Dubbed one of the most exciting artists in Europe today by the savvy observers at artnet News, Przemek Pyszczek came to art after specializing in environmental design while studying architecture in Winnipeg. Some of the industry’s hippest galleries worldwide have shown his work, like Paris’s Galerie Derouillon; Los Angeles’s Nicodim Gallery; and Berlin galleries including Peres Projects. He’s been widely recognized by others in the press, too, including by publications like Artforum and Der Tagesspiegel.

In this video, the artist, Polish-born, raised in Canada and now living in Berlin, is surrounded by works in his studio, where he talks about how changes in Canadian housing projects sparked his interest, about how his favorite spots in his adopted home city reflect bygone eras, and his drawings for Absolut Art, which are based on facades of Communist-era buildings in Poland.