I grew up moving from city to city, state to state and finally country to country. I have learned new accents, new languages, new cities and new friends every few years. I am home everywhere and nowhere.
In 1989, I saw the Berlin Wall fall behind the Iron Curtain in Poland, seeing the destruction of communism into true market capitalist freedom. The fall of fear had finally defeated the police state terror. I also studied surrealist theatre posters, which reflected the horror of the Holocaust, multiple border wars and the division of Poland geographically.
From the Communist statues, architecture and propaganda I learned fierceness in design, the power of lies and false idealism leading to impoverished grey life for all the people. Freedom is a major theme in my work as well as focusing on turning points in history.
In the 1990s, I got my start painting academically at Indiana University. I had the chance to study my late professor Tom Thomas do his latest abstracts right in class, which greatly influenced my first styles and stretched me to redefine art -- the true purpose of an artist.
In Spain, I studied masters like El Greco, Bosch, Velasquez and Goya in the world renowned Prado a full year and studied Islamic art on site in various medieval cities as well as classic Roman ruins. In Germany, I partied in the lively techno scene after the euphoria of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Belgium, I witnessed the birth of the Euro, which is now unraveling.
In 2000s, I relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and witnessed the continually growth and death of new companies in constant motion. It leaves a mark of constant change, thin family ties and immigrant culture I have been familiar with my whole life.