Zawistowski's work evokes emotion through either landscape or portraiture painting. In portraiture, he deals with notions of beauty and ugliness, and the significance of body language and facial expression. Rafal outlines the figures by using day-glow colours, alerting viewers of long-lasting arcane significances. Echoes of his catholic upbringing and of renaissance studies add vibrant and meaningful layers to his contemporary painting style. The images seem to be carved in a heavily textured surface of paint. Finally, the expression of the figure is reviled by a luscious application of oil paint and wax in an impasto and encaustic mix.
The ‘AURA” exhibition is Zawistowski’s contemporary take of “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Rafal Zawistowski was born in Warsaw, Poland and grew up in Canada where he graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Ontario College of Art, in Toronto, in 2006. During his studies, Zawistowski spent a year in Florence, Italy. He became passionate about the renaissance and began to create and exhibit work inspired by it. Later, he moved to London, England, to complete a Master in Arts at Wimbledon College of Art. Zawistowski graduated in 2011 and, immediately after, he exhibited at New Contemporaries where Charles Saatchi bought several of his artworks. In 2012, Zawistowski opened his first solo exhibition in London. This time, Charles Saatchi bought the entire collection before the private viewing ended. He continues to live and work in London and to be part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA in London.