About The Artist

Art Eclat - Tomasz Alen Kopera
Stage name  Alen
Nationality  Polish
Field  Painting
Movement  Surrealism

Tomasz Alen Kopera was born in 1976 in Kożuchów, Poland. He attended the University of Technology in Wrocław, where he gained a degree in construction engineering. His artistic talent came to light in early childhood. Highly fascinated with human nature, the surrounding universe and all that is dark and mysterious, Kopera’s works demonstrate both a high degree in sensitivity as well as his desire to touch the subconscious by arousing a need to pause and contemplate in the spectator.

Tomasz paints in oil on canvas. His technique, developed over many years, testifies to the artist’s great sensitivity and talent, where the acute attention to detail and mastery of colour proves his art to be of highest level.

In 2005, the artist moved to Northern Ireland where he now lives.

From 2010 he has been a member of Libellule Group formed by Lukas Kandl.

In Kopera's Own Words

“In my work I try to reach to the subconscious. I want to keep the viewer’s attention for a longer moment. I would like the spectator to feel the need for a minute of quiet reflection and contemplation.

I usually get my ideas for new paintings in the least expected moments. The idea for new creation just appears in my head. Some ideas come from my wife, we like to sit and talk together for hours, and sometimes these chats then turn into new surprising creations. The most important and also most difficult part of creation is actually visualising the idea, seeing the subject in the eyes of my imagination. Very often while working on a painting, I see an idea for my next work.

I am fascinated by fire. To me it is the symbol of creation but it also acts as a purifying force -cleansing us of our sins, where new is born from old, where destruction is closely bound with resurrection, a symbol of change. I like to introduce all these aspects into my work.

When I paint, I like to work without any time constraints. I definitely do not like to be rushed. I usually start in the early morning when I am fresh and well rested and paint through the day. Having a clear mind during the process is of utmost importance for me.

The most important point is the beginning of the creative process. At this time I prefer to work in peace with no phone-calls, no talking, just a simple calmness. The first phase requires the most focus and concentration. I don’t do sketching, or do it very rarely and in a rough form; I simply start painting on canvas straight away. The initial idea then develops into clearer picture, sometimes even into a new and completely different idea. The initial creation is therefore also the most unsettled phase, as very often I get new ideas during that time, change things and add things. I start with one vision, but the final result can sometimes be completely different.

Music is one thing that is inherently connected with my creation. It plays a crucial role and goes together with my mood, depending on the particular work. I listen to everything from classical piano, orchestra, through to the more modern and very often heavy, dark music, not excluding gothic and heavy metal.

Sometimes the message of my work is very clear, I could give it a title, but I don’t do it, I do not want to name it, I prefer to leave it to the viewer. For him to read the message, to think about it, and perhaps for him to make his / her own title and story to that particular painting. Very often people ask me to talk about my art, but I always say, that if I could describe my paintings then I would not paint, but write. I cannot interpret my paintings with words; I don’t know how to do it. Therefore I paint, and I paint for this reason so I don’t need to talk about it. It’s all about the message, and my message goes to the viewer not through the words but through the painting. This is also the reason that majority of my painting do not have a title. I leave this to the viewer”.

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Artist's Main Exhibitions

05.2003 – Centrum Kultury AGORA Wrocław (Poland)

04.2005 – Galeria Epicentrum in Jastrzębie Zdrój (Poland)

09.2005 – Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition in Belfast (Northern Ireland)

11.2008 – Dreamscape Amsterdam 2008 ( Netherlands)

05.2009 – International Art Exhibition, Graham Fine Art – London (United Kingdom)

06.2009 – World Art Expo – Orange County, California (United States)

11.2009 – “Genesis”, Chalk Farm Gallery, Santa Fe (United States)

03.2010 – Dreamscape Amsterdam 2010 (Netherlands)

07.2010 – EXCLAMATIONS!, Chapelle des Jésuites (France) – (Libellule Group)

09.2010 – EXCLAMATIONS!, VIECHTACH – First Fantastic Art Biennial, Alten Rathaus (Germany) -(Libellule Group)

11.2010 – “$ 1,000,000.00”,Comparaisons 2010, Grand Palais, Paris (France)- (Libellule Group)

02.2011 “Equanimity”, Chalk Farm Gallery, Santa Fe (United States)

02.2011 – EXCLAMATIONS! Museumsgalerie Palais Palffy, Vienna (Austria) – (Libellule Group)

06.2011 – Graham Fine Art, London (United Kingdom)

11.2011 – PHOENIX AND DRAGONS Comparaisons 2011, Grand Palais, Paris (France) – (Libellule Group)

03.2012  “$ 1,000,000.00”, Chamalieres (France) – (Libellule Group)

03.2012  DREAMSCAPES MIXED-UP, Enschede (Netherlands)

05.2012  Graham Fine Art, London (united Kingdom)

07.2012  PHOENIX AND DRAGONS, Chaumont en Champagne (France) – (Libellule Group)

09.2012  PHOENIX AND DRAGONS Second Fantastic Art Biennial – Alten Rathaus, Viechtach (Germany) – (Libellule Group)

11.2012 – “ZODIAC”  Comparaisons 2012, Grand Palais, Paris, France – (Libellule Group)

01.2013 – “$ 1,000,000.00”  Phantasten Museums, Palais Palffy, Vienna, Austria – (Libellule Group)

04.2013  “$ 1,000,000.00” Riegersburg’s Baroque Castle, Austria – (Libellule Group)

06.2013  “DREAMSCAPES V”  Alten Rathaus,Viechtach, Germany

06.2013 – Tomasz joined Artéclat – where dreams become art – fine art online gallery

09.2013 – “MAGICAL DREAMS II” Bator Art Gallery, Szczyrk, Poland

09.2013 –  “PHOENIX AND DRAGONS”  Annweiler Hohenstaufensaal, Germany – (Libellule Group)

12.2013 – “TRIBUTE TO OLD MASTERS” Comparaisons 2013, Grand Palais, Paris, France – (Libellule Group)

03.2014 – “Antiques Art & Interiors Fair”, RDS, Dublin, Ireland

08.2014 – ZODIAC  CHAUMONT EN CHAMPAGNE – Chapelle des Jésuites, France – (Libellule Group)

09.2014 –  ZODIAC VIECHTACH – 3rd Fantastic Art Biennial – Alten Rathaus, Germany – (Libellule Group)

10.2014 – “Dreamscapses” Alden Biesen, Belgium

11.2014 – “Art Source 2014” Art exhibition in The Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland

11.2015 – Charity auction “Wielkie Serce” Society, Poland

02.2016 -5th beinArt at CoproGallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.

02.2016 – “Zodiac” & “One Million Dollar Banknotes” – Museum im Schafstall, Neuenstadt am Kocher, Germany (Libellule Group)

03.2016 – “Ponad horyzontem zdarzeń. Wizjonerzy malarstwa polskiego” – Gallery Quantum, Warsaw, Poland

05.2016 – „MAGICAL DREAMS III”, Poland, Germany

07.2016 – “Im’ago Primordialis” – Krab Jab Studio, Seattle USA

08.2016 – “Polish Contemporary Art: Surrealism & Magic Realism” – Auction House DESA Unicum, Warsaw, Poland

09.2016 – “Tribute to Old Masters” – Viechtach, Germany (Libellule Group)

02.2017 – “Metamorfoza”, Gdansk, Poland

02.2017 – “Shadow” at BeinArt Gallery, Brunswick, Australia

02.2017 – “Ponad horyzontem zdarzeń. Wizjonerzy malarstwa polskiego” – III edition, Gallery Quantum, Warsaw, Poland

09.2017 – “Metamorfoza”, Wroclaw, Poland

09.2017 – “Magical Dreams IV” at Bator Art Gallery, Szczyrk, Poland

11.2017 – “Into the Woods II” at Haven Gallery, New York, USA

11.2017 – “Dreamscapes” Contemporary Imaginary Realism- Edition Six, Traun, Austria

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