Leading up to our big 2-year anniversary show opening on April 3rd, we're going to share bios on each of the participating artists with a preview of one of their works for the show.
Today we feature M-City: M-City (Mariusz Waras) born 1978 in Gdynia, Poland. A graphic artist, outdoor painter, traveler and amateur architect, he graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where he is currently assistant lecturer in Prof. Jerzy Ostrogórski's painting studio. He is the author of the m-city project including several hundred murals. His work focuses on urban space.
His murals may be seen in the streets of Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Paris, Rotterdam, Gent, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Bolzano, London, Bogota, Barcelona, Valencia, Florence, Bergamo, Milan, Ancona and Prague. His gallery exhIbitions include individual and group exhibitions at the Galerie Itinerrance in Paris (2010), the Brooklynite Gallery in New York (2010), the Carmichael Gallery in LA (2010), the Traffic Gallery in Bergamo (2012, 2008), the Arsenal in Poznań (2005) and the CSW Laźnia in Gdańsk (2006). In 2008 he was invited by Banksy to the Cans Festival in London, and later that year included by the international street art expert Tristan Manco in the official list of the world's most important artists of stencil-graffiti.
In February 2010 he was invited by the Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu for his first installation for a Museum. His wall was 11 floors high, was chosen for the cover of the publication “Mural Art vol. 2, Murals on Huge Public Surfaces around the World”. He recently participated in a major exhibition at Bozar ou le Palais des Beaux-arts de Bruxelles for the group exhibition “The Power of Fantasy – Modern and Contemporary Art from Poland”, together with artists like Wilhelm Sasnal, Piotr Uklanski, Monika Sosnowska and many others.
We have been fans of M-City's work since he exhibited with Brooklynite Gallery in 2010, and we are very excited to show his work for the first time in Chicago.
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