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Otecki (Wojciech Kołacz)

Polish, born 1984

Otecki's Work and Play, 2018, at 617 Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo. Photo: Tom Loonan for Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Work and Play,

Public Artwork Details

Currently on View


Acrylic paint


Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative, 2018

Location: 617 Fillmore Avenue (Get Directions)

Wrocław, Poland–based artist Otecki (Wojciech Kołacz) has created an installation, Work and Play, that significantly adds to the cultural landscape of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, historically settled and established by many Polish families; today, Buffalo is home to the second largest Polish population in the United States. The location is directly across the street from Torn Space Theater, which is housed in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle.

Wojciech Kołacz, a.k.a. Otecki (Polish, born 1984), is an illustrator, printmaker, painter, and mural artist working in Wrocław, Poland. Otecki finds influence in Cubism, non-Western art, and Slavonic folklore. He is fond of presenting dualistic worlds and characters; especially human-animal combinations that are “part majesty and part mystery,” as the artist puts it.

This project is supported in part by Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services, which partnered with the AK Public Art Initiative in 2017 to produce Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez’s Welcome Wall mural.

Project Sponsors

This mural has been sponsored in part by Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services and M&T Bank.

Additional support for this mural has been provided by Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Company.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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    Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez's Welcome Wall

    Check out Keir Johnston and Ernel Martinez's Welcome Wall, 2017, a few blocks north at 751 Fillmore Avenue.