Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1964; Tomek grew up living and traveling in Poland, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Latin America and Europe. His artistic interests began with black and white photography at the age of 14 while living in Egypt. Returning to Poland at the age of 18, he attended University Maria Sklodowska-Curie in Lublin earning a Masters of Arts in Literature and Linguistics. During this time, he worked as a journalistic photographer and distributor of underground newspapers in the years of the Solidarity Movement at the end of the communist system of government in Poland. Emigrating to the United States in 1986, Tomek transitioned from photography to sculpture and painting.
Tomek’s current work has evolved to large-scale, layered, high-gloss oil paintings. He develops much of his own paint using anything from walnut shells to tar.
Best described as psychological landscapes, Tomek’s paintings draw from organic patterns and common cultural symbols creating a visual language to express our universal journey of growth and transformation. A self-taught artist, Tomek’s art is an exploration of that growth, change and an individual’s relationship to the whole.
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