The Painting by Andrzej Żygadło. In the Retro Style?
Malarstwo Andrzeja Żygadły. W „stylu retro”?
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The article attempts to present the oeuvre of Andrzej Żygadło, who acts today in the Kraków artistic circle. The aforementioned artist, belonging to the youngest generation of artists (b. in 1988), is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting and the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Education which he acąuired studying in both faculties translates into his creative practice, sińce it connects the activities leading to the preservation of local (subcarpathian) cultural legacy with the activities in the field of painting, in which he undertakes issues from the history of the Polish-Ukrainian borderland. The history of monumental Orthodox churches and folk ceremonies, e.g. funeral rites as well as the ceremonies involving collective and indiyidual memory, have become his inspiration. The eschatological reflection which pervades his works is expressed by their iconography and formal Solutions. His works reflect the connection with the methods of depiction present in Polish painting of the turn of the i9th and 20th centuries. The creative strategy of the artist relies on originality. In addition, he simultaneously engages in a dialogue with present trends in Polish contemporary art (modern folklore, memorology).
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