Olga Urbanek

Photographer, Poland

Olga Urbanek is a photographer who works and lives in Berlin, Germany.
Polish artist Olga Urbanek’s photographic work is deeply inspired by the world of painting, accompanied by fusions of various artistic traditions including ancient Greece, the Renaissance as well as the thought-provoking landscapes of surrealism. Although he collaborates with musicians and artists from different disciplines and backgrounds, self-portraiture is a significant part of his work. Between cheerful colour palettes and surreal landscapes lies a subtle complexity, a second layer of meaning.
Enigmatic figures and a touch of vibrant colour result in a visual tapestry urging the viewer to explore the boundaries between dream and reality.

EDUCATION

Photography, Neue Schule für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany.
TV and Film Production, Academy of Film and Television, Warsaw, Poland.
  Art History, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023 Dreamscapes Contours, Beyond Reality, Berlin, Germany.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 Portrait of The Self, COPA Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand.
Hidden Actions, Flow Art House, Warsaw, Poland.
Peep Show, PS15, Berlin, Germany.
2022 Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London, UK.
2019 Month of Photography, Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles, USA.
Sony World Photography Awards, Somerset House, London, UK.
2018 The Independent Photographer Annual Exhibition, CLB Berlin, Germany.
Portraits Without Faces, PH 21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2022 Sony World Photography Awards, Portraiture category, Finalist Open competition.
2021 The Independent’s Photographer’s Portrait Awards, Finalist.
2020 The Independent’s Photographer’s Black and White Awards, Finalist.
2019 Sony World Photography Awards, Portraiture category, Finalist Open competition.
2018 The Independent Photographer’s Portrait Photography Award, 1st Prize Winner.
Chromatic Awards, 1st Prize Winner in Fine Art.

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2023 Obracadobra, Oaxaca City, Mexico.

BOOKS & CATALOGUES

2022 Sony World Photography Awards book UK.
2019 Sony World Photography Awards book UK.

PRESS

The Washington Post, USA.
Vogue, Germany.
Vogue, Italy.
Vogue, Poland.
Acumen, France.
Elle magazine, Poland.
Vice magazine, Poland.
Art Monitor, Poland.
PAP Magazine, Italy.
Usta Magazine, Poland.
HA Magazine, Iceland.
KMAG Magazine, Poland.
The Kunst Magazine, USA.
The Kalblut Magazine, Germany.
Aesthetica Magazine, UK.
Wysokie Obcasy, Poland.
PHROOM Magazine, Italy.
C41 magazine, Italy.

Selected artwork by Olga Urbanek

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