Sebastian Bieniek (B1EN1EK) born 1975 in Upper Silesia, moved 1996 to study under the performance artist Marina Abramovic and the swiss conceptual artist John M. Armleder art to Braunschweig. Two years later he moved to Berlin.
2002 he became a Meisterschüler of the University of Art Berlin in the class of Prof. Katharina Sieverding. 2002-2014 he has also study movie directing in the DFFB (german film and tv school Berlin) which he left with a degree of movie director in 2014.
His best known artworks are radical performances, conceptual paintings which have often a humorous and ambivalent message and so called Doublefaced photographs, where he also works with in the field of humor, ambivalence and illusion. In his own words: „When the real looks like fake and the fake looks like real“ is his oeuvre.
2015 "The Culture Trip Magazine" selected Sebastian Bieniek as one of the "Top 5 Influential Contemporary Berlin-Based Artists". 2018 he was ranked as the no. 171 in the "Global Thought Leader Ranking".
Bieniek’s work has recently been exhibited in Views (Kingdom of Bahrain,), The Imitation of the Imitation (Potemka Gallery, Leipzig), The Melancholy of Elefphants (Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin), Doublefaced (Centro Cultural PUCE, Quito/Equador), at the Art Basel Miami in Florida and at the MIA Photo Fair in Milan.