Kenyan artist Stanislaw Trzebinski creates fantastical-sculptural works that explore human relationships with the natural world. Working primarily in bronze, his collectible furniture and sculpture express this intimate connection with nature, and in particular his fascination with marine life.
Born in 1992 and raised in Mombasa, Trzebinski spent his childhood escaping the bustle of Nairobi to explore the wilderness of the Rift Valley and the East African coast. Immersed as much in its rich cultural heritage of Arabic, African and European influences as in the beauty of its biodiversity, he learnt to speak fluent Kiswahili and track animals. As a young boy, apart from tending to his menagerie of 70 animals, he spent summers diving off the tropical waters of Africa’s East coast, famous for its mangroves, coral reefs and marine life.
He briefly attended the Pratt Institute in New York, where he came to the realisation that his creativity was intimately connected to Africa, its nature and peoples. He moved to Cape Town in 2012 to apprentice in sculpture and bronze casting at Bronze Age Foundry under the guidance of Otto du Plessis. He continues to live and work in Cape Town. Largely self-taught, Trzebinski uses both the lost-wax method and technologically driven techniques to create evocative bronze sculptures and artworks.
Trzebinski has exhibited his work widely in South Africa, including two solos with Southern Guild: In the Absence of Light (2019) and Solastalgia (2022). Southern Guild has presented his work at Christie’s First Open Auction in London, and at fairs including Design Miami , PAD London, and Investec Cape Town Art Fair.