Painting and New Media at the Academy of Art in Szczecin.

He is a street artist, graphic designer, and illustrator who makes use of stencils. He builds art installations, curates exhibitions and travels the world. He is the author of the m-city project that encompasses hundreds of murals. His works have been featured in the number of group and solo art shows hosted in Poland and abroad. He is the chief curator of the 238×504 Hoarding Gallery in Gdynia, as well as one of the three curators of the exhibition series about street art in Poland. His fascination with a city and urban initiative is clearly evident in his works that include both smaller posters and large-scale murals over hundreds square meters.

Exhibitions

2015

–        City Art Project, Kiev, Ukraine

–        O. Bra Festival, São Paulo, Brazil

–        Terapia de corte, Bogotá, Colombia

–        Graphic Design Festival, Breda, Netherlands

–        WEAArt, Aalborg, Denmark

–        PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland

–        X SCABB Festival, Turek, Poland

–        UpNorth, Sulitjelma, Norway

–        Outline Festival, Moscow, Russia

–        Mazovia Polferries’ Ship, Szczecin, Poland

–        Biennale Internationale d’Art Mural, Collectif Renart, Lille, France

–        Absolwent (the Graduate), Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Krokodyle (Crocodiles), Do Dzieła! Foundation, Warsaw, Poland

–        IKEA, Berlin, Germany

–        Lecco Street View: street Art Festival, Lecco, Italy

–        Cut it out, Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany

 

2014

–        PGE Arena, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Open Walls, Barcelona, Spain

–        Nuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway

–        Vilnius Street Art Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania

–        The hood, Galerie Itinerrance, Djerba, Tunisia

–        Wallcome, Schmalkalden, Germany

–        The Bielsko Biała Museum, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

–        Common Experience, Istanbul, Turkey

–        Black Canvas, Riga, Latvia

–        M3 Project, Urban Nation, Berlin, Germany

–        St. Delhi Festival, New Delhi, India

–        Techfest, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

 

2013

–        Ogarna 2.0, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Science Museum, Sandnes, Norway

–        Traffic Design Festival, Gdynia, Poland

–        CityLeaks, Cologne, Germany

–        Nuart Festival, Stavanger, Norway

–        Burn & Lotus F1, São Paulo, Brazil

–        Burn Yard, Budapest, Hungary

–        Stencil Bastards 2, Zurich, Switzerland

–        Urban Forms, Łódz, Poland

–        Burn Yard, Barcelona, Spain

–        University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

–        Techfest, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India

 

2012

–        Golden Mural Project, New York, USA

–        AdHoc Gallery, New York, USA

–        SAJ10, Jelenia Góra, Poland

–        Stuck on the city, City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

–        Heaven meets earth, St. Ottilien Archabbey, Ebbing, Germany

–        Artloop Festival, Sopot, Poland

–        Street Art Communication, Košice, Slovakia

–        See no evil, Bristol, England

–        Traffic Design Festival, Gdynia, Poland

–        Z kontrkultury w popkulturę (Counterculture becoming Pop culture), the Jarocin Local Museum, Jarocin, Poland

–        Frontier – La linea dello stile, Bologna, Italy

–        Street Art Festival, Katowice, Poland

–        Artboom Festival, Cracow, Poland

–        Street Art Festival, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

–        Smok (Dragon), Płock Art Gallery, Płock, Poland

 

2011

–        Muralissimo, Lavra, Kiev, Ukraine

–        Outsidein, Alte Post, Neuss, Germany

–        Miłość (Love), the Royal Gun Factory, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Industrial goats, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Stavanger, Norway

–        MAMUTT project, Arte and the Antique Toy Museum of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

–        Urban Forms, Łódz, Poland

–        Street Art Dopping, Warsaw, Poland

–        Out of sth, Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland

–        Capitalism?, Nuart & NHH, Bergen, Norway

–        Urbanism, Holon, Israel

–        The Power of Fantasy, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

–        Divergence, North Art Space, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

2010

–        Art Basel Miami/Primary Flight, Miami, USA

–        Urban painting al Castello Visconteo, Trezzo sull’Adda, Italy

–        NuArt Festival, Stavanger, Norway

–        Eurotrash, Brooklynite Gallery, New York, USA

–        Bogotá Stencil Art Festival, Bogotá, Columbia

 

2009

–        Summer Art Festival (BELEF), Belgrade, Serbia

–        Polish Institute Night, Bucharest, Romania

–        Street Art Week, Moscow, Russia

–        Monumentalart, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Poliniza IV — Festival de Arte Urbano, Universidad Politecnica, Valencia, Spain

–        Streets Without Walls, Florence, Italy

 

2008

–        Popup Festival, Ancona, Italy

–        Names Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

–        Manifesta 7, Bolzano, Italy

–        Mobility, Prague, Czech Republic

–        Amaze/a Maze, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

–        Urban Affairs, Berlin, Germany

–        Cosmopolite, the Stencil History X, Paris, France

–        Cans Festival, London, England

 

2007

–        Drugi obieg (Samizdat), Łowicz, Poland

–        Polska część Śląska (The Polish Silesia), Mysłowice, Poland

–        NuArt Festival, Stavanger, Norway

–        Illustrative 07 — neue polnische Grafik, the Polish Institute, Berlin, Germany

–        Planet Prozess, Berlin, Germany

–        La Conquista del Espacio, São Paulo, Brazil

–        Difusor Stencil Meeting, Barcelona, Spain

 

2006

–        Art Trial Festival, Cork, Ireland

–        Viva La Muralists, Manchester, England

–        Only members, Gdynia, Poland

–        18th Independent Art Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

–        Street Art Stencils, Posters and Stickers, a Low-Tech Re-action!, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

2005

–        the City Made Us Do This, Stuttgart, Germany

–        Międzynarodowy Festiwal Działań Teatralnych i Plastycznych Zdarzenia (Happenings: the International Festival of Theatre and Visual Arts), Tczew, Poland

–        Street Art Installation, Budapest Cultural Centre, Budapest, Hungary

–        Street Art Festival II, Warsaw, Poland

 

2004

–        Klub Mózg (the Brain Pub), Bydgoszcz, Poland

–        10 lat Squatu Rozbratu (10th Anniversary of the Breach Squat), Poznań, Poland

–        Europejski Festiwal Malarstwa Ściennego (European Festival of Mural Painting),Węzeł Kliniczna, Gdańsk, Polska

–        Street Art Festival I, Warsaw, Poland

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2015

–        Mariusz Waras, DOM Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Solo Exhibition, Dwie Zmiany Clubhouse, Sopot, Poland

2014

–        Beautiful Crash, Varsi Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

–        Obiekty pneumatyczne (Pneumatic Objects), InfoBox, Gdynia, Poland

2013

–        m-city box, Kwiaciarnia Grafiki (the Graphic Flower Shop), Warsaw, Poland

2012

–        Akwanauta (Aquanaut), Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss, Germany

–        Back to school, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy

2011

–        Linia frontu (Front Line), A19 Gallery, Metro Marymont Station, Warsaw, Poland

 

2010

–        Obiekty pneumatyczne(Pneumatic Objects), Nowa Gazownia, Poznań, Poland

–        Urban Jungle, Itinerrance Gallery, Paris, France

–        M-City showcase, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

–        Obiekty pneumatyczne (Pneumatic Objects), Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Polska

 

2009

–        City-up, Baraka Club, Cracow, Poland

–        M-city, ATRION – Centro Socio Culturale, Carugate, Milan, Italy

2008

–        M-city, Le Trottoir Alla Darsena, Milan, Italy

 

2006

–        Drag & drop, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

 

2005

–        M-city, Municipal Gallery Arsenał, Poznań, Poland

 

2003

–        Wolne Miasto Gdańsk (Free City of Gdańsk), Żak Club, Gdańsk, Poland

–        M w MM, MM Gallery, Gdańsk, Polska

 

2001

–        Lekcja anatomii (the Anatomy Lesson), the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland

 

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2015

–        Paper Walls vol.1, 18A Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

–        Inauguracja (Inauguration), WL4 Art Space, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Metafora i rzeczywistość (Metaphor and Reality), the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Exhibition of the Graduates of the Visual Arts’ High Schoo in Gdynia who work or used to work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk

–        Versus the World, the Kuratorium Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

–        OUTSIDE IN (PART 2), Skur 2 Gallery, Stavanger, Norway

–        Brotherhood, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, USA

–        Urban Painting, Monte di Mola Museum, Porto Cervo, Italy

–        Pneumatic Object, Towards the Capital of Culture Project, Wrocław, Poland

–        Drones, Edition Fifty, Bristol, England

–        Your Kid Can’t Do This, aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney, Australia

–        Sei x Tre, Varsi Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

–        art3f, Galerie Orlinda Lavergne Mulhouse, Rennes, France

–        B-Sides, Red Projects Gallery, Stavanger, Norway

–        URBAN POTT – Print show, 44309 Street Art Gallery, Dortmund, Germany

–        2 for 2, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, USA

–        Północ-Południe (North and South), the Wilson Shaft Gallery, Katowice, Poland

–        This War of Mine, 11-bit Studio, Warsaw, Poland

–        Niechcący – kolekcja Vlepvnetu (Unwittingly – the Vlepvnet Collection), BWA – Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zielona Góra, Poland

 

2014

–        Moniker Art Fair, Traffic Gallery, London, England

–        Polish Urban Art, Brain Damage Gallery, Lublin, Poland

–        Polish Urban Art, Sergeant Paper, Paris, France

–        Polish Urban Art, HL Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

–        Polish Urban Art, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, Germany

–        Polish Urban Art, the Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus

–        Polish Urban Art, Dzyga Club, Lviv, Ukraine

–        Polish Urban Art, Closer Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

–        Mundus vade retro (MVR), Kibla Portal, Maribor, Slovenia

–        Posteris, Post Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania

–        Jednakowo/Różni (Same/Different), The Outsiders Gallery, Newcastle, England

–        Nie-widoki. O pejzażu współcześnie (Non-views. On modern landscape), Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko-Biała, Polska

–        Polish Urban Art, Art School, Batumi, Georgia

–        Summertime, Akiza Art Gallery, Paris, France

–        Narrative: Urban Poland, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin, Germany

–        Firefox, the MWC Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

–        NO(W)HERE*, Starkart Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

 

2013

–        Parisiana, Akiza Art Gallery, Paris, France

–        10 Years of Wooster Collective, Jonathan Le Vine Gallery, New York, USA

–        Wystawa zbiorowa, BC Gallery, Berlin, Germany

–        Various artists, V9 Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

 

2012

–        Buildings and Remnants, Fabrica Asa, Guimarães, Portugal

–        Fußball und Kunst, Künstlervrein Malkasten, Dusseldorf, Germany

–        Alternativa 2012, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Streets of the World, Opera Gallery, New York, USA

–        Street Art Corrugate, Urban Painting Gallery, Carugate, Italy

–        Wokół obrazu (About an Image), EL Gallery, Elbląg, Poland

 

2011

–        Wallflowers, Carhartt Gallery, Weil am Raihn , Germany

–        Walls of Milano: urban Painting Xmas show, Spacio concept, Milan, Italy

–        Come Inside, Soho Factory, Warsaw, Poland

–        Street art vs. Graffiti, Fine Arts Association Zacheta, Lublin, Poland

–        The Underbelly Project, Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA

–        Najwybitniejszy młody malarz pierwszej dekady XXI wieku (the Greatest Young Painter of the 21st century), the Pienkowski Founation’s Gallery, Żmudź, Poland

–        Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy

–        Art Fair International Blooom, Cologne, Germany

–        Turysta (Tourist), Open Culture Resort, Sopot, Poland

–        Transformer, Alternativa, /Wyspa Institute of Art?/, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Dégage, Itinerrance Gallery, Paris, France

–        100-lecie ZPAP (100 years of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers), National Art Gallery, Sopot, Polska

–        Bergamo Art Fair, Bergamo, Włochy

 

2010

–        From Gdańsk to Istambul, Marmara Üniversitesi Cumhuriyet Müzesi, Istambul, Turkey

–        Parapetówka (Housewarming), Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Bergamo Art Fair, Bergamo, Italy

 

2009

–        Malarstwo jest Okey (Painting is Ok), the Baltic Opera, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Art Taipei, MoCA Taipei, Taiwan

–        Fabryka (Factory) , Center of Contemporary Art, Toruń, Poland

–        the Art of Rock, StolenSpace Gallery, London, England

–        Hatsoff, Quintin Group Show, Tokio, Japan

–        the 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

–        Urban Art Agenda #3, Melbourne, Sydney/Brisbane, Australia

–        Identity Crisis, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, London, England

–        Nix krise, Superplan Gallery, Berlin, Germany

–        Street Art Painting Group Show, SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany

–        MiArt, Contemporary Art Fair, Milan, Italy

–        ArtVerona, Contemporary Art Fair, Verona, Italy

–        Bergamo Art Fair, Bergamo, Italy

2008

–        Amen, El Gallery, Elbląg, Poland

–        Stencil Art. New Pop in the Culture, Traffic Gallery, Bergamo, Italy

–        Artyści zewnętrzni: out of sth (External Artists; out of sth), Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland

 

2007

–        Red Bull Box Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

–        Laktacje nieholenderskie czyli puszka ze stritem (Non-dutch lactation, so called street can), Zabrze, Poland/ Toruń, Poland/ Berlin, Germany

–        Illustrative 07, Johannsen Gallery, Berlin, Germany

–        Art Car Boot Fair, London, England

–        International Poster Art, Rome, Italy

–        Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

 

2006

–        W Polsce czyli gdzie? (Poland Means Where?), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

–        Available Art, Camelot Gallery, Cracow, Poland

–        Post_ers, The Poster Museum, Warsaw, Poland

–        Section!, Ljubljana, Slovenia

–        Laktacje nieholenderskie czyli puszka ze stritem (Non-dutch lactation, so called street can) , Łódź, Poland

 

2005

–        Laktacje nieholenderskie czyli puszka ze stritem (Non-dutch lactation, so called street can), Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland

–        Laktacje nieholenderskie czyli puszka ze stritem (Non-dutch lactation, so called street can), Warsaw, Poland

–        Group Exhibition, Katarzyna Napiórkowska Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

–        6. Krajowa Wystawa Malarstwa Młodych (6th National Exhibition of Young Painters), Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław, Poland

–        K-Spray International Stencilling Tour, Tokio, Japan/Seul, Korea/Hong Kong, china/Taipei, /Taiwan

–        Polish Street Art, Municipal Culture Centre, Olsztyn, Poland

–        Piersi (Breasts), Atelier Club, Sopot, Poland

–        Wiosna Młodych (the Rise of the Young), Refektarz Gallery, Kartuzy, Poland

–        Street Art Exhibition, MM Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

–        German Culture Days, Art and Culture Center, Tczew, Poland

–        4th edition of the Biennial of Students Graphics, Old Brewery, Poznań, Poland

–        Samsung Art Master, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

 

2004

–        Zdarzenia (Events), the Arts Factory, Toruń, Polska

–        Biozagrożenia (Biohazards), Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warsaw, Poland

–        Na marginesie (By the way), MM Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

–        Art&Busines — exhibition of competition entries, Królikarnia – division of the National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

–        Samsung Art Master, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

–        Billboard, National Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland

–        Billboard, the Rusz Gallery, Toruń , Poland

–        Locha (Sow), the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland

 

2003

–        Niepełnosprawność- wystawa pokonkursowa (Disable Persons – exhibition of competition entries), Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warsaw, Poland

–        Rok ochrony własności przemysłowej- wystawa pokonkursowa (the Year of Industrial Property – exhibition of competition entries), Warsaw, Poland

–        Impresaż, Witold Gombrowicz Theatre, Gdynia, Poland

–        Nautilosh Festival, Dunkirk, France

–        Objekt (Object), MM Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

 

2001

–        National Biennale of StudentsGraphic Design, the Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice, Poland

–        Wypadki w budownictwie- wystawa pokonkursowa (Construction blunders – exhibition of competition entries), Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warsaw, Poland

 

2000

–        Święto muzyki- wystawa pokonkursowa (Music Day – exhibition of competition entries), Warsaw, Poland

–        Giełda papierów wartościowych — wystawa pokonkursowa (Stock Exchange – exhibition of competition entries), Warsaw, Poland

 

Curatorship

2014

  • Subiektywna historia polskiego strit artu, (Waves. Subjective History of Polish Street Art), National Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland
  • Subiektywna historia polskiego strit artu (Waves. Subjective History of Polish Street Art), the Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland
  • curator of the 238×504 Hoarding Gallery, the UCHO Club, Gdynia

 

Workshops

2013

–        I know, therefore I create and don’t destroy, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

2012

–        Touch of Art, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

 

2007

–        Touch of Art, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

 

2004

–        Art Workshop, Children’s Hospital„Polanki”, Gdańsk Przymorze, Poland

–        Art Workshop, ZOO, Gdańsk Oliwa, Poland

 

2003

–        Art Workshop, MM Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

 

Awards

2012

–        The Splendor Gedanensis Award in the culture category

–        the Gdańsk Theatre Award in the best debut category for the set design of the play „Baltic. A dog on the ice floe” staged in the Miniatura Theatre (dir. Romuald Wilczy-Pokojski)

–        nominee of the Galon Gdyński Award handed out by the Gdańsk Mayor

–        Grand Prix in the Artaq competion, Paris, France

2008

–        The Young Artist Prize awarded by the representatives of the City of Gdańsk

2005

–        Ergo Hestia Prize in the 7th edition of the Geppert Competition

–        Main prize in the visual arts category in the Zdarzenia Competition (Events)

–        Main prize in the competition Obraz roku (the Image of the Year) organized by the Art & Business magazine

2004

–        Honorary mention in the poster competition “Biohazards”

 

2003

–        Main prize in the poster competition „Disabled persons”

–        Second prize in the poster competition “The Year of Industrial Property”

 

2000

–        Honorary mention at the Festival of the Internet Art, Wrocław, Poland

–        Main prize in the poster competition organized by the Warsaw Stock Exchange