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. 

Trzebinski was born in Mombasa and grew up in Nairobi, escaping the urban bustle as often as possible 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. Trzebinski  continues to live and work in Cape Town. 

Southern Guild presented his work at the bi-annual design auction at Christie’s, London, in 2017 and at Design Miami/ in 2018. In the Absence of Light, his first solo show with Southern Guild in July 2019, saw him create an immersive collection of functional bronze sculpture inspired by his lifelong fascination with the ocean. It evoked the mystical, suspended experience of a diver beneath the waves, encountering the still and otherworldly depths teeming with life. This body of work was a continuation of the exploration of his Extra Terrestrial series from 2018.

 

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Nestle Chair

Pigment epoxy, PLA
117 x 140 x 101 cm
One-off

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Nestle Chair

Pigment epoxy, PLA
117 x 140 x 101 cm
One-off

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Archeoflavus Tripartitus (Turin Pattern Coffee Table – Large)

Patinated bronze
143 x 102 x 46.5 / 83.5 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Archeoflavus Tripartitus (Turin Pattern Coffee Table – Large)

Patinated bronze
143 x 102 x 46.5 / 83.5 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Archeoflavus Pulchellus (Turin Nesting Coffee Table – Small)

Patinated bronze
79 x 68 x 36 / 111 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Archeoflavus Pulchellus (Turin Nesting Coffee Table – Small)

Patinated bronze
79 x 68 x 36 / 111 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Pugillarem Meridium (Glowing Writing Desk)

Bronze, walnut, glow in the dark pigmented epoxy
220 x 112 x 73 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Pugillarem Meridium (Glowing Writing Desk)

Bronze, walnut, glow in the dark pigmented epoxy
220 x 112 x 73 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Mensam Meridium (Glowing Dining Table)

Bronze, walnut, glow in the dark pigmented epoxy
240 x 90 x 76 cm
Edition of 4 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Mensam Meridium (Glowing Dining Table)

Bronze, walnut, glow in the dark pigmented epoxy
240 x 90 x 76 cm
Edition of 4 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Pollyfolium Muralis (Wall of Petals)

Polished and patinated bronze
Variable installation
Unique

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Pollyfolium Muralis (Wall of Petals)

Polished and patinated bronze
Variable installation
Unique

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Polydolichodactyl Muralis (Floating Shelf)

Patinated bronze
90 x 64 x 130 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Polydolichodactyl Muralis (Floating Shelf)

Patinated bronze
90 x 64 x 130 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Halio Archeopetro (Fossilised Sea Bed)

Etched brass, archival epoxy coating
Four panels: 200 x 100 cm each
Edition of 2 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Halio Archeopetro (Fossilised Sea Bed)

Etched brass, archival epoxy coating
Four panels: 200 x 100 cm each
Edition of 2 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Aequor Mercury (Mercury of the Deep Water Feature)

Patinated bronze, stainless steel, water pump
75 x 75 x 238 cm
Variable edition of 3 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Aequor Mercury (Mercury of the Deep Water Feature)

Patinated bronze, stainless steel, water pump
75 x 75 x 238 cm
Variable edition of 3 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Aquarius Vessel III

Patinated bronze
39 x 22 x 65 cm
Edition of 5 + 1AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Aquarius Vessel III

Patinated bronze
39 x 22 x 65 cm
Edition of 5 + 1AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Giganteacetus Polyfolia (Giant Sea Heart)

Patinated bronze, lead crystal ball, electrical wiring, stainless steel, LED fixture, fiber optics, RGB LED’s
44 x 36 x 94 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Giganteacetus Polyfolia (Giant Sea Heart)

Patinated bronze, lead crystal ball, electrical wiring, stainless steel, LED fixture, fiber optics, RGB LED’s
44 x 36 x 94 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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Stanislaw Trzebinski
Cyanocetus Pygorepandus (Green Sea Heart)

Patinated bronze, lead crystal ball, electrical wiring, stainless steel, LED fixture, silicone, RGB LED’s
37 x 28 x 77 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Stanislaw Trzebinski
Cyanocetus Pygorepandus (Green Sea Heart)

Patinated bronze, lead crystal ball, electrical wiring, stainless steel, LED fixture, silicone, RGB LED’s
37 x 28 x 77 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

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