ROMAN OPALKA (1931-2011, Abbeville, France)

Educated in Poland, he studied at the Academy of fine Arts, Warsaw, from 1957 to 1960. In 1965, waiting for someone in a cafe, he comes up with the idea of materialising time through paintings. Opalka painted number 1 in white oil on the top left side of a black canvas with size 196 x 135. This was the start of his "life project". From 1965 onward, he paints lines of numbers on canvas. He held his first solo exhibition one year later, in 1966, at Dom Artysty Plastyka Gallery, Warsaw. In 1972 he reaches the number 1,000,000. Since 1974 he has regularly held solo exhibitions with John Weber Gallery, New York. In 1974 he was given an exhibition at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, which travelled to the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam. He was awarded a painting prize at the Bienal, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1978. Roman Opalka died on 6 August 2011.


Exhibitions:
2013    "Personal Structures", 54th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2011    "Personal Structures", 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Austria
2010    "Personal Structures Time-Space-Existence", Kuenstlerhaus Bregenz, Austria.
2007    "Personal Structures", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Symposia:
2007    "Personal Structures Time", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publications:
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE 2, Global Art Affairs Foundation, 2013
• PERSONAL STRUCTURES: La Biennale di Venezia 2013. Exhibition Catalogue for PERSONAL STRUCTURES, part of the Venice Biennale, at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, 2013
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: La Biennale di Venezia 2011. Exhibition Catalogue for PERSONAL STRUCTURES, part of the Venice Biennale, at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, 2011
• De Jongh, Karlyn & Sarah Gold, ROMAN OPALKA: TIME PASSING, PSAP #03, GlobalArtAffairs Foundation, Netherlands, 2011
• De Jongh, Karlyn, Time in the Art of Roman Opalka, Tatsuo Miyajima and Rene Rietmeyer. In: Kronoscope: Journal for the Research of Time 10, Canada, 2010
• Lodermeyer, Peter, Karlyn De Jongh & Sarah Gold, PERSONAL STRUCTURES: TIME SPACE EXISTENCE, DuMont Verlag, Cologne, Germany, 2009