A student of Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts from 1981 to 1985, he graduated in sculpture in the class of Professor Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. Between 1985 and 1987, he was a member of the Neue Bieriemiennost group with Miroslaw Bałka and Miroslaw Filonik. From 1996, he worked with Małgorzata Malinowska/Kocur as an artistic duo. He lived and worked in Warsaw.
Right after his studies Marek Kijewski created figurative sculptures that were close to "new expression" in style. His pieces and spatial installations were characterized by an ironic perversity, and their titles were an integral part of the messages poetics (With Arm and Sword / Żywią I bronią, The Meditations of King Sigismund III About a Woman Fallen in Spirit / Rozmowa Zygmunta Trzeciego na temat kobiety upadłej na duchu). Towards the end of the 1990s, Kijewski slowly stripped his works of expressiveness and figurative forms in favour of a contemplative edge and a search for the mystical, abstraction. After a period of simplifying forms, he gradually deprived his sculptures of a physical dimension, creating projects which primarily used light (incandescent and neon) as their material. He also introduced colour (primarily blue, red and white) into his sculptures and its symbolism as defined by the Orthodox theologian Paul Florensky. This became a very important motif in Kijewski's later projects, in which the artist transformed colour symbolism into one of the primary semantic tools of his work.
Around the year 2000 Kijewski returned to primary forms in his pieces. Around the same time the system Ethical Bits was created, which related to the dichotomies of good vs evil and mind vs matter, and visual constructions which represent them. Bits, the smallest elements of computer space, were combined in this system with the colour symbolism adopted by the Orthodox Church, Malevich’s Suprematism and the colour gold representing energy. Kijewski intended the Ethical Bits language to aid our passage into the world of new spirituality (third millenium). Bites are shaped in the form of a cube or the letter T, made of plastic with dimensions based on the elementary numerological scale from 1 to 9. He used them to build architectural constructs called ‘gates’: Heaven Gates, Papa Gates, Hell Gates, Bill Gates, and Golden Gates, as well as bas-reliefs which were an expansion of this system in a plane.
In 2007, Kijewski invited a group of artist friends of his to a open-air workshop entitled Bifurcations. Among them were Małgorzata Malinowska, Piotr Kurka, Robert Rumas, Julita Wójcik, Joanna Rajkowska, Oskar Dawicki, Robert Jurkowski, Leszek Golec, Tatiana Czekalski, Mirosław Bałka and Tomasz Stańko. During his stay in Orońsko, Kijewski created a prototype of his work First Element, that was supposed to consist of thirteen figurines of dogs cast in resin. There was a huge heart ‘growing’ out of each of their chest – Kijewski planned to place a small amount of explosive material inside them for the post workshop exhibition, so that the dogs' hearts would explode (yet he resigned from the idea for safety reasons). The twelve figurines in blue, red and one in gold were symbolically referring to the spirit (blue), matter (red) and pure energy (gold). The installation was never finished as the artist died shortly after the workshop. However, it was possible to reconstruct it based on sketches and the prototype design. It was then presented along with the other artist’s pieces at the post workshop exhibition Bifurcations in Orońsko in 2008."
Author: Ewa Gorządek, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, October 2004; up-date: June 2009, Translated by: Zuzanna Wiśniewska, September 2015 (culture.pl/en/artist/marek-kijewski)