"...ethnic tradition is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
you can reach out far, you can reach out near,
and the effect will always be amazing..."
The works of Piotr Pucylo are stylish, colorful and fluid. The viewer immediately feels
influences of Turkish and Middle Eastern dance in his work.
PIOTR PUCYLO was born in 1971 in Gdynia, Poland. From early years he
has been interested in art and cultures of the world. He grew up in the
time, when due to the socialism rule it was extremely difficult to
learn about other cultures through travelling or access to reliable
sources of information. Similarly the native culture, perceived by
Polish authorities as undesirable, was a distorted image in the form of
beautiful, always smiling villagers. The situation changed in the 90s
when Poland opened to the world enabling its citizens to meet
representatives of other nations, traditions, cultures and religions.
Since that moment Piotr has been able to broaden the scope of his
activities: he worked as a tour guide in Morocco getting an insight
into the culture of Maghreb, he hosted radio shows devoted to world
music, he wrote to press about folk musical instruments. During all
this time he has also been using his fascinations in artistic creation.
In the meantime he graduated from Culture Studies at the Adam
Mickiewicz University in Poznan. During his studies he focused on
different aspects of the marriage between tradition and modernity both
in music and fine arts.
He found digital art to be the best form for transferring the past into the present.
The majority of his works are a kind of collage using digitally
processed monochromatic photographs, vector graphics and different
kinds of drawings. At times the ultimate effect is transferred onto
linen or wood with the use of acrylic paints. Folk patterns and world
music are the main themes appearing in his works. The author’s
fascination with the Orient can easily be noticed. The works are
characterised by the simplicity of colours as well as the texture which
makes them look old and ‘worn out’. The effect is achieved through
unique techniques, invented by Pucylo. Reflecting on folk tradition the
author considers himself to be a renderer rather than an artist.
As he puts it:
„An artist creates from scratch, I produce my own contemporary
vision of the world incorporating and combining elements of folk art
and culture, which were not created by me. I simply look at them in a
different, but at the same time my own way”.
In 2005 Piotr Pucylo participated in GLOBALTICA Art Exhibition, where
his works were shown alongside such artists as: Reza Abedini (Iran),
Owusu Ankomah (Ghana), Majid Abbasi (Iran), Esther Mahlangu (South
Africa), Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon), Hussein Saidi (Tanzania), Synthia
Saint James (USA).
In 2006 he has two individual exhibitions in Bulgaria: Sofia and Varna.
In preparation there are 2 exhibitions of TRANSKULTURA artworks series this year.
Professionally Piotr Pucylo specialises in designing CD covers and
posters. His works have been published in Poland, Germany, USA and UK.
He has co-operated with artists such as Oojami, Bollywood Brass Band,
Transglobal Underground, Clotaire K, Laye Sow etc.
He runs GLOBAL VISA agency. He takes inspiration from ethnic culture and uses his 10
years of experience on music market to design record covers, posters, flyers,
catalogues, websites for labels and artists releasing mainly world music, ethnic, folk.
He has stayed faithful to the heart of music, dedicated to art but at the same time
committed to his clients and their targets.
But Piotr Pucylo is not only designer / graphic artist, he is also a
producer & musician who play on such instruments as: fujara,
overtone flutes, frame drums, zarb, darbuka etc.
He collaborated with artists as: Yair Dalal, Laye Sow, Ben-Canar,
Warsaw Village Band, Kwartet Jorgi, Berklejdy, Ojdana, Himeros,