Born Agata Oleksiak, in 1978, in industrial Poland, OLEK’s art allowed her to leave her gritty, narrow-minded hometown of Silesia. Through colours and conceptual exploration, OLEK’s art examines sexuality, feminist ideas, and the evolution of communication, all with meticulous detail and total candour. OLEK consistently pushes the boundaries of fashion, art, crafts and public art, fluidly combining the sculptural and the fanciful. With the old-fashioned technique of crocheting, she has taken the ephemeral medium of yarn to express everyday occurrences and inspirations, thus creating a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our bodies and our psychological processes. OLEK’s bursts of bright colours often mask political and cultural critiques woven into the fibres of installations, mirroring her respect for artists and writers. She highlights that which already exists in real time, in our environment. As an active supporter of women’s rights, sexual equality, and freedom of expression, OLEK has used the broad appeal of her work to display her solidarity with those stifled by oppressive laws worldwide. Through her body of work, OLEK has always sought to bring colour and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. OLEK’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces worldwide, from Art Basel and Wynwood Walls in Miami to the Brooklyn Museum in New York, The Smithsonian in Washington DC., Honolulu Museum of Art in Honolulu, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the Avesta Museum in Sweden. OLEK currently lives and works in Brooklyn.