Bernard Pietraga – Contemporary Painter
Contemporary painter. From the very beginning, fascinated by a mathematical form in art. “Transcendental Painting” is a recognition of the fact that geometry – the basis of colors – is the essence of the work.
How his work are special?
The multifaceted interests significantly influence the work of Bernard Pietraga. The artist uses different colored paints in a conscious manner, his movements are an expression of the planned composition layout, presented on canvas. From the very beginning he was fascinated by the mathematical form in art. In his paintings he creates an algorithmic world of matter / material, which is inspired by his daily practice of digital programming. Contemporary paintings of the artist are based on transcendental characters, situated in worlds that, like the Platonic “Allegory of the Cave”, represent the reality we live in. His mood-creating colors make the abstract colorism take on a contemplative, transcendent dimension. Pietraga’s compositions are based on the interaction of the material and its color. The artist creates a new reality, based on numbers, geometry and proportions.
In these paintings, the artist has created a world that is in a state of constant movement, with the spiritual, the material and the transcendental constantly interacting. The concept of the painting as the “Transcendental Painting” is a recognition of the fact that geometry – the basis of colors – is the essence of the work, and that the world of the painting is a reflection of the world we live in. Bernard Pietraga’s abstract paintings are not a mere reflection of the world, but a reflection of the world from a different perspective. Bernard Pietraga has exhibited his works in many countries.
The world in which we live is not a perfect system. In fact, it is an imperfect one. We are surrounded by chaos and disorder. But if we look at it from a different perspective – as it is reflected in the works of Bernard Pietraga – everything takes on a whole new meaning. Pietraga’s paintings are the realization of an idea. That is, in fact, a transcendental painting. The artist creates a new reality based on numbers, geometry and proportions. His works embody the concept of painting as the “Transcendental Painting” – a recognition that geometry – the basis of colors – is the essence of the work, and that the world of the painting is a reflection of our world. Bernard Pietraga’s works are not mere reflections of our world, but rather reflections of it from a different perspective.
Pietraga has exhibited his works in many countries.
“For any kind of creative process to take place the artist must be in a special mood.”
The principle of Pietraga’s work is the use of “sacred geometry” – three basic geometric figures: circle, square and triangle, as well as the golden ratio. The essence of sacred geometry is hidden in its proportions. It has a universal message. Pietraga uses this principle to create his paintings.
The artist’s works are a direct reflection of the spiritual order – they are an expression of that which is above us, and thus represent a sort of “divine world”. The concept behind these works is based on the belief in the harmony of all things in the universe, and the belief that the world can be interpreted in mathematical terms – a truth perceived by man from different points of view.
In addition, Pietraga’s works have a philosophical dimension as well. They are an expression of the world in which we live, and at the same time they contain a distinct message about it. The artist’s paintings illustrate the idea that there is nothing accidental in nature, that everything is governed by strict laws based on numbers.
The artist strives to create his works with a feeling for beauty, but without trying to change the world, or suggest any way of life – rather, he simply tries to give us a reason to feel closer to the world in which we live. Bernard Pietraga has created a series of works based on the mathematical proportions known since ancient times. The artist’s originality lies in his skillful use of these proportions to create images that appear to be simple geometric figures, but in fact are complex artistic compositions. This is how the artist’s vision of the world is based on a recognition that the “mathematical order is the essence of everything”, and he strives to create his works with a feeling for beauty, but without trying to change the world, or suggest any way of life – rather, he simply tries to give us a reason to feel closer to the world in which we live.
His works are based on simple geometric figures, which he uses as a basis for creating his paintings. At first glance it seems that they consist of only circles, squares and triangles. In fact, however, these figures undergo a transformation into a new, different – yet beautiful – form. They are transformed into a “new reality”: the world of the painting is a reflection of our world, but from a different perspective.
In addition to Pietraga’s paintings in the style of geometric abstraction, the artist also creates works with a different style. For example, there are paintings with figurative elements that have been created by Pietraga after his travels around the world. The artist wants to convey the beauty of life – and he does this in an original way.
Bernard Pietraga’s works are an expression of the world as it is – the “divine world” that is reflected in our everyday life. The artist creates a new reality based on numbers, geometry and proportions. His works embody the concept of painting as a “Transcendental Painting” – a recognition that geometry – the basis of colors – is the essence of the work, and that the world of the painting is a reflection of our world.
The principle of Pietraga’s work is based on using sacred geometry: three basic geometric figures: circle, square and triangle, as well as the golden ratio. The essence of sacred geometry is hidden in its proportions; it has a universal message. Pietraga uses this principle to create his paintings.
The artist’s works are an expression of that which is above us, they represent a sort of “divine world” created by man through his imagination and perception from different points of view. Pietraga believes that every person possesses creative potential within himself or herself; he also thinks that everyone should be able to develop his or her creative potential in order to achieve inner harmony with others while harmonizing with nature itself. That is how art can contribute to personal peace between people and nations who have been living together for centuries yet still do not understand each other at all times in spite of numerous attempts at mutual understanding, because there are serious differences both in culture and religion.
The painter takes his inspiration from diverse sources: nature, music, poetry or the human voice itself… The works are carefully created with great attention to detail; they are full of harmony and serenity… The paintings are quite large; they are mainly two-dimensional, but there is also some three-dimensional work as well…
The artist’s favorite themes consist of vivid landscapes with water features such as lakes or rivers reflecting sunlight or moonshine (which inspires him deeply) while other pictures feature flowers (mostly roses). He likes to experiment with fine lines which create various shapes on canvas like waves of different sizes.
Bernard Pietraga works can be found in Gallery 104 Broadway, NY and in a lot of arts private collections. His works can be found also in France, Netherlands, Poland, etc.
He worked as a graphic designer, quickly dealing with designing graphics for innovative clothing. By completing his studies for the developed achievements along with his BA thesis he obtained the highest possible note with honors. He used this time in his life to searching for his artistic language.
After graduating, he finished his work as a graphic designer and began developing his mathematical interests, which resulted in undertaking work in the field of designing algorithms used to manage complex infrastructures such as Dutch Railway Lines. With full commitment, the painting appeared just in this period.
Thanks to the active search for new inspirations, his works have become clearer. A determined work towards finding a perfect form and some kind of roughness resulted in creativity that contains mathematical connotations. The developed ability to combine seemingly distant surfaces resulted in an original and distinctive artistic effect. a sense of three-dimensionality.
He sees the act of creation as a need to express the surrounding everyday life in an abstract way. Unification of the present is one of the most frequently undertaken topics by the artist. In his practice he plays with geometric figures to create a new reality full of light and depth. As a result, his painting becomes a three-dimensional image.
Determined, consistent work on finding the perfect form and a kind of roughness has resulted in a creativity that contains mathematical connotations. Developed ability to combine seemingly distant spaces, influenced the expressive artistic effect.
From the beginning, the painter has remained faithful to the traditional painting matter of the painting itself, giving it new life.