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henryk waniek

︎Artist, Painting, Surreal   
︎ Ventral Is Golden

"I am considered to be a painter of magic. Magic depicts the world in symbols."

Hailing from the surreal folklore traditions of Eastern Europe, Waniek draws upon motifs consistent to the world of alchemy, portraying mirco and macrocosm in alembics and distilling landscapes through veils of supernatural geometry.

There is a kind of sublime uneasiness to the surrealism that emanated from Eastern Europe post WW2. In artists such as Rafal Olbinski and Piotr Kamler, their magical perspectives surface above the murk of spiritual and economic catastrophe brought about by war time and social unrest. It is a great example of how the human spirit endeavours through great turmoil for no other reason than to communicate ideas of ‘the spirit’. An example are The Bone Records of Soviet Russia are testament to how creativity finds novel ways of growing through the cracks of imposed social order.

As an art critic, essayist and prose writer, but principally known as an painter, Waniek has diversified his artistic discipline to encompass his far reaching interest in magic and the occult.

He composes his symmetrical and concentric pictures from the traditional symbols of magic: windows, chalices, ladders, devils, rainbows, shooting stars. These pictures link geographical realities and spheres of human interest like a map; his essays can also be considered as maps of spiritual space that are clothed in words.

Further Reading ︎
Book Institute, Bio
Bone Records