Jacek Tylicki

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Stone sculpture, "Give If You Can - Take If You Have To", Palolem, India, 2008
"Natural Art", Number 183,
(Created by Nature), on the ground of the old forest, South Sweden, 17/08 - 29/08 1976, 47,5 x 35.5 cm
365 days, One photograph a day of a tree, Lund, Sweden, Jan 1 - Dec 31, 1979
Mananchira, Calicut, India

Jacek Tylicki (born 1951 in Sopot, Poland) is an artist who settled in New York City in 1982. Tylicki works in the field of Land art, Installation, and Site-specific art. His conceptual projects often raise social and environmental issues.


Beginning in 1973 Tylicki sends sheets of canvas or paper into the wind, the rivers or the forests, and leaves them for a long while in a natural environment, thus forcing upon Nature an attitude previously reserved to the artist: the creation of forms. The project is often called Natural art.

In the years 1974 - 1990 he initiated the idea of an anonymous artist by issuing a periodical called "Anonymous Artists" where artists present their artworks without revealing their own names.

In 1985 he created an Installation called Chicken Art. Tylicki transformed the Now Gallery in Manhattan to a hen house in which live chickens watched realistic paintings of chickens, chicks and roosters hanging on the gallery walls. At the same time Tylicki declares:

For a chicken the most beautiful is chicken. [1]

Another installation was the "Free Art", where well known, invited artists, like Mark Kostabi, Rodney Greenblat among others, gave away their artworks to the public for free.

Video and Photography plays an important role in his work as a record of its elusiveness and transience.


  • 2014- Philips Auction House, London
  • 2014- Bonhams Auction House, London
  • 2013- MOCAK - Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland
  • 2012- Dublin Biennial, Ireland
  • 2012- Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2012- Brookyn Art Library "Natural art Book"
  • 2011- Land Art Festiwal, Torun, Poland (welcome to my park in your park)
  • 2002- SFINKS, Sopot Poland
  • 1995- U Gallery, New York, USA (solo show)
  • 1994- Akademie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany
  • 1993- Foundation SFINKS, Sopot Poland
  • 1988- Limelight, New York, USA
  • 1987- Now Gallery" Free Art" New York, USA (solo show)
  • 1987- Binghamton University Gallery, NY State, USA
  • 1986- Fashion Moda Gallery " Attack" New York, USA (solo show)
  • 1986- Fusion Gallery, York, USA
  • 1986- Artifacts Gallery, Miami, USA
  • 1986- No-Se-No Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1986- Sculpture Garden, New York, USA
  • 1985- Now Gallery " Chicken Art" New York, USA (solo show)
  • 1985- 8BC Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1985- Nite Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1984- Now Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1984- Avenue B Gallery, New York, USA
  • 1982- Club 57, New York, USA (solo show)
  • 1982- ARTEDER International, Bilbao, Spain
  • 1981- New Avantgarde, BWA, Sopot, Poland
  • 1980- Galerie Kanal 2, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo show)
  • 1980- Galeria BWA, Sopot, Poland (solo show)
  • 1980- Experimental Environment II, Living Art Museum, Iceland
  • 1980- Galerie Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland (solo show)
  • 1979- Gallery 38, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo show)
  • 1979- Galeria Sien Gdanska, Gdansk, Poland (solo show)
  • 1979- Galerie S:t Petri, Lund, Sweden (solo show)
  • 1979- Galeria Akumulatory 2, Poznan, Poland (solo show)
  • 1979- Galerie Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland (solo show)
  • 1979- EXEN, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1979- Nordic Experimental Art Festival, Iceland
  • 1977- Galerie Brass, Malmo, Sweden
  • 1976- Gallerie Porten, Lund, Sweden (solo show)
  • 1976- BTJ Gallery, Lund, Sweden (solo show)
  • 1976- Galeriet, Lund, Sweden


  1. ^ Commentary on the 1987 project entitled "Chicken & Art", cited in: Leszek Brogowski. "Jacek Tylicki and the new ethos of Art," in Projekt Visual Art Magazine, nr. 202-203, 1995


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