Radek Muniak is a philosopher, self-taught painter, writer, practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, and traveler, currently living in Mexico City.
As a child Radek loved to draw houses. Strange structures that defied gravity, practicality and common sense. He wanted to be an architect, so these weren’t your average two-dimensional children's doodles, but complex designs made with rulers, drafting triangles and compasses.
“I was a professional, or at least as much of a professional as a ten year old with no understanding of geometric principles can be. Rarely were my projects made for actual people; they were homes, but uninhabitable ones, made not to be lived in but through.”
Radek forgot about his childhood drawings and games, until a couple of years ago when he was living in Kathmandu and started to paint mandalas as part of his Tibetan Buddhist practice.
“It soon escalated and unintentionally I became a full-time, self-taught painter. I realized my childhood drawings, games and journeys were essentially the same thing: I was always making mandalas. I was tracing my way back home.”
According to Muniak, the Mandala is a device that blends vision and experience causing a sensation of smear, through which we recognize unity and become whole. It is a medium of reconstruction, reintegration and creative disintegration. The process of making the mandala literally draws out light, giving form to the infinite possibilities hidden in the depths of our subconscious, tapping into our primordial powers. The Mandala brings out unexpressed fears, impulses and passions. It’s a meditation tool that can help see our mind for what it truly is - both discord and harmony.
“My paintings are a process of centering - the gathering of oneself as if by an inward throw of a stone into the pool of one’s own consciousness, and expansion as in travel. Two movements, defined by any number of directions - a movement toward and a movement away, essentially meaning the same thing: birth and death, the basic polarities which define our existence. Similar to a journey in which the two extremes are made perceptible in the here and there. “
Muniak is a former assistant professor at SWPS University in Warsaw, author of two non-fiction books (“The Puppet Effect” and “Cultural Dimensions of Genocide”), countless articles on art, philosophy and anthropology, and one, as yet unpublished (nor finished) novel. Radek Muniak is a lover of ambiguities, the moon, dogs and weird smelling cheeses.