Born and raised in Poland, Dawid Planeta was always surrounded by art – his father is a photographer and mother is an art teacher. He studied industrial design at Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow but he was never particularly interested in it. What interested him more was art and photography, but also psychology, mythology, symbolism and the mysterious world of subconsciousness.
In his works he uses digital technique to create moody, introspective works that are strangely familiar and disturbingly fascinating. “Art is about going to the edge of consciousness”, Planeta says, “where the basic layer of reality is fading away and you can see the whole different world underneath. It’s a place of memories that are yet to happen, where the future and the past are one. My art is a window that can help you to reconnect with deep parts of your mind, parts you often ignore.”
His most recognizable works comes from the series of grayscale illustrations titled Mini People – they explore the artist’s personal experience with depression, visualizing the mental journey through dark times. Planeta explains, “It’s a story of a man descending into darkness and chaos to face the parts of his mind he’s been neglecting for so long.” A small figure appears throughout the poignant series, perhaps representing Planeta himself. He’s seen wandering through the fog-filled labyrinth, bravely facing the ominous jungle animals who feature glowing eyes that illuminate the darkness. They seem to be guiding him through the deep jungle, “to find his inner strength, find the light and come back with it.”