Krzysztof Kokoryn: Exhibitions
A Roman holiday in the middle of winter? Krzysztof Kokoryn brings to life dreams of sunshine, beauty and the Italian lifestyle. Instead of a plane ticket, a series of Roman paintings.
The tango as an excuse
The theme of this exhibition is the tango, the most sensuous dance in the world. Seductive, sexy, filled with desire and jealousy, a desire for power, the wish to dominate the partner but also a longing for love and intimacy. He and she, the story that unfolds between them on the dance floor for a few moments.
All That Jazz
Portraits of musicians, bands and instruments by Krzysztof Kokoryn are being exhibited at the Levekusen Jazz Festival near Cologne. Kokoryn is excellent at translating sounds, rhythm and the concert atmosphere into the language of painting. Being a friend of many musicians (e.g. famous for Voo Voo’s videoclips), he does not paint without music.
An Uncontrollable Midsummer Night’s Dream
After last year’s retrospective exhibition in BWA Gallery in Bielsko-Biała, Krzysztof Kokoryn was once more given space that allowed him to go crazy again. This time it was in the Slovak town of Liptovský Mikuláš, in Michal Bohun’s Gallery.
Guitarists and drummers, wild beasts, green grass and matted groves, plus a decent amount of alcohol (or what’s left of it) – bottles with colourful labels and a dose of energising music. Never before has such a broad retrospective of Krzysztof Kokoryn’s art been shown under one roof. In July 2008 the BWA Gallery in Bielsko-Biała presented a wide range of his artistic activities.
Picture is festivity
Krzysztof Kokoryn’s manners are that of an anarchist. Yuppies from all over Europe are crazy about his paintings, indeed, but to be invited by any of them to a chic dinner - he wouldn’t accept such kind of things. He’d reject it in favour of a glass of beer in a cheap pub in a company of the Academy students and friends - the maudits, misunderstood by the middle class.
I am a busy man and don’t quite much socialise with others. So when I recognised my own self in a picture by Kokoryn, I was astonished. To get portrayed by Kokoryn has been a privilege o musicians, vagabonds, storytellers sitting around joints, or, young girls; at least this is what I always thought.