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Paper paintings by Albin Talik

Albin Talik : The technique that I use is called: paper painting. This is something based on a collage. I’m trying to get the effect of oil painting with irregular brushstrokes. My works are made up of thousands of pieces of paper. Completion of such an image takes me between one week and one month depending on the degree of complexity. The format is 70 X 100 cm and everything is covered with a large amount of glue.

My name is Albin Talik. I was born in 1980 in Poland. I live and work in Cracow. For years, the main area of my work was the music. I played rock music and I wanted to be a rock star. That was my dream. Unfortunately, for many reasons it did not work out. But I still have a home recording studio and I produce music for various projects (games, theater performances, animations). I also create  illustrations for animated  videos. At the age of 30 I decided to try my luck at visual arts, and began searching for my place in the field. Note, that I had never picked up a pencil or tried to draw. It came just like that. My girlfriend talked me into painting lessons and suggested the idea of making collages.


I share my pictures on different cycles. I started with portraits of friends and family. I’m currently working on a series called: Rumination. Rumination is similar to worry except it focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past. I try to show a man struggling with their weaknesses, loneliness, alcohol, stimulants, the man who meditates on the meaning of existence. The heroes of my paintings often wear masks. They are a symbol of thought, passing through life. In my work I try to encourage the viewer to think about what is really important in life.

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