1973 born in Gdańsk
2004 graduated from the Painting Department of the Cracow Fine Arts Academy.
2005 3rd prize winner at the "Bielska Jesień" biennial of painting in Bielsko-Biała
2006 scholarship stay at the Vermont Studio Center - Full Fellowship Award

The painterly look of Bartek Materka is directed at the everyday visual adventures, but he especially concentrates on the deformations which the image of reality undergoes in our consciousness. Materka's works, which are usually created on the basis of photographs, are an analysis of the optical apparatus and the influences exerted on it by modern optic technologies and the methods of generating images (digital picture, television, microscopes, ASCII code). Another inspiration for the artist are the deformations of related to neurological disorders. Also predominant is the question of emotions from private life - the heroes of Materka's paintings are usually people from his closest milieu: his wife Joanna, son Tytus, female friends. Often these are exactly the emotions generated by the relations which find visualization in the paintings. This distorts both the paintings and images, overclouds them, makes them come apart and imposes one on top of the other, which, in turn, demands that different perspectives of perception and understanding be employed.

  Bartek Materka

Solo exhibitions:

- Raster, Warsaw, PL
- Everything Leaks (with Joanna Pawlik), Czarna Gallery, Warsaw, PL

- Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, PL
- Unfortunate day 1.09.2005, Fabryka Schindlera, Cracow, PL

- What did you see in this park? - Nothing, Raster, Warsaw, PL

Selected group exhibitions:

- Polish painting of the XXIst century, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
- Is it better to be a good artist or a good person, Rental gallery, Los Angeles, USA

- Revenge on realism, Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, A
- 37. Biennale Malarstwa "Bielska Jesień 2005", Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko-Biała, PL
- Chora Flora, Od Nowa Club, Torun, PL