Igor Dobrowolski is a talented artist born in Jelenia Góra (Deer Mountain), Poland who depicts social and political issues in his paintings and murals. In his work Igor explores topics such as death, depression, war and children, the problems of the poor and homeless and the lack of empathy.
His art should make us appreciate our life, our time, value all the little ordinary moments and make us more empathetic.
Igor kindly answered my questions not only regarding his work.
Enjoy the interview!
When did you start painting/doing street art?
My adventure with paintings began in 2014.
How did your work develop and how would you describe your style?
My style? I don’t think I’m the right person to judge it.
I try to make my work about poor people, and I’m not talking only about financial issues, give them some voice. Also regarding the destruction of the environment. I just wanted to show true stories…to express appreciation of life, sometimes lack of sense in life, how time passes so quickly. Everything above is very important to me.
I believe that empathy is one of the most important but much-underrated features. Perhaps it is even a virtue.
I do not deceive myself by the salvation of the world, but maybe my work or work of other people, not necessarily in the art world, will help fix something. I hope that my work is a little part of something bigger, something good.
For me, the attempt to conclude a part of hope in all work is very important, because I really believe it’s going to be “better” even after the greatest tragedies, perhaps for life or maybe death. I do not want to sound too lofty, but I just somehow feel I do not know how to put it into better words.
Have you been criticized for your paintings (since you do portray social and political issues into your murals)?
I was criticized but I cannot say that is was often. Not many people told me it into my eyes.
But the criticism does not bother me as long as I know that my work is based on facts and I do it from the heart.
What or who inspires you?
I don’t know whether inspiration is a good word. But true stories, unfortunately often based on suffering and injustice.
Do you have any favorite street artists?
With regard to street art, it surely is Banksy some works of Kidult and Wermibus…
But also artists like MC Escher, Salvador Dalli, Rodin, The Kid, Chapman Brothers and many others.
I also get inspired by many musicians, freedom fighters, and just ordinary people.
The list is long I could go on all day.
What would you like to achieve in the future/what are you currently working on?
I think I want to help someone because I am privileged and therefore I have a duty to attempt to help others.
I now have a lot of different projects, such as “White God” or “Fail of human” etc.
Have you ever been caught by the police while painting?
Hahaha, I did not have the pleasure.
Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
I do not have any motto and I hope that my work will speak for itself.
Finally, here are a few quick questions.
What do you see in front of you?
What did you have for lunch today?
I had only breakfast.
The most recent destination you’ve visited?
My workplace at my grandma’s home.
Your dream job?
No job. Just passion….. I hope.
What superpowers would you like to have?
Wisdom would be nice and flying also.
Thank you, Igor, for the interview!
Have a nice day!