Wojciech Tylbor-Kubrakiewicz


Born in 1974 in Warsaw, Poland. From 1996 to 2001 studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2001 received his diploma. Since 2001 has been acting as an associate lecturer at the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2010 awarded Doctorate. In 2016 took a position of Visiting Professor in Indiana University, in USA.

He has had nineteen solo exhibitions both in Poland and abroad as well as shown his works in about one hundred group exhibitions. In 2018 awarded with the Merit Prize on the 18th International Print Biennial Exhibit in Taiwan. In 2017 he received a Honorable Mention on The 6th NBC Meshtech Tokyo International Screen Print Biennial in Japan. He was also awarded with a Special Prize on 16th Lessedra World Art Print Annual—Mini Print. In 2015 he won a Grand Prix on 6th Splitgraphic International Graphic Art Biennial in Croatia. In 2012 awarded with a distinction on 12th Gielniak Graphic Art Competition in Poland. In 2008 awarded a Museums and Collections Services Acquisition Award at the Edmonton Print International contest in Canada. Won several awards at local Polish printmaking contests. His works are in the collection of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Guanlan International Print Biennial, International Graphic Triennial in Cracow and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.

His works can be considered as figurative, but oriented towards abstraction. Journey, time and memory are motives that dominates his body of art. Echoes of distant peregrinations are equally important as processing of everyday experience. Fascinated by world of objects, he use them in his works almost arbitrary, building a collection of curiosities or reducing them to symbols.  

Specializes in the classical techniques of intaglio, relief print and silkscreen. To a lesser extent works also with drawing, photography and tattoos.


Artist Statement

I think, that the most substantial moments of my life I can find in my journeys. The changing landscape—land and sky, their colors, texture and light, richness and simplicity, eternal monuments of nature, as well as man-altared habitat; all had inscribed in me for many years to witness my pictorial adventures.

Regardless of destinations, I’m always delighted in every mundane manifestation of human thought, from everyday items—some very banal, to the architectural details or artifacts from the museum. But there’s also a feeling of alienation, inadequacy to the surrounding and cultural exclusion. This dichotomy limits my ability to experience world around me fully. Only at home I’m able to analyze. Emerging distance enables possibility of synthesis. Form emerges randomly from fragments of memory. Simplified, sometimes reduced to a sign or afterimage, it is placed in a new space. Logical sequence of images is destroyed, but then process of recontextualization starts. One can find here familiar elements, however they seem to be arranged randomly. Arranging an artwork is never finished. I am searching without the need to discover.