48440 Wilhelm Sasnal
Wilhelm Sasnal

Wilhelm Sasnal

Born in 1972, in Tarnów (Poland)

Lives and works in Kraków (Poland)

Wilhelm Sasnal trained as an architect but is first and foremost a painter. He works in numerous other mediums including photography, the graphic novel, film and video. His subjects are daily life, historical figures, views of Kraków and important moments in the lives of his friends and family. Sasnal also appropriates images found on the Internet and in the mass media.

Sasnal studied architecture for two years from 1992 at the Tadeusz Kościuszko University of Technology in Kraków.  He then turned to fine art and studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. There, until 2000, he exhibited with the artists’ collective known as Ładnie Group - a Polish term for “pretty” – who depicted their contemporary, banal surroundings using a “non-professional” aesthetic that countered the style taught at the academy. Sasnal completed his studies in 1999, then worked briefly for advertising agencies in Kraków while pursuing his personal work.

Selected Bibliography

Esche, Charles ; Öktem, Esra Sarigedik ; Cichocki, Sébastian... [et al.]. Wilhelm Sasnal : paintings & films = schilderijen en films : [exhibition, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 18 February - 30 April 2006]. Eindhoven : Van Abbemuseum ; Rotterdam : Veenman Publishers, 2006.

Borchardt-Hume, Achim. Wilhelm Sasnal : [exhibition, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 14 October - 1 January 2012 ; Haus der Kunst, Munich, 3 February - 13 May 2012]. London : Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2011.

Eichler, Dominic, Przywara, Andrzej, Heiser, Jörg. Wilhelm Sasnal. New York : Phaidon, 2011.

Plath, Carina, Ruf, Beatrix, Loock, Ulrich...[et al]. Wilhelm Sasnal : Night Day Night [exposition, Zurïch, Kunsthalle Zurïch, 23 august - 2 november 2003 ; Münster, Westfälischer Kunstverein, 20 september - 16 november 2003]. Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2003.

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