Mikolaj Rejs is a Polish artist born in 1984. He has been involved in street art movement since the late
1990s. Rejs’ art can usually be found in large, often abandoned, post-industrial areas. Apart from
being street artist, Rejs also works in the medium of photography. He participates in both Polish and
international projects and is a curator of street art exhibitions.
Rejs is involved in art education and
the social function of street art and also had speech about street art at TEDxPiotrkowskaStreet in Łódź.
He has participated in a vast number of graffiti and street art events (including Brain Damage, Warsaw
2003, Street Art Festival, Katowice 2011, Meetings of Styles, Lublin 2011, 2012, 2013) He is also a cofounder of artistic and educational projects (‘Roads to Freedom’ MOCAK Museum of Contemporary
Art in Krakow 2011, the Polish-Ukrainian-Moldovan project Artdrome, Lugansk 2012, Between the
Wall, Legnica 2012, ‘Back to the primitive’ Małopolski Ogród Sztuki, Kraków 2016, “20 years of Krakow
houser”, Nürnberg 2016).In addition, Mikolaj Rejs creates small scale works and photographs. They have been widely
exhibited internationally, including ‘Bonarka’ Center of Contemporary Art, Krakow 2004, ‘Graffiti vs
Street Art’ - Zacheta, Lublin 2011, Mito gallery, Warsaw 2015, Young Polish Art, Limerick 2015.
Individual exhibitions: ‘Urban Chapels’ Onamato gallery, Krakow 2013, ‘NOUMEN’ Art Agenda Nova
gallery Krakow 2014, ‘Duchacy’ Mimika-Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, Krakow 2015, ‘Habitat’ Urban
Spree Gallery, Berlin 2016
The world is overrun with fear, selfishness and greed. I would like to show
the character of a witch who opposes them. A superhero who collects garbage,
she is capable of turning the barren, dilapidated area of the seabed into a
land full of biodiversity and harmony. She came from a parallel universe
and her name is Harmonia. For our Earth, unfortunately, it’s a
utopia - no witch is coming to save us. Still, we may wish to consider being a
little bit like her.
This particular style of
Harmonia is inspired by old Slavic legends from Poland. The characteristic
folk ornamentation carries universal meanings, easy to discern anywhere in
the world where similar fairy tales have been told for generations.