2014 MFA Thesis

Luka Rayski

I want my work to share the elegance in which people and objects overcome difficulties and accommodate to unpredictable conditions, such as catastrophes or love. I’m in a pursuit of better understanding the agency of things that surround me, the subject of particular work and the material I use for making it. My own agency is also something that puzzles me. I choose to paint because it’s a golden mean between the direct and the mediate forms of expression. I choose other mediums when I want to enjoy the luxury of making a less compromised statement. I embrace the imminent fallibility of the models people create to understand the world and predict the future. Therefore I try to avoid making conclusions.

Luka Rayski was born in 1982 in Warsaw. In 2009 he graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Graphic Arts Department MFA program. He will get another MFA this year, 2014, in Fine Arts department in Parsons, The New School for Design. He is currently living and working in New York.


Luka Rayski / untitled (self portrait with a fan) / 2013 / inkjet print, fan / dimensions variable

Luka Rayski / untitled / 2013 / acrylic on wall / 8.5ft x 16.5ft

Luka Rayski / untitled (Marx exit sign) / 2012 / wood, paper, lightbulb / 12 x 10 x 2 in

Luka Rayski / untitled / 2013 / mixed media on clapboard / 5 x 7 in

Luka Rayski / untitled / 2013 / mixed media on clapboard / 5 x 7 in