Marek Ranis (Polish, born 1968)
Inspired by the Romantic perception of Beauty and the Sublime, Marek creates are in various media—from oils to sculpture to installations—representing the transitional moments between the two, the destruction and reconstruction. In his words: “I am interested in our perception of current issues; I want my art to address changes in the environment and our presence in it. I look at large social and political events, ecology or geographical and political borders, from a larger cultural and historical perspective. I see my work as an invitation to contemplate our times; some call this “weltschmerz” (world grief) and inspiration for a hopeful future. Although I do not believe that art can change the world, I am convinced that it can help raise awareness.”
Born in fast-evolving and mercurial Central-Eastern Europe, Marek currently lives in the United States, and pursues a career that is global, both in its geographical range and its conceptual scope. He teaches sculpture as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.