- born 1959
- born in Łódź
- lives and works in Paris
- specialises in applied graphics, including posters and book covers
“From 3 to 5 seconds….it’s the time a poster artist has for a dialogue with a passer-by”.
In the years 1979‒1985, he studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the State Higher School of Arts in Łódź. He obtained his diploma in the Poster Design Studio of Professor Bogusław Balicki. In 1987, he moved to Paris, where he has been living and working until now.
He has had many individual exhibitions organised in Poland (Lublin, Łódź, Reszel and Warsaw) and abroad (Barcelona, Brssels, Chongqing, Douarnenez, La Puebla, Pachuca, Paris, Beijing and Quebec). He has also taken part in many group exhibitions organised in Berlin, Glasgow, Krakow, La Paz, Łódź, Paris, Poznań, Sarajevo, Sofia, Warsaw and Wrocław.
The most important prizes and distinctions: the audience prize at the International Poster Festival, Chaumont, 1996; 3rd prize in the “Childhood is not a child” competition organised by the Poster Museum in Essen, 1998; 2nd prize at the International Poster Festival, Chaumont, 1999; 3rd prize at the International Poster Triennial, Sofia, 2001; 1st prize at the International Poster Festival, Chaumont, 2004; silver medal at the International Poster Biennial, Chicago, 2008; 3rd prize at the International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 2008; 1st prize at the International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 2010; the main prize in the “Outstanding Pole in France” competition in Culture category, Paris, 2017.
The art of Michał Batory is set in Surrealism. Using collage and photomontage techniques typical for this artistic tradition, the artist creates image structures breaking up with viewer’s habits and evoking a perceptive and semantic astonishment in the viewer. The source of this astonishment is an incoherent combination of fragments of figures and objects. Through this clash of elements not co-existing in every day reality, a poetic and surreal dimension of the presented world is revealed. The effect is strengthened by the use of forms in a macro scale intensifying their expressive value. The composition rigour, the asceticism of representational motifs used as well as care for creating of typically “constructive” links between elements and the manner of solving typographic problems indicate that the artist also reaches to solutions of constructivist art, thus, mixing two separate 20th century artistic traditions – the rational one with the emotional and subjective one.
Michał Batory Gallery
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