Roman Opałka / Opalka 1965/1 –
10.10 – 7.12.2003
October 10 – December 7, 2003

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Urodził się 27 sierpnia 1931 roku w Abbeville we Francji. W latach 1949-1950 studiował w Państwowej Wyższej Szkole Sztuk Plastycznych w Łodzi, a następnie w latach 1950-1956 w Akademii Sztuk Pięknych w Warszawie.
Od 1965 roku rozpoczął dzieło Opisanie świata - kolejne obrazy, Detale, są zapisem ciągów liczb naturalnych, zaplanowane jako praca do końca życia.
Malowaniu, a jednocześnie liczeniu towarzyszy fotografowanie twarzy artysty. Od 1977 roku na stałe mieszka we Francji. Jest laureatem wielu prestiżowych nagród Grand Prix na I Biennale grafiki w Bradford (1968), na X Biennale w So Paulo (1969), Grand Prix na III Międzynarodowym Biennale Grafiki w Krakowie (1970),
na XIV Biennale w So Paulo (1977).
Mieszka i pracuje we Francji.












Born  1931,  Abbeville,  France.
Educated in Poland, he studied at the Academy of fine Arts, Warsaw. Initially his reputation was as a printmaker. He won first prize at the Bradford Print Biennale, Yorkshire, England, in 1968 and the gold medal for graphic art in Zielona, Poland, in 1969. In 1970 he won both the grand prize at the International Biennale of graphic art in Cracow and a prize at the International Graphics Biennale in Tokyo. In 1973 he held his first museum exhibition at the Museum Folkwang, Essen. Since 1974 he has regularly held solo exhibitions with John Weber Gallery, New York. In 1974 he was given an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, which travelled to the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam. He was awarded a painting prize at the Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil, in 1978. He held exhibition in the Polish pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in France.
His works are in the collections of the MOMA, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, The National Gallery, Berlin, De Mesnil Foundation, Houston, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan and other institutions.
He paints a sequence of numbers to represent the passing of time. The canvas size, height and style of digits never changes. Opalka has now passed the five million mark with over 200 paintings, spending more than half of his life on this single oeuvre. It will be completed only when he dies. He records the numbers as he counts in Polish and photographs his face at the end of each day's painting session. The number paintings, photos, sound and texts are all elements Opalka uses for his installations on time.

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