My name is Piotr Perski and I come from Poland. I came to Barcelona with a grant from the
Polish Ministry of Art and Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Spain, to do a PhD at the University
of Barcelona, Faculty of Fine Arts. I am currently finishing my PhD thesis at the University of
Barcelona. I completed my studies in Poland: a BA in Fine Arts at the Adam Mickiewicz
University in Poznan, Poland, and an MA in Fine Arts at Wl. Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in
Lodz, Poland. I have been living in Barcelona since 1998; I produce paintings and art projects
related to urban space and landscapes of the cities from Europe, USA and Asia. I have been
working at Metafora since 2000, as well as giving several art workshops in the USA: Lincoln
Academy, Maine (June, 2014), and in American and Polish schools in: New York, Long Island,
New Jersey, Connecticut (April, 2016).
My artistic mediums are drawing and painting. I really think these mediums permit an
expression in an immediate emotional and synthetic way, every subject from a complex
contemporary world. But I love to try different art techniques like etching, printing,
photography, object making and performance. I think contemporary artists need to be open to
exploring different ideas, techniques and styles.
My last exhibition was at the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in New York, USA
(April 2016). It was an excellent place to show my body of work Transits, in a solo show. My
exhibition contained paintings, fingerprints (inviting audience participation), drawings and
frottage. I also currently have a drawing exhibition (documentation of performance) in the
Museum of Art in Cerdanyola de Valles-Barcelona until the end of May, 2016.
It is difficult for me to select just one favourite artist. I love all work by Spanish baroque artists,
because of the treatment of light and colour. As well as contemporary artists like Antoni Lopez,
because of his fantastic capacity to depict nature, and Marc Rothko (I love his empty large
fields of colour and the huge spiritual energy of his canvases) and Jerzy Nowosielski – a Polish
artist I am writing my PhD thesis about (I adore his contemporary profane synthesis of
Byzantium icons) and as well Marina Abramovich (her performances, and amazing capacity to
My role at Metafora is to run different art workshops on painting, drawing, performance and
installation, and to give personal and group tutorials. I really enjoy seeing my students discover
their powerful ideas and creating an environment to help them construct and develop their
personal and artistic growth.
In my opinion, a good art school should offer a variety of learning tools: meeting with ideas
and thoughts, techniques, art history, mediums, experienced teachers and artists. It should
offer an atmosphere in which students can discover and develop their own creative path from
the most personal and sincere position, and with a strong contemporary personal statement.
I would go to see a new collection at the Design Museum at the Plaza de Les Glories, and then
‘’Encants’’ flee market to try to find some unusual materials, which I can use, in my art or my