Mikołaj Stojanowicz (b. 1998) is a Polish multidisciplinary artist based in Rotterdam. Born into the colourless landscape of Soviet apartment flats and raised by the Internet and video games, Miko’s work portrays the world of dreams and liminality. With a focus on fleeting attention spans, he designs his work to immediately capture the viewer’s gaze, using minimal visual data. His pieces feature high contrast and a lack of smoothness or shade, with stories told through paintings, murals, and computer graphics.

In his practice, Miko explores the unconscious through a lens of digitalism. His works reflect a mental limbo, a place of transition and self-reflection in which physical and mental space are both liminal. Our limited memory stores everything in low resolution, which is reflected in his pixelated paintings and drawings. He works with computer programs as well as classic artist materials, using acrylic paint, rollers, and brushes to better understand the digitality of our age. His works are connected by a balance between a calculated form language and the chaos of imperfection, making them detached from a specific time. Through this post-digital way of working, Miko creates relationships between online and offline, digital and non-digital, and material and immaterial. Anyone who has grown up in our digital culture will immediately recognize the pixelated abstracted imagery of his figures.

mikolaj@stojanowicz.com

Curriculum Vitae

Work

Stojanowicz / Freelance Practice
AUGUST 2017 – PRESENT, ROTTERDAM

Stephan Bontje / Artist Apprentice
FEBRUARY 2022 – JUNE 2022, ROTTERDAM

Robert Rost / Artist Apprentice
AUGUST 2018 – JULY 2019,  ROTTERDAM

Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions

Ongoing exhibitions
01.2022 – (Im)material Ruins – Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Past exhibitions
2022 – Crisiskunst 010 – Galerie Niffo, Rotterdam
2022 – Radio Ruins – Time is The New Space, Rotterdam
2022 – Unfolding Spaces – Westwerk Gallery, Hamburg
2022 – Trash in The Yard – Arboretum Trompenburg, Rotterdam
2022 – Kunstprijs Charlois – Karel de Stouteplein, Rotterdam
2022 – Heart Work Heroes – Schouwburgplein, Rotterdam
2022 – Eigen Domein – LOU Oudenoord, Utrecht
2022 – Place to Be – Galerie Pouloeuff, Naarden
2021 – House Peace – Hotel Mokum, Amsterdam
2021 – Dit is Culture – Red Floor Gallery, Rotterdam
2021 – Nextile – Ijzerblok, Rotterdam
2021 – Filling The Void – Wibar, Leiden
2019 – Hectobar 3.0 – Neck of the Woods, Rotterdam
2019 – 50 Ways – Red Floor Gallery, Rotterdam
2018 – Kunstprijs Charlois – Cultuurcentrum Tarwewijk, Rotterdam

Work in collections
2018 – Permanent collection. Delftse Poort, Rotterdam

Residencies

European Cultural Academy / ‘Water Everywhere’ Field Lab
OCTOBER 2021, VENICE

Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL) / Summer Studio
JULY 2021, ROTTERDAM

Awards

Zomerondernemer / Best Corporate Movie 2019
NOVEMBER 2019, UTRECHT

Selected clients

Winsor & Newton, Liquitex, The Fine Art Collective, Heart Work Heroes, Pubblik & Vos, City Dressing Rotterdam.

Education

Willem de Kooning Academie / BA Illustration
SEP 2019 – JUL 2023, ROTTERDAM

Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam / Mediavormgeven
SEP 2016 – JUL 2019, ROTTERDAM