Urban Art

M-City /   Mariusz Waras

Poland 1978

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Stencil


Mariusz Waras
October 10, 2014
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?

M-City is a graphic artist and outdoor painter who is an author of post-industrial murals with a geometric network of industrial elements. Also, he is the first person ever to paint a mural on the control tower of a major international airport.

M–City, or Mariusz Waras, is an artist, traveler and amateur architect which explains where his artistic precision and strength come from – his versatility and understanding of architecture. He graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk where he is currently assistant lecturer.

Besides painting a Norwegian airport control tower, M-City created for the Nuart Street Art Festival a very ambitious art piece. It is an epic, 150 meters long supply ship he meticulously painted over using hundreds of stencils, creating a mesmerizing artwork that resembles the Norwegian fjords and the mechanical nature of the ship.

M-city’s murals are rhythmic and very precise – an effect which is achieved by the technique of hand-cut stencils. He animates urban spaces with stories in which the main subject is the metropolis and its infinite evolutions. This production is characterized by two main distinct inspirations: video games and geopolitical issues that generate a critical approach to society, making viewers understand how geographical motivations can influence political actions.

By opposing black and white images and creating such a contrast, he focuses on industrial icons like gears. In that way, the artist applies his own personal style to depict a certain sci-fi utopia.

His work can be seen, among others, in Cracow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Berlin, Paris, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, New York, Bolzano, London, Rotterdam, Gent, Budapest, Barcelona, Valencia, Florence, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Bolzano, Bucharest, Prague etc. He is a very prolific author and his work includes several hundred murals. But, he is not stopping there. Also notable is his gallery work: he had a several solo and group exhibitions in cities such as in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Bergamo…

M-City is based in Gdansk, but can be seen creating his striking murals all over globe.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2013Work, Buy, Consume, DieReed Projects gallery, StavangerGroup
2013Tour Paris 13Galerie Itinerrance, ParisGroup
2013NuArt Festival 2013NuArt Festival, StavangerGroup
2013Mein Revier│My TerritoryKunst Raum Riehen, BaselGroup
2012Frontier. The Line Of StyleFrontier, BolognaGroup
2012Street Art – The New GenerationPori Taidemuseo / Pori Art Museum, PoriGroup
2012See No EvilBelgiumGroup
2012Streets of the WorldOpera Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012Katowice Street Art Festival PolandGroup
2011WallflowersCarhartt Gallery, Weil am RheinGroup
2011Outside InReed Projects gallery, StavangerGroup
2010NuArt Festival 2010NuArt Festival, StavangerGroup
2010M-cityCarmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CASolo
200928th Biennial of Graphic ArtsLjubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, LjubljanaGroup
2008M-city & Orticanoodles - Stencil Art: New Pop In The Urban CultureTraffic Gallery, BergamoGroup
2008Manifesta 7, Comitato Manifesta 7BolzanoGroup
2008Stockartist II: Urban AffairsStockartist Space, Berlin (closed)Group
2008OUT OF STH, BWA WroclawGallery of Contemporary Art , WroclawGroup
2008Outside/InsideCarmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CAGroup
2007NuArt Festival 2007NuArt Festival, StavangerGroup