First there is always a concept, an idea. Sometimes, I have an impression that the painting is painting itself, an intuition is guiding me while painting. The subjects which interest me result from my experience, from everyday life, from the everyday problems, and the issues that puzzle us throughout the years, forming our way of looking at the world, changing us. My observations are directed to catch the moments of tension, drama, and the clashes in the everyday life. I am formally interested in contrasts of textures, colors and the means of presentation. Sometimes, one line or one spot influences the entire painting. If there is no feeling of suspense, it means that it is not done yet. I like to work at a fast rate, I paint as if I were throwing out of me a painting hidden inside. In painting, I appreciate the courage of opinion and the freedom in the means of expression. I do not like decorativeness and submission to trends or fashion. I do not emphasize no means of expression or artistic techniques – the intellectual values of art are more important to me than the style in which they are expressed. In the modern world, art is the margin of freedom, which can and should be used.
Biography: Maciej Hoffman Born in Wrocław on 31 August 1964. Education: Studies at the Faculty of Theology at the Papal Theological Academy in Wroclaw: 1985-1988 Studies at the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw: 1988-1992. Graduated with a degree in painting and sculpture in 1992. Between 1990 and 2003 – I worked for one of the biggest Polish advertisement agencies. I did conceptual and creative work in the planning of marketing campaigns. I participated in creating marketing spots, press and radio campaigns and outdoor advertisements. Artistic work: 2008 – a solo exhibition in „Galeria Na Solnym” in Wrocław 2008 – a group exhibition in Warsaw Gallery „Van Golik” 2008 – participated in the review of Polish contemporary painting – 22nd Festival of Contemporary Painting in Szczecin 2008, nomination to The Grand Prix I live and work in Wrocław The gallery containing my works: www.maciej-hoffman.com
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