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Stanislaw Trzebinski

Hollow Promise VI, 2023

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Stanislaw Trzebinski

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Kenyan artist Stanislaw Trzebinski creates fantastical-sculptural works that explore human relationships with the natural world. Working primarily in bronze, his collectible furniture and sculpture express this intimate connection with nature, and in particular his fascination with marine life. Born in 1992 and raised in Mombasa, Trzebinski spent his childhood escaping the bustle of Nairobi to explore the wilderness of the Rift Valley and the East African coast. Immersed as much in its rich cultural heritage of Arabic, African and European influences as in the beauty of its biodiversity, he learnt to speak fluent Kiswahili and track animals. As a young boy, apart from tending to his menagerie of 70 animals, he spent summers diving off the tropical waters of Africa’s East coast, famous for its mangroves, coral reefs and marine life. Largely self-taught, Trzebinski uses both the lost-wax method and technologically driven techniques to create evocative bronze sculptures and artworks.

Exhibited at DESIGN MIAMI. 2023 With their luminous patinas, bulbous shapes and mouth-like openings, the Hollow Promise series of vessels imagine the strange new life-forms that might be found in a post-apocalyptic natural realm. They are strongly reminiscent of coral, inspired by his lifelong fascination with the ocean. The guiding thread of Trzebinski’s work to date has been an exploration of the symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural world and draws on his intensive exposure to wildlife whilst growing up in Kenya. Though he lived in the city, the pull of the ocean was ever-present. His father was an avid surfer and fisherman, and weekends were spent together free-diving, fishing and camping in Kenya's outdoors – inspiring a reverence for nature that has stayed with the artist ever since.

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