(b. 1983 in Poznan, lives and works in Cape Town & Berlin)
“I believe I can be better than the machine.”
The street runs deeply in his blood. Urbanski left his days of full-time train bombing back in Berlin where he started writing in his teens and now creates large, shimmering, optically bending spaces composed from the architectural squares, triangles and hexagons of today’s contemporary built environment. The years as an undergraduate student in the very newly de-walled Berlin was a time of full-time devotion to graffiti for this Polish-born but German-homed artist. It was only after he had received his BA in Communication and Graphic Design (BTK-FH, Berlin) (2010) and set off to complete an MFA at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland (2012), that Urbanski left the train yards behind to pursue a more traditional form of painting full-time.
The works you see before you today are a culmination of that biography a testament to abstract art as a direct engagement with the world, not a withdrawal from it. Since his 2012 Residency in South Africa Urbanski has devoted his time to the streets, cultures and social interactions of his new home city, Cape Town.
Summer, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
A03 2034/538/18, solo, CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa
AB02 833/837/18, solo, Everard Read London, UK
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa
Summer, Everard Read / CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa
AB01 1703/62017, solo, CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa.
FNB Joburg Art Fair, Everard Read CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa
Summer Exhibition II, Everard Read London, United Kingdom
HARDLINE, CIRCA Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Southern Abstraction, Everard Read London, United Kingdom
Winter Collection, CIRCA Cape Town, South Africa
Spectrum, CIRCA Johannesburg, South Africa
HARDLINE, CIRCA Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
FNB Joburg Art Fair solo booth with Salon91. Selected Projects & Exhibitions. Johannesburg. South Africa.
AKKA Art Fair, Everard Read/ CIRCA Booth, Paris, France.
Paths, two-man exhibition with Tahiti Pehrson at Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa.
Bronze, Steal and Stone Everard Read, Johannesburg. South Africa.
Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa.
MINDGAME, a solo exhibition at Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa.
Turbine Art Fair with Salon91, Johannesburg. South Africa.
Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa.
A Vacant Passage, Works by Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski ,Salon91
Chance Visitor, Solo exhibition /A Word of Art, Cape Town. South Africa, Cape Town. South Africa
Neo-Maso, Geneva, Switzerland
Art Base, Art Festival, Berlin, Germany.
Living Walls, The City Speaks, Atlanta, Gerogia, USA
The Swarm exhibition, Vancouver, Canada
Process No. 14, Sabine Grizmek, Andrzej Urbanski and Carina Jo Sivager, Prozessgallerie, Berlin, Germany