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Igor Dobrowolski Biography

Born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, Dobrowolski has long drawn from the aesthetics of his childhood hometown for inspiration. Delicately shaded large-scale paintings in monochrome hues are often layered with overlapping body parts or dream-like imagery. Inspired by Dalí and Escher as a child, Dobrowolski spent hours indoors sketching; drawing from his family's collection of art books which had a profound influence on his practice.

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'At that time, I was reading about what was going on in the world and I was struck by the trauma, the pain, the suffering – I wanted to do something. It was my way of expressing myself and I felt it in my heart. I was just painting and sleeping. Painting and sleeping. Trying to make a difference.'

Motivated by the desire to convey true stories, Dobrowolski launched a series of street art campaigns in different countries, using his art to juxtapose Western consumerism with human suffering. Billboards evoked the detrimental impact of fast fashion, specifically the collapse of the Bangladesh garment factory Rana Plaza which resulted in the death of over 1,000 workers. Another campaign 'Christmas in Yemen' was produced in Berlin in 2017 which included materialistic scenes collaged with scenes of war and poverty. 'I just want to give a voice to the voiceless. Because for many, the world is a merciless thing.'

Dobrowolski's work has been exhibited in Miami, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Berlin, Rzeszów and London and can be found in the private collections of numerous celebrities including Channing Tatum, Gigi Hadid, and Nicole Scherzinger. In June 2019, Dobrowolski collaborated with internationally recognised band 5 Seconds of Summer for a live painting masterclass. In 2020, Igor Dobrowolski will exhibit the first solo exhibition in Asia at GIN HUANG Gallery.

'It is very important for me to include, in all of my works a particle of hope, because I believe it's going to be 'better.' Even after the greatest tragedies.'

Text courtesy Gin Huang Gallery.

Exhibition view: Igor Dobrowolski, INNER STATES, Gin Huang Gallery, Taipei (18 November–18 December 2021). Courtesy Gin Huang Gallery.  

Igor Dobrowolski Featured Artworks

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Ego by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork sculpture
Igor DobrowolskiEgo, 2019Wood, aluminum, resin, chrome plated
180 x 170 cm
Sold
Gin Huang Gallery
My Light Next To The Darkness by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Igor DobrowolskiMy Light Next To The Darkness, 2020Oil on canvas
180 x 70 cm
Maddox Gallery Contact Gallery
Pass The Trauma by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Igor DobrowolskiPass The Trauma, 2019Oil on canvas
175 x 122 x 5 cm
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I Like My Body by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork sculpture
Igor DobrowolskiI Like My Body, 2021Wood, aluminum, resin, chrome plated
130 x 100 cm
Sold
Gin Huang Gallery
Soft Pencil by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork sculpture
Igor DobrowolskiSoft Pencil, 2021Wood, aluminum, resin, chrome plated
130 x 100 cm
Not for sale
Gin Huang Gallery
Światła Telewizorów (TV Lights) by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork sculpture
Igor DobrowolskiŚwiatła Telewizorów (TV Lights), 2021Wood, aluminum, resin, chrome plated
130 x 100 cm
Gin Huang Gallery Contact Gallery
Fragile Mirror by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork painting
Igor DobrowolskiFragile Mirror, 2019Oil on linen canvas
177 x 120 x 4.5 cm
Maddox Gallery Contact Gallery
Dry Your Eyes by Igor Dobrowolski contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Igor DobrowolskiDry Your Eyes, 2018Oil on plywood
150 x 105 cm
Maddox Gallery Contact Gallery

Igor Dobrowolski Current & Recent Exhibitions

Igor Dobrowolski Represented By

Maddox Gallery contemporary art gallery in Maddox Street, London, United Kingdom Maddox Gallery Gstaad, London, Los Angeles

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