Paweł Kwaśniewski (b. 14 July 1963 in Warsaw) 

Polish contemporary artist, performer. Graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Warsaw Theological Academy (currently Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University) in Warsaw. His Master’s dissertation concentrated on educational and developmental psychology. Kwaśniewski debuted in 1984. He has created more than 300 performance situations at galleries, art centres and museums in more than 60 countries worldwide on five continents. His spectacles combine an ironic approach to the world with a brutal treatment of himself and his body. For many years, the artist has pursued the action of selling square centimetres of his body which he cuts out from his forearm. He coined the term “progressive art,” which defines liberation from the illusions of post-avant-garde and modernist art. He has occasionally lectured at art academies in Poland, Finland, Ireland and Iceland. In 1980, alongside four of his friends as well as Marek Kotański and Ewa Dux, he established the Association for the Prevention of Drug Abuse “MONAR”. In July 1981, right after his 18th birthday, Kwaśniewski became the deputy head of the board of the organisation. Since 1993, he worked as an investigative journalist in the reportage department of Gazeta Wyborcza. Host of night radio broadcasts in Radio Dla Ciebie and Polish Radio Three. Columnist of CKM, She, Cosmopolitan, Dziecko. Owner of the television production company TOtamTO Media & TV (ince 1997), OFFmusic record label (since 2002), and Cafe FUTRO café in Warsaw (since 2006). Author of the book Tańcząca z butami. Producer of more than 100 music videos for alternative bands from Poland, Belarus, Israel, England, Russia, many of which he also directed.

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