Bartosz Kokosiński

(born 1984)


Painter, visual artist. In 2004-2009 Kokosiński studied at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. A four-time scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Participant of the 6th Triennale of Young Artists in Orońsko and the 10th Geppert Contest in Wrocław, and in 2015 awarded at the 42th ‘Bielska Jesień’ Paining Biennale.

“Bartosz Kokosiński involves in artistic reflection on the phenomenon of the picture, repeating the question about its status and significance. He is not interested in the aspect of illustrativeness of the painting medium, but in the very painting process, in physicality of the matter that the painting is made of. The artist subjects paintings to deformation: he bends their structure, turns canvas inside out, sticks various objects inside. His works tend to be flawed, ‘ill’, presenting their imperfections to the audience (…). Kokosiński’s works have a very strong element of authenticity to them, they are the record of experience and emotions, doubts, and recurrent attempts to work out his own language of artistic in this medium that does not accept any compromises.” (Ewa Gorządek)


Individual exhibitions:


Bye Bye Budapest!, 1111 Gallery, Budapest [HU]


Toxic Fumes, Krynki Gallery, Krynki

Pastel Block, Monopol Gallery, Warszawa

Community of Images of Density, State Art Gallery, Sopot

– Moment cutting the dowel, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Project Room, Warszawa
Clash, BWA Gallery, Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki, Gorzów Wielkopolski
Dysfunctional Matter, Knoll Galerie Budapest, Budapest [HU]
Dysfunctional Matter, Knoll Galerie Wien, Vienna [AT]

Nothing is real, everything is possible, Water Tower Gallery, Konin, Poland
Termokoloryzacja, Lubelska 30/32 U-42, Warszawa
Vapours, ABC Gallery, Poznań

Crack, Knoll Galeria Budapest, Budapest [HU]
Crack, Knoll Galerie Wien, Vienna [AT]

– Kinky droppings thoughts (Thomas Bernhard), Galeria Promocyjna, Warszawa
Bilder fressen Wirklichkeit, Club der Polnischen Versager, Berlin [DE]
Fever, ABC Gallery, Poznań

– Uncontrolled content, Młode Forum Sztuki, Lublin
– (Dis)order of things, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow

– Some pictures don’t want to be painted, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice
– (NO) BODY (NO) SOUL (NO) ART, Small Gallery, Słupsk

In shape, Sztygarka City Museum, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
For the beginning – the end, Nova Gallery, Kraków

Shame of repetition, Nova Gallery, Kraków


Group exhibitions:


My Name Is Red, State Art Gallery, Sopot

Black Bile, Small Gallery, Słupsk

Touch the Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa

Summer in the City, Monopol Gallery, Warszawa

Nature in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Kraków


As Cybis?, Gallery of the Museum of Opole Silesia, Opole

Life is a Backyard, 13. INSPIRATIONS festival, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin

Sudden Death of a Hero, KUBIK art space, Budapest [HU]

Works of Indifference, City Art Gallery of Kalisz, Kalisz (together with Andrzej Szewczyk)

The Air and Other Things We Need to Live, BWA Bielska Gallery, Bielsko-Biała

100 Years of Polish Sculpture, Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga [LV]


What with this Abstraction?, Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warszawa

Kunstwerk Leben, Centre for Persecuted Arts, Solingen [DE]

The Wonder Years: Kokosiński / Matyszewski, Biała Gallery, Lublin (together with Paweł Matyszewski)

#library, Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań

– DADA tak? tak!, Galeria Biała, Lublin
– Home at Last: the Polish House During the Transition, 8h edition of the Warsaw Under Construction, Warszawa
– Searching for freedom. Contemporary painting from Poland, National Museum, Kiev, Ukraine
– Medicine in art, MOCAK, Kraków
– Father glazier, mother glass, Henryk Gallery, Kraków
– Another world, BWA Gallery, Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland

– Two Sticks – an exhibition at the part Think Tank lab Triennial International Festival of Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Architecture, Wrocław
42nd Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień 2015, BWA Bielska Gallery, Bielsko-Biała
– No more objects for the Picture, Monopol Gallery, Warszawa
– Power of abstraction, Museum of Modern Fine Art, Minsk [BY]
– Szaberland – exhibition in the review of art Survival13, Riot Squads Police Barracks, Wrocław
– The Hideout, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin
– Do (not) touch! Haptic aspects of Polish art after 1945, Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń
– Open collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Branch of the National Museum, Szczecin
– Ceci n’est pas cette pipe, Propaganda Gallery, Warszawa
– Still in motion, E.M.Galerie, Drachten [NL]

– The boundaries of painting, Contemporary Art Gallery BWA, Przemyśl
– Czech Pope, MOS – Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Kraków
–, Galeria Biała, Lublin
Self-love, National Art Gallery, Sopot
– Fixedgear, Lubicz Brewery, Kraków
Art more precious than mud, Lubicz Brewery, Kraków
Czech Pope, MeetFactory Gallery, Prague [CZ]
Contrary to the instructions, Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole
Milk teeth, Witches’ Tower, Słupsk

– 41st Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień 2013, BWA Bielska Gallery, Bielsko-Biała
– POSITIVE/NEGATIV, ART MOSCOW 17 International Art Fair, Central House of Artists, Moscow [RU]
clouds on nail, Knoll Galerie Wien, Vienna [AT]
– Damage has been done, El Gallery, Elbląg
– Urwanie głowy, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin
– Milk teeth, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice

Curators Network, competition exhibition, MOCAK, Kraków
– Heart of darkness, the festival 8.inSPIRACJE, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin
– Silence of snow, Nuremberg House, Kraków
– Pictures on Art, Art on Pictures – Roman Siwulak & Bartosz Kokosiński, Art Gallery of Fine Arts Academy, Kraków
– Je abstrakter die kunst wird, desto mehr wird sie kunst, Bestregarts Gallery, Ftankfurt am Main [DE]

Przeciąg – Youth Arts Festival, Zachęta, Contemporary Art Museum, Szczecin
– 10th Geppert Competition – What does a painter do?, BWA Wrocław, Awangarda Gallery, Wrocław
– 6th Youth Triennials, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko
– Preview Berlin, art fairs, Berlin [DE]
– Rybie Oko 6, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Słupsk
Markierter Ort, Zentrifuge Auf AEG, Nuremberg [DE]
Kinderspiele, Zbiornik Kultury, Kraków

– Post-competition exhibition of 20th OPMM PROMOTIONS 2010, Art Gallery, Legnica
– Project Silnia , Gallery U, Wroclaw, old glass factory on Sarego street and Kraków Center Gallery on the main market square, Kraków
– Markierter ort, exhibition, Kraków

– The Champion and Pupils, Tarnogórskie Centrum Kultury, Tarnowskie Góry
– 306, Floriańska 22 Gallery, Kraków
Bestregarts Junge Kunst, Frankfurt am Mein [DE]

– Rybie Oko 5, Small Gallery, Slupsk; Klima Bochenska Gallery, Warszawa
– blankly, perfect summer, VertexList, New York [US]

– V. edition of the International Contest for Art Academy Students Self-portrait inspired by the works of a chosen artist, Regional Museum, Stalowa Wola

The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow exhibition, Kunststation, Kleinsassen [DE]