Tomasz Jerzy Vetulani (born 21 December 1965)

Tomasz Vetulani is a Polish painter and sculptor. Born and educated in Kraków, Poland he moved to Utrecht, the Netherlands in 1991, and he has been living and working there as a visual artist. 

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Life and work

He graduated from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting in 1991. During his studies there  he spent two academic semesters at the University of Haifa in Israel (1989-90).  In 1992–1993 he followed courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, holding a scholarship from the Flemish Community of Belgium and the Ministry of Culture of Poland.

His works have been shown at individual and collective exhibitions in Poland, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, including at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Galeria BWA in Bielsko-Biała, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery for Contemporary Art, Krakow, Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, Deutsches Textilmuseum in Krefeld, Germany and Hordaland Kunstnersentrum in Bergen, Norway. Since 2014, he exhibits regularily at the Galeria Olympia in Kraków.

In his painting, among other techniques, Vetulani uses ink and acrylic paint combined with photographs. He works with oil paint and also uses black silicone as a medium. He paints on canvas, wood, zinc plates and sponge-foam. Interviewed in 1998, he said about working on sponge: “ it's a simple, light material and always ready to use. The colour and texture meet my aesthetic requirements and it has a lot of volume. Physically it is very present in the space. The ink and paint are immediately absorbed into the foam surface, making any corrections useless. It is a material which lends itself to quick application and is particularly good for spontaneous sketching with paint squeezed directly from the tube. The fact that these works will not last (sponge is not a very durable material) does not deter me; it suits the character of the work very well and to an extent reflects my ideas about art”. His sculptures are made of bronze, steel, hot-glue and packing tape. He is inspired by animals and people as well as religious architecture and the surrounding Dutch nature and landscape.

Selected solo exhibitions:

2014 - Galeria Olympia, Kraków, Poland

2013 - Galerie Niek Waterbolk, Utrecht, Netherland

2011 - Galeria Sztuki Wspólczesnej, Opole, Poland

2009 - Solo tentoonstelling Windesheim, Zwolle, Netherland

2005 - EM Galerie, Kollum, Netherland

2003 - Galerie Besselaar, Utrecht, Netherland

2001 - INTERDRUCK Schipper+Patitz, Leipzig, Germany

2001 - Expositieruimte Stichting 1/2, Rotterdam Netherland

2000 - Galerie De Verrasing, Utrecht, Netherland

1999 - Galleri Allmenningen, Bergen, Norway

1997 - Hordaland Kunstnersentrum, Bergen, Norway

1996 - Sluijmer & Van Leeuwen, Utrecht, Netherland

1994 - Moira, Utrecht, Netherland

Selected group exhibitions:

2020/21 - MOCAK, Museum Of Contemporary Art Kraków

2005 - ART Poznan, Poznań, Poland

2003 - Deutsches Textil Museum, "Kirche und Design", Krefeld, Germany

2002 - BWA Sopot, "Daniel Chodowiecki/Gunther Grass Graphics Competition", Sopot, Poland

1999 - Galerie de Verrasing, Utrecht, Netherland

1998 - CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa, Poland

1997 - "Krajobraz końca XX wieku", Bielska Jesień,
"End of Century Landscape", Galeria BWA, Bydgoszcz, Poland

1995 - "Krąg", Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

1994 - Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko - Biała, Poland

1995 - "Krąg", Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland

1992 - Stawski Gallery, Palace of Art, Kraków, Poland