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BIO

Marek Osedowski is an emerging Canadian visual artist specializing in representational and figurative painting, often weaving metaphor and allegory into symbolist portraiture. Currently working from Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), Alberta, he graduated with a BFA in Art & Design with distinction in 2020 from the University of Alberta and has since exhibited in Canada and across the United States in cities such as San Francisco and Philadelphia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Marek primarily works in New Contemporary and Surrealist portraiture. Inspired by his fascination with alchemical illustration and other forms of esoterica, he uses diverse imagery and symbols to hint at cryptic narratives. Drawing upon sources including the Symbolists and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to Art Nouveau, he aspires to explore a balance between old-world mysticism and contemporary matters.
Marek's practice regularly merges and contrasts highly rendered areas with looser or more illustrative ones. Accordingly, although his primary medium and first love remains oil painting, his work also sometimes incorporates aspects of mixed media to explore these comparisons and communicate the layered symbols and narratives depicted therein.

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EDUCATION
2016 - 2020    BFA Art & Design, University of Alberta

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
July 2024   
 Monochromagic 7 WOW x WOW
(Virtual)
June 2024    Beyond Tides 3 ARCH ENEMY ARTS
Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 2024    The Portrait Show 12: Myth MODERN EDEN GALLERY
San Francisco, CA, USA
February 2024    Undercurrents WOW x WOW
(Virtual)
January 2024    Surreal Salon 16 BATON ROUGE GALLERY
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
October 2023    Remnants MYARTISREAL
(Virtual)
June 2021    
The Portrait Show IX MODERN EDEN GALLERY
San Francisco, CA, USA

March 2021    AEA 2021 Spotlight Showcase ARCH ENEMY ARTS
Philadelphia, PA, USA

January 2021    Art from the Unknown
Edmonton, AB, Canada (Virtual)

September 2020    Community Heroes SOUTHGATE CENTRE
Edmonton, AB, Canada

June 2020    Breathing Room FAB GALLERY, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada (Virtual)

May 2020    Incidental Folds SNAP GALLERY
Edmonton, AB, Canada (Virtual)


AWARDS
2023    Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Founders’ Emerging Artist Award (Finalist)
2020    BMO 1st ART! Prize (Nominee)

PUBLICATIONS
Modern Eden Gallery Celebrates THE PORTRAIT SHOW 12: MYTH
Art Prize 2023: Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Founders’ Emerging Artist Award Finalists Announced
Art gallery in a parkade: New apartment complex features handcrafted murals
Modern Eden Gallery Presents ‘The Portrait Show IX’
Pandemic art project a tribute to front-line workers


SELECTED COLLECTIONS/CLIENTS
Procura Real Estate (Louvre at Century Park)
Ivanhoé Cambridge (Southgate Centre)
University of Alberta Art Collection (Printmaking)

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