Franek Wardyński (b. 1989) is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based between London, Warsaw and Stockholm. Wardyński’s main focus is ways of narrating, through critical art explorations, field projects and research adventures. He explores concepts such as cannibalisation of culture, land art and matters of translation, through a diverse range of media as well as printmaking, sculpture and performance.
Educated at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Wardyński founded his studio in 2015. During the past years, Wardyński has engaged in multiple art residencies and field projects, such as the Alps Art Academy for Land and Environmental Art, Switzerland and the Land Arts of the American West program 2019, as well as the Land Arts Adaptation program 2020, Texas, USA.
Specialising in visual experiences and new perspectives, his work incorporates multi-media creations and installations for museums, theatres and operas.
His work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries such as the Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, //Galerie 102, Berlin, Art Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah, Art Safiental Biennale, Switzerland, Convex Warehouse, Kyoto, SW1 Gallery, London and TR Warszawa, Warsaw.
Wardyński is also a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art London, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art, where he teaches Critical Practice, Visual Communication and Graphic Design.
He has worked with the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Art, Paju Typography Institute, Book From the Future, Flying Object, Dazed & Confused, Stylus.com, Paradise Row, Spread the Word, Open School East, Åbäke, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, Clayground Collective, Warsaw Bar Project, Lonely Planet, Warszawska Jesień, Camden Council, RISE Projects, Walford Wilkie, Hand & Eye Letterpress, Centre for Possible Studies (Serpentine gallery).
The Inherited Earth, Fe26, Tinos, Greece, 2023.
Crystal Portraits (solo), Long People’s Press, Warsaw, 2023.
Superflumina, NODO/New Opera Days Ostrava festival, Ostrava, 2022.
The Happy Death of Images: Camp Amateur, Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, Łódź Fotofestival, Łódź, 2022.
Leftover (solo), Long People’s Press, Warsaw, 2022.
Keine Stille, Opera, Mannheim National Theatre, Mannheim, 2022.
Over the Structures, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2022.
8th International Exhibition on New Media Art, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea, 2022.
Reunification of the Motherland, aCinema Space, online, 2021.
Gold Stop, 3 Shots: The Triptych Photography Festival, Online/Milan, 2021.
Abandoned, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A, 2021.
The Poetry of the Ordinary, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont, U.S.A., 2021.
Concrete Dreams II, GONG Galerija, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 2021.
After Dark, Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center, Minneapolis, 2020–21.
Vermilion Calm, Opera, Instytut Grotowskiego, Wrocław, 2020.
Industrial Heritage, Photonic Moments Festival, Photon Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, 2020.
Feature Shot Street Photography Award, New York City, 2020.
The Contemporary Landscapes, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, 2020.
Land Arts 2019, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2020.
Bivouac: Marfa, Marfa, Texas, 2019.
V&A Exhibition Road Day of Design, London Design Festival, 2019.
Stranger Than Fiction, Millepiani Loosen Art, Rome, 2019.
Reunification of the Motherland (Solo), South Kiosk, London, 2018.
RCA Secret 2018, Dyson Gallery, London, 2018.
Tinted Lines (Solo), //Galerie 102, Berlin, 2018.
Ahat Ilī – Sister of Gods, Sacrum Profanum Festival, Kraków, 2018.
Horizontal—Vertical, Art Safientale Biennale, Safiental, 2018.
Living in Hyperreality, FaB 1, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, Bath, 2018.
Chelsea#6, Triangle Gallery, London, 2018.
B.Y.O.B., Openform.space, London, 2017.
RCA Secret 2017, Dyson Gallery, London, 2017.
Performance Society, The Evening Classes, London, 2017.
Language Game[s], Chelsea College of Art, London, 2017.
Practices of Enquiry, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2016.
Ridley Road Records, Doomed Gallery, London, 2016
The Air is not Visible, Royal College of Art, London, 2016.
RCA Secret Dubai, ART DUBAI MINA A’ SALAM, Dubai, 2016.
Ecologies of Publishing Futures, Royal College of Art, London 2015.
Theater SCOPE Project #03, Convex Warehouse, Kyoto, 2015.
Seascapes, Royal College of Art, London, 2015.
Show 2015, Royal College of Art, London, 2015.
Balance Sheets, Eduard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015.
Hyperstore 2, Holdron's Arcade, London, 2015.
Hyperstore 1, What's Next?, London, 2015.
The Isle of Lost and Found, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London 2015.
Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London 2015.
Show 2, Central Saint Martins, London, 2012.
Nova Awards Show, SW1 Gallery, London, 2012.
The Third Factor, Sassoon Gallery, London, 2011.
Few and Far Between, The Rag Factory, London, 2011.
Szalony Sen Cukiernika (Solo), TR WARSZAWA, Warsaw, 2010.
The Inherited Earth, Fe26 Residency, Tinos, Greece, 2023.
Camp Amateur, Muzeum Książki Artystycznej, Łódź Fotofestival, Łódź, 2022.
Land Arts of the American West, Lubbock, Texas, 2019-2020.
Galerie 102, Berlin, 2018.
Alps Art Academy, Safiental, 2018.
2022 — Lecturer at School of Ideas, SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland.
2022 — Lecturer at School of Form, SWPS University, Warsaw, Poland.
2022 — Lecturer at Design Nature Summer School, Sobole, Poland.
2019 — WeDesign.org, Member of teaching faculty.
2018 — Books From the Future, Summer School, London.
2018 — Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
2017 — Visiting Lecturer at MA Graphic Design Communications, Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London.
2016 — Visiting Lecturer at Royal College of Art, MA Visual Communication, London.
2015 — Teaching and leading design workshops at Paju Typography Institute, Ulsan University and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.
2015 — Visiting Lecturer at Three Dimensional (3D) Design BA, Bath Spa University.
Press and links:
Brave New World: New Media Art 2023, CICA Museum Press, 2023
Nature of Product, Architecture Snob, vol. 4/2022
V&A Exhibition Road Day of Design 2019
Theatre SCOPE PROJECT #03, Theatre Scope Projects
Balance Sheets, Mousse Magazine
Balance Sheets, South China Morning Post
Balance Sheets, Eduard Malingue Gallery
Hyperstore, Art licks
Ur Life, Central Saint Martins
Nova Award, Little Black Book
Nova Award, Central Saint Martins
Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art
Degree Shows, Central Saint Martins, Creative Review
2020 – Finalist of Photon Industrial Heritage Award, Centre for Contemporary Photography,
2020 – Winner of Street Photography Awards, Feature Shot, New York City, USA.
2012 – Finalist of Nova Award, the Lowe and Partners Awards for Fresh Creative Talent.
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Land Arts of The American West,
College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, 2020.
MA Visual Communication
The Royal College of Art, 2015.
BA Graphic Design
Central Saint Martins, 2012.
Foundation Diploma (Distinction)
London College of Communication, 2009.