Born in Poland in 1984, Bartosz Beda relocated to the UK in 2008 to study at the Manchester School of Art. After graduating in 2012 with a MA in Fine Art, Beda was selected for the 2012 Catlin Art Guide as the most promising emerging artist in the UK. Short-listed for the Title Art Prize, the Door Prize, and The Saatchi New Sensations 2012, he won the esteemed Torwy Award for the Best of the North of England in 2012. Beda was finalist for the Williams Drawing Prize in Connecticut, USA, and won second place in the Viewpoints 2014 competition at the Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art in New Jersey, USA, 2014.
Beda was awarded a six-month scholarship from Manchester Metropolitan University to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Germany in 2012/13, and received a fellowship from Fondazione per’l Arte, Rome, Italy in 2016.
He has participated in group shows including Microarte. El tamano si importa, Galeria Liebre, Madrid, Spain, 2012; Schools of Art. Voll.3, Oktogon der HfBK, Dresden, Germany, 2013; Petty Theft, Launch f18, New York, USA, 2013; ING Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK, 2015. He has had solo exhibitions in Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Colombia and United States. His works are in private collections throughout Europe, the United States, South Africa and Asia.
Before relocating to England, Beda worked on animation in the film industry, including two movie productions, Ichthis by Marek Skrobecki (2005) and Peter and the Wolf by Suzieh Tempelton (2006), which received the Oscar Prize in 2007.
Beda’s art has been widely interviewed and referenced for The Independend, A-N Magazine, Mastars at Axisweb, Arteon Art Magazine, Expose Magazine, Spokesman Review, and featured in The Guardian, The Telegraph and Money Week. Mentioned on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013 as ‘one to watch’. He now lives and works in the United States.