Marcin Michalak (born 1978) graduated from the ZSB Vocational High School in Kalisz in 1997, a specialist bricklayer and stucco artist. A graduate of the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Student in Josef Jankovic studio in Vysoká škola Výtvarných umení in Bratislava. Diploma (2005) in the studio of Prof. Ch. Mandzios. From 2006, he was employed at his alma mater as a stucco master until 2019. From 2009, an assistant to Prof. Ch. Mandzios, Prof. A. M. Zyśko, Prof. M. Dworski in the stucco workshop. From 2017, assistant to Prof. M. Dworski in the studio of Small Sculpture Form and Medalling. Organizer and founder of Plastic Studio. Author of many stucco and conservation projects, incl. in Wrocław, Dobrzyca, Kalisz and Bydgoszcz. Sculptural realizations in public places, among others in France, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. Participation in numerous sculpture symposia in Poland, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Decorated with the Badge of the 3rd level of Meritorious Blood Donor. He cooperates with foundations helping people and animals. Currently, he works at the Academy of Fine Arts as a teacher of the Basics of stucco work for the first year of sculpture and as an assistant to Prof. Mateusz Dworski in the studio of Mała Forma and Medalling.
Am I an artist at all?
I grew up in a small village as the son of a PGR (state farm) worker and a railway crossing service lady.
Love for nature, respect for nature and caring for the weak are a natural part of rural life.
Raising up in a large family, in the tradition of kissing a slice of bread when it falls to the floor, and it does not always allow me to easily look at the changing world of pride, glitz, hypocrisy and consumerism. I do not deny the modern world, I learn to live in it, but I also try to comment and express my anxiety.
I work on the verge of art, being aware of my weaknesses. I am not looking for my own style, it will appear itself over time. My statements result from my intuition and a strange feeling about the finished work.
But you can feel safe with me. I do not insult, laugh at and mock the weaker ones.
I Creatine a weird kind of organized mess around myself. A collection of museums and discarded objects that were once sculptures or had completely different functions …
Am I original and unique? The path I chose has been paved by other artists from Duchamp to Cattelan long time ago. I don’t consider myself the creator of the language of my statements, but a kind of poet who uses the language of art.