Jacek J. Kolasinski is a New-Media artist, an Associate Professor of Visual Arts and the former Chair of the Art and Art History Department at Florida International University. Founding Director of the Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator preparing students to the world of entrepreneurship in art + Design. He came to the United States from Poland where he studied history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Kolasiński received his MFA from Florida International University in Miami, and his Ph.D. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.
Pictured above is an exhibition that included works by Kolasinski, Roberto Rovira, and Orlando Garcia that explored Medieval socio-economic landscapes, New World ecological/urban migration, and identity. The exhibition was on display at the Patricia & Phillip Art Museum as well as the Miami Beach Urban Studios. Stadtluft macht frei (urban air makes you free) is a medieval German dictum that describes a principle of law that offered freedom and land to settlers who took up urban residence for more than “a year and a day.”