An electric colour palette saturates Igor Moritz’s (b. 1996, Poland) visceral depictions of loneliness and interpersonal turmoil. With oil paint or coloured pencil, the Polish-born artist creates vivid, almost Fauvist backdrops and characters who stare with forlorn at the viewer. Moritz’s experimentations with figuration result in compositions which both distort and exaggerate certain formal qualities of portraiture. Portraying those closest to him, Moritz documents his subjects over time, capturing physical and emotional changes as felt through perspective, colour and imagined surroundings. The resulting portraits are subtly reminiscent of both Henri Matisse, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Francis Bacon, whilst encapsulating a highly contemporary sensitivity. Moritz’s candid explorations of daily life attests to the fact that the simplest things, are the most intriguing.
Mostly self-taught, Moritz attended arts high school in Poland and studied industrial design in college, honing his painterly practice through years of research and exploration. Moritz has recently exhibited in London, Paris and New York, and Mallorca, and his work has been acquired by multiple major collections, including the Colección SOLO, Madrid and the Rad Hourani Foundation, Montreal. Moritz lives and works in London.