Biography of Wilhelm Sasnal
Wilhelm Sasnal (born 1972 in Tarnów, PL) is a Polish painter and filmmaker, currently living and working in Kraków. He is influenced by a variety of artistic traditions including pop art, photorealism, cubism, abstraction, minimalism, and even, comic strips. The main themes of the artist's works are everyday life, contemporary culture, and the mass media. Not one to shy away from controversy he frequently draws upon politically and culturally resonant topics such as suicide bombers, mosh pits, and communist propaganda. His emphatically barren painting style–often black-and-white and reduced to contrasts–is based on definite but widely divergent contexts, such as record labels, classic photographs, children's books, comics, porn, and so on. Thus his characteristically desolate paintings contain a comprehensive review of reality, which concerns everything contemporary.
The artist is very much at home in his own time and comfortable with its technologies, modes of communication, lifestyles, and imageries. His paintings express an exalted awareness of participating in a new, developing, and active world full of possibilities, as well as one of contradictions and antagonisms. Sasnal received the Vincent Van Gogh Prize in 2006, and has been exhibited in esteemed European institutions, such as the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerp.