In my works I have been avoiding storytelling and references of scale and time in order to unravel meaning. I remain most interested in exploring the relationships between culture and nature, or document (the perception of the real) and artifice (the deception of reality).

Photography allows me to create the most straightforward, yet highly personal images of water, sky, land, the lotus flower or a person within the context of landscape, beliefs and most importantly myth. My work process is very emotional and often challenging as I aim to establish a most intimate relationship and understanding of the subject.


Jan Tyniec

Born in 1960 in Warsaw, Poland. He received MFA degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1983) and Hunter College in New York (1989). Between 1986 and 2005 he lived and worked in New York City. Currently he lives in Bali, Indonesia and Warsaw, Poland.

In recent years he traveled extensively to work on photography projects in the US, Indochina, Antarctica, Indonesia and China.

His photographs were shown recently in solo exhibitions: “Radiance Cycles” at River Gallery, Narrowsburg, New York 2007,”Bali – Full Circle”, Klima Bochenska Gallery, Warsaw, Poland 2004, Edward Carter Gallery and at the Collegiate School in New York 2003, “Indochina – Antarctica” at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, Bali, Indonesia 2002; in group exhibitions: “Art Infinitum” at Tony Raka Gallery, Bali 2012,”Art on the Edge” at Hawley Silk Mill, PA 2011, “From Fire to Ice: Conflicting Concepts” at the Edward Carter Gallery 2003, “America the Beautiful”, the Edward Carter Gallery, New York 2001, “Through the Lens of September 11”,SoHo Photo, New York (2002), Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Cannan, CT 2001, “Not a Theme Show”, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh 2000.

Photographic portfolios by Tyniec: “Bonsai” 2009-cont., “Full Circle: Bali” 2002-cont., “Indefinite Boundary: Antarctica” 2001, “Indefinite Boundary: Desert” 1998-2000, “Designs for the Sky” 1997-cont., “Designs for a Water Surface” 1996-cont., “Mekong” 1996-cont.

Tyniec’s photographs of Hong Kong were published in the Guggenheim Magazine in the spring of 1997.

In 2002 and 2003 he was a guest artist at the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia; in 1988 at the Millay Colony for the Arts, New York and was a recipient of the Fulbright Educational Grant in 1986-87.

His paintings, drawings and photographs can be found in private, corporate and public collections in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Tyniec’s photographs have a capacity to incline profound silence (…) Their emptiness holds the quality of a metaphor, a state of mind found in many forms of Eastern thought. Yet Tyniec’s emptiness comes from a Western point of view, where a word “infinity” is more likely to be used. His photographs represent a pictorial vision in search of a new subjectivity.

Robert C. Morgan 2000