Adam Niklewicz - Sailor

Adam Niklewicz

Poland 1957


Adam Niklewicz
Adam Niklewicz
November 8, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Adam Niklewicz is a Polish artist known for his sculptural work, varied in material and formal terms, which romanticizes a past that no longer exists.

Niklewicz was born in 1957 in Zamość, Poland – but in 1980 he came to United States, looking for refuge from martial law, brought by authoritarian communist government in an attempt to crush political opposition. This dislocation that he feels as a Polish-born American will follow him everywhere and it is almost conspicuous throughout his entire oeuvre. However, he does not evoke his homeland, he rather explores the absurdity of nostalgia in the world today.

Drawing, 2009

Adam Niklewicz - Drawing, 2009
Adam Niklewicz – Drawing, 2009

In 1989 Adam earned a graphic communications BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and his sculpture MFA in 2006 at SUNY Purchase College at Westchester, New York.
What Niklewicz does the best is playing with de-contextualization – he takes some pretty ordinary object, such as plates, chairs or tables, and through assigning them new roles – Adam creates new and secret aspects of reality. And he does all that with some healthy dose of irony and humor.

Soul Food

Adam Niklewicz - Untitled, 2008
Adam Niklewicz – Untitled, 2008

Adam created his piece titled Untitled as a reminiscence of his early fascination with painting and any paint at all. One day in his high school days, he spread orange oil paint over a slice of bread, and actually ate it! So, this installation serves to reaffirm the then act of commitment.

Knife in the Water

Adam Niklewicz - Knife in the Water, 2015
Adam Niklewicz – Knife in the Water, 2015

Niklewicz’s artwork featured in Art New England, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, The Huffington Post, Modern Painters Magazine and many more. Adam won various awards and grants, such as 2012 A.R.T. Fund Grant from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, The Grumbacher Award in 2001 or Artist Fellowship Grant from Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in 2008.

The artist is represented by EBK Gallery.

Adam Niklewicz currently lives and works in North Haven, CT, USA.

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YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Adam Niklewicz / Sculpture (mostly)EBK Gallery, Hartford, CTSolo
2014Długość Cugli Wyznacza Średnicę ArenyThe Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PolandGroup
2014Smack Mellon Hot PicsSmack Mellon, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2014Arte Laguna PrizeNappe Arsenale Novissimo, Venice, ItalyGroup
2013The Power of PlaceHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2012Powaga/Der Ernst/SeriousnessGaleria afk (Austriackie Forum Kultury), Warsaw, PolandGroup
2012Walking Around a Tree, video projection, public art projectWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art / Real Art Ways, City of Hartford, Hartford, CTSolo
2012The Charter Oak, water mural, public art projectWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art / Real Art Ways / City of Hartford, Hartford, CTSolo
2011Locus Communis (commonplace)Black & White Gallery / Project Space, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2011Art Moves Art on BillboardsGaleria Rusz, Torun, PolandGroup
2011Jerzy Kosalka / Adam Niklewicz Wystawa SponsorowanaThe Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PolandGroup
2010Post Gogol: The Silent Absence of the Body Slag Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Kissed by GeniusArtifacts Lanier Collections, Darien, CTGroup
2009ImmaterialBlack & White Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009The Soup Show, installationFiveMyles, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2008Catching the WordBlack & White Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008The Inaugural Showb42 Gallery, Ontario, CanadaGroup
2008Kraj Works of Artists of Polish OriginThe Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, PolandGroup
200750 000 Beds ProjectThe Aldrich Museum / ARTspace / Real Art Ways, CTGroup
2007The Invisible Solid, installationLong Island University Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2006The Ballad of the Twin Beekeepersinstallation, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CTSolo
2006Fall/Winter ExhibitionInternational Sculpture Center, Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJGroup
2006PozaReal Art Ways, Hartford, CTGroup
2005Peekskill ProjectHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2005From the Sound LabPelham Art Center, Pelham, NYGroup
2004All of the AboveMaass Gallery, Purchase College, Purchase, NYGroup
2004Shifting AffinitiesYale School of Art, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
2004Artists Play HouseStamford Museum, Stamford, CTGroup
2004New Works, installationsNew Space Gallery (at MCC), Manchester, CTSolo
2004Web (space) Artist for March 2004Artists Space, New York, NYGroup
2003TerritoriesGalerie fur Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, Germany and ArtSpace, New Haven, CTGroup
2002This is ThenReal Art Ways, Hartford, CTGroup
20028 Reflections On TimeJohn Slade Ely House, New Haven, CTGroup
2002SnapshotThe Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield,CTGroup
2002New/Now, installationsNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTSolo
2001Signs, installationsSilvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CTSolo
2001Central Connecticut State University Fine Arts Faculty ExhibitionSamuel T. Chen Art Center Gallery, New Britain, CTGroup
2000The Connecticut VisionMattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CTGroup