My work comes from my ongoing emigrant experience. It draws on the visual vocabulary of my Polish childhood and on my subsequent exposure to the American commercial and pop-cultural iconography. The resulting blend testifies to the paradoxes of an emigrant artist’s mindset.
Polish-born Adam Niklewicz earned his BFA in graphic communications from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 and his MFA in sculpture from SUNY Purchase in 2006. Niklewicz is the recipient of the International Sculpture Center's 2006 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award and 2008 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture. His work has been featured and discussed in the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, Modern Painters Magazine and the Nation, among others, and shown at such venues as Real Art Ways, Galerie fur Landschaftskunst (Hamburg, Germany), the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Stamford Museum, Pelham Art Center, Grounds for Sculpture, Black & White Gallery, FiveMyles, Slag Gallery and Zacheta (Warsaw, Poland).