Jacek Sroka

"The strength of the paintings and prints of Jacek Sroka – today's most prominent representative of the figurative direction of the Kraków school, an artist known and exhibited worldwide – lies in the combination of the sacred and the profane, thus in depicting human fate as it is, regardless of origin and culture" (from a text by Agata Piecuch).

Jacek Sroka has exhibited his paintings and graphics at one hundred and twenty individual shows (including in Kraków, Warsaw, Wrocław, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Reykjavik, Amsterdam, Maastricht, San Francisco, Vienna, Lyon, Curitiba, Beijing) and several hundred group exhibitions in Poland and around the world.

Retrospective museum exhibitions include: Musee Des Beaux Arts, Chambery, France, 1995; Musee d’Ussel, France, 2005; National Museum in Kraków, 2008; Kunstverein Offenburg, Germany, 2008; National Museum, Przemyśl, 2011; Lubusz Land Museum, Zielona Góra, 2011; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil, 2013; Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom, 2017.

The artist's works are held in museum collections in Poland (including the National Museum in Kraków, Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz, Museum of Contemporary Art in Radom, Jagiellonian Library, Graphic Collections of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences) and worldwide (including the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Musee Savoisien, Chambery; Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba).

Artist's Diary 1996

An inspiration for the movie is the text written by Jacek Sroka in 1995.

  • Tuesday, April 25. Before noon, I was painting the Diora radio and the patterned wallpaper – medium-sized. I did not leave the house.
  • Wednesday, April 26. I did nothing. I didn’t go out.
  • Thursday, April 27. In the morning, I was observing the neighbours. I was painting without conviction.
  • Friday, April 28. Sketches for the “Restif Cases”. I didn’t go out.
  • Saturday, April 29. I did not paint. I didn’t leave the house.
  • Sunday, April 30. I didn’t paint.
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