Oriraf - Rafal Tarnawski was born in Wrocław, Poland. In 1986 he moved to Lund, Sweden, where he graduated from the School of Graphic Design and spent several years working with photography, graphics, illustration and advertising. In 2006 he returned back to Warsaw, Poland to study sculpture techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts. Oriraf utilises a wide range of materials and techniques to deliver unexpected interpretations of the sculpted human figure; to distort, deconstruct, or encase his forms and reveal an emotional or physical situation - or to tell a story. For him, art is a form of communication - universal communication at a higher level - the level of aesthetics and beauty, the ethereal substance that is the
core of this universe and gives meaning to our lives. Oriraf started his sculpting career in Warsaw at the Academy of Arts in Professor P. Gawron’s workshop. Since then, he has been sculpting full-time
and has exhibited his work regularly in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Poland and Sweden. His works are mainly i private collections in Poland, Sweden and France.