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Robert Truszkowski

Visual Arts Department
Professor

Office: RC 035.3
E-mail: robert.truszkowski@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5574
Website: Instagram: @professortruszkowski

Research interests

(Conceptual) Popular culture; text, language, and communication; rap music; religion (Technical) Expanded colour and resolution possibilities in studio Printmaking (particularly in Ultra-violet cured (UV) silkscreen); digital print applications; lower and non-toxic approaches to studio printmaking.

Robert Truszkowski earned a BFA in Printmaking from Queen’s University in 2000 and a MFA in Print Media from Concordia University in 2004. He has exhibited and lectured across Canada and internationally, winning awards and recognition as an important artist working in contemporary Printmaking media. Before joining the faculty at the University of Regina, Robert printed editions for several well-known Canadian artists including Betty Goodwin and Ed Pien at Stinger Editions (Concordia University) in Montréal, and he taught printmaking, digital imaging and contemporary art theory at Queen’s, Concordia and the Haliburton School of the Arts. In 2018, he was Visiting Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, and Kyoto Seika University, in Kyoto, Japan.

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As a contemporary artist working in Print-based media, Robert’s practice straddles a treacherous conceptual and material divide. The history of printmaking is the history of humankind’s enlightenment; printed matter revolutionized the way in which knowledge and information could, and would, be spread. Printing gave birth to the Renaissance. Printing gave birth to democratization of the idea of ideas. Printing gave birth to communication.

Robert’s work references this social history of information, power, and authority. Codification of personal-narrative semiotics and strong auto-biographical tendencies toy with his keen interest in the social, commercial, and technical history of Print itself, as well as religion, popular culture, science, language, and rap music. 

Technical teaching expertise

Silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, etching and photo-etching, lead-type and photo-digital letterpress, and relief. Non-conventional approaches, Non-toxic and low-toxicity studio methods, and photo-digital integration in traditional Printmaking media. 

For more information about Robert’s work, visit him on Instagram: @professortruszkowski

ACCREDITATION

  • MFA (Print Media) Concordia University 2004, Thesis advisor: Evergon
  • BFA (Printmaking) Queen’s University 2000, Advisors: Otis Tamasauskas & J.C. Heywood

WORKS OF NOTE

  • Connections – Printmaking from Saskatchewan and South Korea Sask. Craft Council Gallery, Saskatoon, SK 2019
  • Biennale International de l’estampe contemporain Trois-Riviéres, Québec 2009 & 2019
  • International Academic Printmaking Alliance Exhibition Taoxichuan Art Museum, Jingdezhen City, China 2018
  • Gunpowder Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan 2017
  • Tokyo Screenprint Biennial The Gallery of Japan Artists’ Association, Tokyo, Japan 2015 & 2018
  • Warning solo exhibition Elsie Scherle Gallery – Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre, Regina Beach, Saskatchewan 2017
  • Kyoto Hanga: Canada and Japan Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan & Tokushima Museum of Modern Art, Tokushima, Japan  2016
  • Shift (Enviro-Print) McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario 2016
  • So Much Ice solo exhibition Estevan Art Gallery and Museum, Estevan, Saskatchewan 2016
  • The Conversationalist solo exhibition Dunlop Art Gallery – Sherwood,  Regina, Saskatchewan 2015
  • Amplitudes solo exhibition S.N.A.P. Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta 2014
  • Oh Hey Bro solo exhibition Slate Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan 2014
  • The Synthetic Age MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan 2013
  • 100 Prints - The Palais Royale, Toronto Ontario (special note: Finalist for National Printmaking Awards) 2012
  • Penance - Okanagan Print Triennial Solo Exhibition, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon British Columbia (special note: Exhibition given as a result of winning the 2009 Okanagan Print Triennial) 2012
  • Canadian Printmaking - Canadian Art Pavillion of the Qijiang Print Festival - Qijiang Farmers' Printmaking Institute, Chongqing China 2011
  • Traditions and Transitions - Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna British Columbia 2011
  • PrintZero Juried Exhibition - Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericano, Managua Nicaragua & Casa de los Tres Mundos, Granada Nicaragua & Universidad Americana – Biblioteca, "Pablo Antonia Cudra", Managua Nicaragua & Daniel Smith Art Supply Gallery, Seattle Washington & PrintZero Studios, Seattle Washington & Anchor Graphics, Chicago Illinois & Wynwood Projects, Miami Florida 2010-11
  • Biennale International de l’estampe contemporain Trois-Riviéres, Québec 2009
  • Okanagan Print Triennial Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, British Columbia 2009
  • Semper Fi Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 2008
  • entre la bruit et la silence Galerie Circulaire, Montréal, Québec 2008
  • One Hundred Prints Palais Royale, Toronto, Ontario 2008
  • la silence dans la forêt The Print Studio, Hamilton, Ontario 2008
  • Encounters Druckvereinigung Bentlage (Contemporary Print Centre), Rheine, Germany 2007
  • White Galérie d’art St. Ambroise, Montréal, Québec 2006
  • Salon Écarlate III Maison de Culture Frontenac, Montréal, Québec 2006
  • New Canadian Painting Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, (& Toronto ON &   Winnipeg MB) 2003
  • dollar beers Union Gallery, Kingston, Ontario 1999