Michal Martychowiec creates conceptual series of photographs, films, drawings, neons, objects, and mix-media installations and environments. He is a visiting lecturer at the Russian Institute of History of Art (Russian Academy of Sciences) in St. Petersburg and China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Martychowiec’s oeuvre is structured through a mix media practice and explores the field of history and historic narratives, and consequently foundation of cultural symbols and archetypes. Through these Martychowiec constructs an individual artistic language. The pursuit of meaning as such becomes pivotal and is placed within an existential framework.

The practice is arranged through projects consisting of individual narratives. At the same time these projects inform one another and their elements can be re-enacted and incorporated into later works where they acquire symbolic qualities.

Martychowiec’s practice sources ideas from philosophy (both oriental and occidental), history, history of art, history of religion, literature, contemporary culture and communication.



MA Fine Art (Distinction) | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design | London


Postgraduate Certificate in Photography | Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design | London


Foundation Diploma in Art and Design | London College of Communication

Selected exhibitions


Where does your heart belong? | Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst | Bremen

Do you believe in art? | MMS2 | Berlin (solo)


What remains the poets provide | Art Museum of NUA | Nanjing (solo)

Sous les pavés, la plage! | De Sarthe Gallery | Beijing (solo)

The urge to create visions 1929-2017 | Centre of Polish Sculpture | Oronsko

Neon revolution | Videoinsight Center | Turin

Image Dream Awakening | MMS2 | Berlin


Engel mit Sphinx Gesichten | MMS2 | Berlin (solo)

Magic of the square | National Gallery of Art | Sopot

Illegibility. The contexts of script | Art Stations Foundation | Poznan

Line | gif_lab Garage | Tokyo (solo)

the beginning the end | MMS2 | Berlin

Illegibility. Palimpsests | Pan Tadeusz Museum | Wroclaw

Everything about the contemporary is panda | TAGSTA Gallery | Fukuoka (solo)

Pure white | Galerie Tore Suessbier | Berlin


All is history | Dzialdov | Berlin (solo)

Spacetime | 9th Biennial of Photography | Zamek Culture Centre | Poznan

Utopia – Preterites of Contemporaneity  | Memorial Getúlio Vargas | Trio Biennial | Rio de Janeiro

Pré-Pénétrables | Signum Foundation Gallery | Lodz

Le gallerie veneziane e la fotografia  | Casa dei Tre Oci | Venice


I want to be a futurist | Videoinsight Center | Turin

When Empty Self Becomes Form | ts art projects | Berlin

Art for care: 11 video steps for your wellness – Format A/B | Videoinsight Center | Turin


Vanito Vanitas | Genshagen Stiftung | Genshagen (solo)

La Chambre de Labastrie | galleria upp | Venice (solo)

In memory | Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle | Warsaw (solo)

Pavilion 0 | Palazzo Doná | Venice

In memory | site-specific installation at KO-SO-YU | Yamashiro Onsen, Kaga, Japan (solo)


FUTURE, LANDSCAPE. A changing exhibition. II Fase | Forte Marghera – Parco del Contemporaneo | Venice


Blue Red Green | gift_lab | Tokyo (solo)

Nel mezzo del cammin | galleria upp | Venice (solo)

Stone in water | site-specific installation at Palazzo Rizzo Patarol | Boscolo Hotel | Venice (solo)

Destination | galleria upp | Venice (solo)


A theory of vision: A review | Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle | Warsaw

Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Patio Art Centre Lodz | 2nd Art & Documentation Festival (solo)


Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Palazzo Doná Signum Foundation | Venice (solo)

Awake and Dream | Palazzo Doná Signum Foundation | Venice

Works in collections

Signum Foundation | Venice/Poznan

Galerie Denise René| Paris

Cruz-Diez Foundation | Houston, Texas

British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection | London

Videoinsight Foundation | Turin

Collection GM | Lodz

Bank PEKAO SA | Warsaw

Siena Art Institute | Siena

Selected books

Paradigm Volume I – Genesis | Paradigm Publishing | Philadelphia 2014

Nel mezzo del cammin | Michal Martychowiec | galleria upp | Venice 2011

Awake and Dream. Documentation /photographs and films/ | Michal Martychowiec | Signum Foundation | Venice 2009