Contemporary Art

Robert Proch

Poland 1986 - 2019

Urban Art, Contemporary Realism

Robert Proch
Robert Proch
November 17, 2014
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Robert Proch was a Polish painter, muralist, and animator with his own unique picturesque language which represents numerous stylistic expressions. His style was inspired by state-of-the-art animation, Impressionism, and modern graffiti.

Proch was born in Poland and was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts (animation department) in Poznan. First steps in outside painting he took in 2002. During his studies, he had major exhibitions in both Europe and the United States.

Robert Proch began putting up graffiti in his hometown of Bydgoszcz, Poland as a teen. He soon experimented with traditional painting too. Proch painted aspects of motion and processing taken strictly from an urban environment. As he said, nowadays the cities-environment of his world are starting to look extremely plain and futuristic. What he did was try to imagine the modern city without all the small details like benches or trash bins. This artist compared it to a painting of a cubist and had a problem with deciding whether it’s good or bad phenomenon.

The mini-narratives he painted examine the modern human condition using vivid colors and tangible emotions. Sentimentality, ambition, fear, loss, hubris, greed and friendship play their roles in snapshot dramas set in coffee shops and shopping malls; or during pregnancies and suicides. Proch stressed the intensity of experience in his vibrant portrayals of situations that could be considered ominous, maudlin or plain mundane.

Realism was his natural choice. Having a common background is important to remain readable in final impression, Proch claimed: Metaphor, Symbol, Deconstruction, Metamorphosis, it all works well if the first step comes out from defined universe which is possible to identify with. Good painting should speak itself. No user guides.

He learned from his own experience that if one paints in a realistic way on and on and on and on and on, there comes a moment, where one starts to reduce this reality to search more into what’s behind the straight representation of each motive. Things like space, time, mood, tempo, rhythm, come to the forefront.

He was not using photography, many times avoids to even make a precise sketch for the painting. This made painting process so interesting for him. If the major idea of finished canvas is kept behind it and the artist follows this path to reach the point when the work is done – it is a good way to learn how to choose and operate with space and form of the objects.

This young painter was inspired and influenced by the artists such as Francis Bacon, Claude Monet, Miles Davis, Sat One, William Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, Edward Hopper, Józef Brandt, Boards of Canada or Jerzy Duda-Gracz…

He exhibited in his native Poland, Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Estonia, and Germany including at the respected Stroke urban art fair, as well as Moniker art fair.

Robert Proch lived and worked in Poznan, Poland. He died unexpectedly on July 17, 2019.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Where to go to?KIRK Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2014Art Herning ArtfairKIRK Gallery, Herning, DenmarkGroup
2014Les Enfants de KupkaPUTEAUX CITY HALL gallery, Puteaux, FranceGroup
2014Rewire GraffuturismEdinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
2013Time LagsKIRK Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkSolo
2013CrunchTHEOUTSIDERS Gallery, Newcastle, United KingdomGroup
2013Public Provocations VCOLAB Gallery, Weil am Rhein GermanyGroup
2013Scope ArtfairSCHWALBE&CHWALBE Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2013Urban LifeKIRK Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2013Turn the cornerOPENSPACE Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2013L’avernir GraffuturismWHITE WALLS Gallery, San Francisco, USAGroup
2012Group showKIRK Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2012Between DimensionsTHEOUTSIDERS Gallery, Newcastle, United KingdomSolo
2012Second Auction of Polish StreetartHOTEL HARENDA, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2012Beyond WallsANTONIO PRATES Gallery, Lisbon PortugalGroup
2012Stroke 06 Urban Art FairPRATERINSEL, Munich, GermanyGroup
2012Escape the Golden CageVienna, AustriaGroup
2012Wild At HeartTHINKSPACE Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2012Unfrisierte GedankenINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2012W NiedoczasieWARSZAWA WSCHODNIA, Warsaw, PolandSolo
20111st Auction of Polish StreetartSENATORSKA Gallery, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Stroke 04’ Urban Art FairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011Come insideSOHO Factory, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Graffiti vs Street artBRAIN DAMAGE Gallery, Lublin, PolandGroup
2011Kont ProjectTallin, EstoniaGroup
2011‘Stroke 05’ Urban Art FairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Urban TacticsDESIGN TERMINAL, Budapest, HungaryGroup
2010‘Stroke03’ Urban Art FairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Die Neue AvangardeINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2010PlaygroundZAK Gallery, Gdańsk, PolandSolo
2010‘Stroke 02’ Urban Art FairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010‘Jazz in free times’ duo show with SainterOPENLAB Gallery, Genova, ItalyDuo
2009‘Kunst im Tresor’ Urban Art fairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup
2009The World of Urban ArtJENZEN Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2009Groupshow JENZEN Gallery, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2009Stroke01 Urban Art FairINTOXICATED DEMONS Gallery, Munich, GermanyGroup