Mariusz Waras is a man who brings architecture to architecture with spray-paint and stencils. Images of urban landscapes are scrawled onto the surfaces of empty building facades to staircases and metro stations.
Aptly named “M City”, his art presents viewers with gears, pipes, knobs and latches that are intricately connected. The images he creates are full of repetitive shapes that bring contrast to the connectivity of the mechanisms within them.
With all of this grandeur, it is ironic that he rarely includes people within his art. This might be a reflection of the necessary detachment that people have been developing from factory worker lifestyles since the 1920s. One thing is certain, the patterns that vary within each mural don’t merely bring contrast to each other, but to ideas about humanistic and industrial harmony.
Waras was born in Glydnia, Poland in 1978 and he graduated from the Department of Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dansk, Poland. During this achievement he also earned a position as assistant lecturer to Professor Jerzy Ostrogorsky. His murals have been released from the mind of M City and shown in many major cities such as Warsaw, Gnansk, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Rio Di Janero, Sao Paolo, Bolzano, London and Prague. Waras has also converted some of his creations into three dimensional objects. Of course, with the development of art comes the fanfare of other artists – he is a collector of Polish Street art.