Pav Szymanski MA Fine Art Digital with distinction (UAL), BPhil (Ed) (EXON), Cert Ed (EXON)
Painter & Lecturer
I am a fine art painter and video artist with 30 years of experience. My current research project is based on creating visual responses to my observations of people, who are suspended in the vacuum of hypnotic repetition. I have travelled the world interviewing and recording individuals, who genuinely struggle with their existence in the context of their survival. I have gathered substantial primary sources and evidence from destinations across the globe. Perhaps, the most significant research findings were from Haiti and Myanmar and resulted in the production of the most spectacular paintings. They have inspired me to develop new and innovative ways of working and experimenting with image making, which are appropriate to the subject. They combine the best of traditional achievements and the power of contemporary thinking and deep reflection.
I work full time as a programme coordinator for Art & Design at a large institution offering a broad range of Further and Higher Education qualifications. I am also an external examiner for the University of The Arts, London and Academic Qualifications Alliance.
I have been awarded the International Vision Collector’s Award and the Power of Creativity Art Prize by the Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
Through my projects I feel that I discover my inner fears, longings and re-evaluate my uncertainties. My work seems to be an attempt to explore and question by metaphorical presentation my response to the hidden truths of the world. The essence of the value of these works is in their inherent meaning and an atmosphere, which manifests itself in the dusk of the space portrayed, thus the light may appear, where the hue of colour fulfils clarity and sounds with harmonious melody.
This painting captures the poignant story of Rui, an aging single mother of three living in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau. Despite her daily struggles, Rui clings to the hope that she can improve her life and prospects by seducing a foreign man. In this portrait, she has adorned herself in her best dress and put on her makeup to go out to a night club called Tabanka, where she searches for her next dream.
This is my attempt to beautifully capture the essence of Rui’s story in this painting, conveying both the strength and vulnerability of this woman. The rich colors and intricate details of the piece draw the viewer into Rui’s world, evoking a sense of empathy and understanding for her struggles.
Through this work of art, I try to remind the world of the harsh realities that many women like Rui face every day, and the lengths they are forced to go to in order to survive. This painting is a powerful tribute to the resilience and strength of women in the face of adversity, and a testament to the transformative power of art in capturing the human experience.
Contemporary Arts Curator recognised my contribution to the contemporary art practice and published my profile in their new book titled Voices of Tomorrow.
For over three decades, I have established myself as a leading fine art painter and video artist, with an unwavering commitment to exploring the human condition through my work. In my current research project, I delve deep into the vacuum of hypnotic repetition, seeking to capture the essence of people suspended in this state of being. I travel the world, interviewing and recording individuals who struggle to exist in the context of their survival. This research has led to ground-breaking primary sources and evidence, with my most significant findings coming from places such as Haiti, Myanmar and Guinea Bissau. My resulting paintings are nothing short of spectacular, pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques to create innovative and captivating visual responses that blend the best of the old with the new.
Alongside my artistic pursuits, I work full-time as a programme coordinator for Art & Design at a reputable institution, which offers a broad range of Further and Higher Education qualifications. I am also an external examiner for the University of The Arts, London, and the Academic Qualifications Alliance. My expertise in the field has earned me recognition, including the International Vision Collector’s Award and the Power of Creativity Art Prize by the Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
With my unwavering passion for art and dedication to excellence, I continue to inspire and challenge others with my work and academic pursuits.
This painting depicts a powerful and heartbreaking story of a beautiful and single mother. Her turbulent life is full of betrayal, disappointment and pain. She struggles to survive in Bissau, a poor country where cultural traditions and economic competition make life even more challenging. My intentions are to highlight the difficulty of being a single parent in such a difficult environment, and the desire to find support, regain a full family and find love. Unfortunately, the woman’s attempt to seek solace at a local disco results in further abuse and humiliation, illustrating the harsh realities that many women face in similar situations. The painting serves as a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by those living in poverty, and the importance of addressing the complex social, economic, and cultural factors that perpetuate these challenges.
This painting is inspired by the story of young Theresa from Senegal. She works for a hotel and struggles to make ends meet with her minimal salary. To make more money, she is forced into a dark world of accompanying foreign men for a monetary incentive. The abuse she endures leaves physical marks on her body, but she remains strong and fights for every moment of her life.
To attract attention, Theresa covers herself with gold and fake designer labels, creating a look that is starkly different from her difficult reality. Despite the challenges she faces, she perseveres, determined to overcome her circumstances and find a better life.
COLLECTION AS A VERB Series of exhibitions with the joint title Collection as a Verb, which are created as a team effort, so as to redefine the concept of the museum and the social context in which it is situated.The exhibitions are not a completed project, but rather a process and a quick reaction to the events that surround us. After the exhibition SAD SONGS OF WAR dedicated to war and violence, COMRADESHIP opens up the theme of solidarity and compassion, the role of art and museums in improving the world. DANIJEL ŽEŽELJ: LIGHT BLACK / October 7 – November 20, 2022 The artist Danijel Žeželj has transformed the space of the MSU BLACK BOX into an environment that, to some extent, refers to The Head of the Deer, his latest comic book that evokes the permeations, connections and correlations between nature and society. It is about an immersive environment, a kind of embodied drawing. Žeželj is primarily considered a storyteller who uses images instead of words.
S2 NEW ERA – PLATEAURESIDUE / MAJA SMREKAR / ROBERTINA ŠEBJANIČ / TANJA VUJINOVIĆ / September 13 – October 30, 2022 The New Era exhibition presents the works female artistst and Slovenian art collective , who in their creative practices, consistently and continuously address the relationship between human and nature. The selected works provide a profound contemplation about anthropogenic interventions into natural environments and about current sociopolitical and economic structures of governance which are based on principles of infinite growth of production and consumption. IVANA PIPAL: INVISIBLE SPACES / September 27 – November 6, 2022 Ivana Pipal’s Invisible Spaces were created at the intersection of visual arts and psychotherapy, by translating research of the human psyche and its mechanisms into artistic speech. Relying on the experiences of neuroscience, psychotherapy, and psychology as well as various techniques for raising the awareness of presence, the artist has built a visual language as a tool for understanding the inner world, feelings, and abstract thinking.
S3 EXPERIENCE IN THE CROWD – RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION OF GORANKA MATIĆ / September 13 – October 30, 2022 The exhibition “Experience in the crowd” by the photographer and chronicler of events Goranka Matić with more than 500 photographs and other materials (archives, documentation, photo-essays) provides an insight into the social and cultural circumstances of Serbia, but also of the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s and 1990s. them. check our shop Notebook with the motive of photographer Tošo Dabac
My interview and a selection of work have just been published by Artist Talk Magazine. I have copied an extract from Milne Publishing below:
“Everyone featured within this issue has given interesting, in-depth, honest accounts about themselves, their work, views and ideas. In addition to the amazing images of the work they have produced, which I know the reader will enjoy and be inspired by.
The cover of this issue is by Mónica Esgueva, titled Connection.
We wanted to personally say thank you for being involved in this issue. It is fantastic showcasing your work. Thank you for trusting and allowing Artist Talk to showcase your work and words. This would not have been possible without you and all the artists. It means a lot and we look forward to seeing more of your work in the future. “
My portfolio on their website can be found by clicking on the link below: