Kaja Renkas
© Kaja Renkas | Surrealism in Polish posters | Art Exhibition Office in Tarnów | 2014

Kaja Renkas

  • born 1978
  • born in Chorzów
  • lives and works in Chorzów
  • specialises in posters, graphic design, workshop graphics and painting

“Colour is everywhere, even in a black and white, drab, muddy world and the greatest adventure is still discovering it anew”.

She studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. She obtained her diploma with distinctions in 2004 in the Workshop Graphics Studio of Professor Waldemar Węgrzyn and an annex to the diploma in the Poster Design Studio of Professor Roman Kalarus. At the same time, she studied painting at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Currently, she works in the position of an assistant professor in the Department of New Media in the Institute of Arts of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Silesia in Katowice.

She has presented her works in many individual and group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Bytom, Cieszyn, Chorzów, Gliwice, Iserlohn, Katowice, Koszyce, Krakow, La Paz, Lahti, Łódź, Minsk, Moscow, Oświęcim, Pecs, Płock, Prague, Remagen, Rybnik, Rzeszów, Saint Louis, Sofia, Tehran, Toyama, Trnava, Warsaw and Vilnius.

The characteristic feature of posters by Kaja Renkas is their grotesque and macabre mood of surrealistic origin. The visual form presented in a retro style is built through combination of originally strange elements in the collage technique, thanks to which the presented world obtains new semantic dimensions. The source of inspiration for the image concept understood in this way shall be sought in the works of Max Ernst in the periods of Dadaism and Surrealism. The artist uses various picture motifs from previous painting tradition as well as old photos, graphics and postcards, which, once scanned, are assembled into new formal and iconographic combinations. Except for computer techniques, she uses the means of artistic expression suitable for drawing, painting and graphics. Kaja Renkas also gives a characteristic colour to her posters. They are dominated by fading, steel-silver or sepia colour schemes, enlivened with delicate, faded pink, aquamarine, orange, red and blue. The posters bring to mind the mood of bygone, coloured, old photographs and postcards.

Kaja Renkas Gallery

© Kaja Renkas | SATYRYKON 2013 | Legnica Cultural Center | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | SATYRYKON 2013 | Legnica Cultural Center | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | Legnica Cantat | Legnica Cultural Center | 2014
© Kaja Renkas | Legnica Cantat | Legnica Cultural Center | 2014
© Kaja Renkas | Nauseous circus – Kaja Renkas | South Side Spaces | 2017
© Kaja Renkas | Nauseous circus – Kaja Renkas | South Side Spaces | 2017
© Kaja Renkas | Ryszard Kaja Theatre Posters | Palace in Rybna | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | Ryszard Kaja Theatre Posters | Palace in Rybna | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | Polish Poster Gallery in Wrocław | Polish Poster Gallery in Wrocław | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | Polish Poster Gallery in Wrocław | Polish Poster Gallery in Wrocław | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | The Bonds of Culture | Studio of the Kana Theatre | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | The Bonds of Culture | Studio of the Kana Theatre | 2013
© Kaja Renkas | 3 | The University of Silesia in Katowice | 2012
© Kaja Renkas | 3 | The University of Silesia in Katowice | 2012
© Kaja Renkas | Polnisch Poetisch | buch|bund bookshop in Berlin | 2014
© Kaja Renkas | Polnisch Poetisch | buch|bund bookshop in Berlin | 2014

More information about the artist: kajarenkas.com

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