Urban art

Pener /   Bartek Swiatecki

Poland 1981

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti


Bartek Swiatecki
December 26, 2014
Nina Karaicic is a journalist with experience in TV and radio media. Born in 1989, she had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Journalism). Interests: Photography, Art, Film, Folklore, Video Games

Bartek Świątecki aka PENER is a Polish artist whose work ranges from paintings on canvas and walls, over animation and site specific installations. Bartek Świątecki’s work mixes abstraction and traditional graffiti. High art and youth culture, modernism and skateboarding. His images are based around geometric groupings and angular forms which reference futuristic architectural design. The apparent slickness of Świątecki’s productions is often at odds with the decayed settings the works are placed in. The visual language used in these pieces gives a glimpse in to a brave new world of graffiti and fine art cross over. It’s a world where graffiti writers are as happy to quote from De Stijl as they are Wu Tang.

PENER was born in 1981 and currently works as an art teacher in Olsztyn, Poland. In 2006 he graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń. He first came in contact with the street art scene around in 1995 when he tagged his name all over his city. PENER then later started to form his own style, which is characterized by graphical minimalism: straight lines and pure colors are combined to create geometrical clusters. Interestingly, PENER often breaks with the cleanness of his structures and lets the paint pour out of the shape or splatters paint onto them. This gives his pieces a strange liveliness and especially in an urban environment, integrates them well. It seems as if the dirt and dust from the streets affect the pieces actively.

PENER’s first self-published book ‘Deconstruction’ has been released in 2013. He has been a part of a broad range of exhibitions across Europe, especially in Poland.

Pener lives and works in Olsztyn, Poland.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016BalanceThe Book Club, LondonSolo
2015COSMOGRAMMAInoperable Gallery, ViennaSolo
2014Polish Urban ArtCloser, Kiev, UkraineGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtDzyga, Lviv, UkraineGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtY gallery, Minsk, BelarusGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtUrban Spree, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtHL Gallery, StockholmGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtSergeanpaper Gallery, ParisGroup
2014Polish Urban ArtBrain Damage Gallery, Lublin, PolandGroup
2014Jednakowo – RózniThe Outsiders Gallery, Newcastle, UKGroup
2014ArturbainTajan auction house, ParisGroup
2014CIESLAK - SYRUC - SWIATECKIKuratorium | galeria | przestrzen kreatywna, WarszawaGroup
2014UrbstractionsPrettyPortal Gallery, DusseldorfGroup
2014PropaStuffDownstairs at Mother, LondonGroup
2014Spring art collection1AM gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Major Minority1AM gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2014Ameryka, Wenecja, RusAreszt Sztuki, Olsztyn, PolandGroup
2014PL44309 Gallery, DortmundGroup
2014Wiem - nie niszcze, tworzeCentre for Contemporary Art Laznia, GdanskGroup
2013GraffuturismOpenSpace Galery, ParisGroup
2013Ogarna FestivalGdansk, PolandGroup
2013Street Art CommunicationKosice, SlovakiaGroup
2013Traffic Design FestivalGdynia, PolandGroup
2013Urban Forms FestivalLodz, PolandGroup
2013New Colors FordonCentre for Cultural Action, Bydgoszcz, PolandGroup
2012Areszt Sztuki vs Front SztukiOlsztyn, PolandGroup
2012DekonstrukcjaRadar Gallery, Kraków, PolandSolo
2012Polski Street-artAuction House Rempex, Warszawa, PolandGroup
2012Street Art Dopping FestivalWarszawa, PolandGroup
2012Street Art CommunicationKosice, SlovakiaGroup
2012Traffic Design FestivalGdynia, PolandGroup
2011Signal to NoisNRD gallery, Torun, PolandSolo
2011Galeria KoloruRabeko gallery, Warszawa, PolandSolo
2011PredatorsLublin, PolandGroup
2011Brain Damage gallery no#1Lublin, PolandGroup
2011Come insideWarszawa, PolandGroup
2011Projekt 40-40Warszawa, PolandGroup
2011UstrukturalnienieSopot, PolandGroup
2011SpreadRegional Public Library, Olsztyn, Poland Solo
2010BabelRegional Public Library, Olsztyn, PolandSolo
2010Turning PointRegional Public Library, Olsztyn, PolandSolo
2009Concentration DegreeCentre for Contemporary Art, Torun, PolandGroup
2009PenerNational Museum Królikarnia, Warsawa, PolandSolo