• Author: Jan Tyniec
  • Title: Bonsai
  • Medium: silver gelatin print on fiber base Ilford full matte paper
  • Dimensions: 50 x 41 cm paper, 37 x 37 cm image
  • Year completed: 2009




Jan Tyniec received his MFA degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1983) and Hunter College in New York (1989). Between 1986 and 2016, he lived and worked in New York City and in rural Pennsylvania. Currently, he lives in Bali, Indonesia and in Warsaw, Poland. He remains most interested in exploring the relationships between culture and nature. His Bonsai Portfolio (2009-15) comprises works that are suspended in time with strong references to Southeast Asian culture and tradition. Some of his Bonsai images intentionally resemble ink drawings. They explore nature, or idea of nature nurtured by mind and hand, intention and presence. Bonsai is ultimately an exercise in meditation, a way to help understand the beauty and logic of time, and ultimately our mortality. Bonsai symbolizes timeless qualities and extreme fragility concomitantly gesturing towards the paradox of life itself. From a more formal point of view, this work is about perception, stepping beyond what can be seen with the naked eye. Tyniec’s photographs were shown in solo exhibitions, including “Radiance Cycles” at the River Gallery in Narrowsburg, New York (USA), “Bali-Full Circle” at Klima Bochenska Gallery in Warsaw, and “Indochina – Antarctica” at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali (Indonesia); numerous group exhibitions, including the Edward Center Gallery and the SoHo Photo in New York (USA), Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (USA) and Tony Raka Gallery in Bali (Indonesia). His recent photographic portfolios include “Grass” (2015-cont.), “Bonsai” (2009-cont.), and “Full Circle: Bali” (2002-cont). Tyniec’s photographs of Hong Kong were published in the Guggenheim Magazine in the spring of 1997. In 2002 and 2003, he was a guest artist at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia; in 1988 at the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York and was a recipient of the Fulbright Educational Grant in 1986-87. His paintings, drawings and photographs can be found in private, corporate and public collections in Europe, the Americas and Asia.