Krzysztof Gil
Krzysztof Gil - born in 1982, comes from Bergitka Roma group. Graduate at School of Arts of Józef Kluzy in Krakow, currently a third year graphics student at Academy of Fine Arts of Jan Metejko in Krakow. He grew up at Topolawa district in Nowy Targ, where many Roma lives. Although most of his peers chooses a different way of life, he managed to avoid negative influences thanks to his talent. He is a rare example of a young Roma, aware of the value of his gift, who know how to find himself in the contemporary world. It turns out that talent, or extraordinary skills, could be a peaceful weapon against prejudices and negative stereotypes. It could work as a lift to a better life, as well as an example for the other Roma,- giving them the faith and strength in the strive to achieve his dreams. Although very young, artistically gifted Roma has already proven quite successful. He was a guest at the Presidencial Palace as one of twelve gifted Roma children, received a scholarship from the Foundation "Communication without barriers" and from the Jolanta and Aleksander Kwaśniewski. He was assisted by Dr. Hans Guggenheim patronage from United States in 2004-2007, which allowed him to attend classes in drawing and art history in Krakow. Has had many exhibitions, and his career is growing rapidly. Most of works of Krzysztof Gil combines several different techniques. He reconciles naturally graphic and painting art. Therefore, much work is a combination of drawing with pencil, ink or the effects of tempera paint, acrylics, etc. Drawing is usually carefully constructed, with a large attachment to realism - is complied from painting abstract forms or flat painted synthetic components of the composition. Despite the realism, Krzysztof draws only the most significant elements for the composition and for commissioning the nature of the model. The portraits are not only trying to give physical similarity of the models, but also a state of mind and mood. He is an artist who likes to experiment withe different techniques, paintings, drawings or graphics and combine them into a coherent whole. As he says: "The theme of my work is the human figure through which I try to show my own emotions, my thoughts on the intriguing to me questions about the reality around me; in a sense, each picture represent my emotional self-portrait - which is changing over time through exploring new means of artistic expression. I draw inspiration from the immediate environment, and therefore in my work interweaves elements of folklore of the Roma. I am portraying a person of interest to me through which I want to show the Roma culture in the way I perceive it from the perspective of a young Roma".