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Jan Tyniec

Born in 1960 in Warsaw, Poland. He received MFA degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1983) and Hunter College in New York (1989). Between 1986 and 2005 he lived and worked in New York City. Currently he lives in Pike County, Pennsylvania and Bali, Indonesia.

In recent years he traveled extensively to work on photography projects in the US, Indochina, Antarctica, Indonesia and China.

His photographs were shown recently in solo exhibitions: "Radiance Cycles" at River Gallery, Narrowsburg, New York (2007), "Bali - Full Circle", Klima Bochenska Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2004) Edward Carter Gallery and at the Collegiate School in New York (2003), "Indochina - Antarctica" at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia (2002); in group exhibitions: "Art on the Edge" at Hawley Silk Mill, PA (2011), "From Fire to Ice: Conflicting Concepts" at the Edward Carter Gallery (2003), "America the Beautiful", the Edward Carter Gallery, New York (2001), "Through the Lens of September 11", SoHo Photo, New York (2002), Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Cannan, CT (2001), "Not a Theme Show", Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh (2000)

Recent photographic portfolios by Tyniec: "Bonsai" (2009-cont.), "Full Circle: Bali" (2002-cont.), "Indefinite Boundary: Antarctica" (2001), "Indefinite Boundary: Desert" (1998-2000), "Designs for the Sky" (1997-cont.), "Designs for a Water Surface" (1996-cont.), "Mekong" (1996-cont.)

Tyniec's photographs of Hong Kong were published in the Guggenheim Magazine in the spring of 1997.

In 2002 and 2003 he was a guest artist at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia where his "Hari Baik" book project originated.

He was a guest artist at the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York in 1988 and a recipient of the Fulbright Educational Grant in 1986-87. His paintings, drawings and photographs can be found in private, corporate and public collections in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

In my works I have been avoiding storytelling and references of scale and time in order to unravel meaning. I remain most interested in exploring the relationships between culture and nature, or document (the perception of the real) and artifice (the deception of reality).

Photography allows me to create the most straightforward, yet highly personal images of water, sky, land, the lotus flower or a person within the context of landscape, beliefs and most importantly myth. My work process is very emotional and often challenging as I aim to establish a most intimate relationship and understanding of the subject.

Jan Tyniec