Kaisu Almonkari, b. 1989
Kaisu is half Polish, half Finnish. She is a sculptor, graphic artist and illustrator.
In 2016, she graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her graduation piece, "Polish Monument" was created under the supervision of Prof. Mirosław Duchowski. The exhibition of the work in the courtyard of the Academy provoked the discussion about the role of sculpture in the public space. My work was intended to draw attention to what happens with monuments not only in Warsaw, but everywhere in Poland. It aims at combatting ugliness and the so-called “pastelosis”, the artist emphasises. Formally, "Polish Monument" alludes to the Monument to Brotherhood in Arms known as “the four sleepers”. Instead of them, Almonkari’s graduation piece features the figures of John Paul II, Adam Małysz, Wisława Szymborska and Maria Skłodowska-Curie. At the very top – the 2+1 model of Polish family. Her sculpture was distinguished by being presented during the “Coming Out” exhibition, among the best graduation pieces of the Academy of Fine Arts students in 2016. Apart from socially involved projects, the artist creates decorative, organic sculptures in wood and illustrations, understated in form, commenting everyday life.
Lilianna Antkowiak Walewska, 1947-2018
Lilianna Antkowiak Walewska graduated from the Faculty of Visual Design
(later Industrial Design) at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. For years, she has held management positions related to publishing. She collaborated, among others, with such publications as: “Antena”, “Kobieta i Styl”, “Film”, “Prawo i życie”, as well as promotional and artistic agencies and the editorial staff of art publishers MAW, FAMA festival, Klub Stodoła or TVP S.A. Lilianna is the author of stage designs, exhibition designs, publication layouts, visual communication and other visual elements.
She was mainly involved in graphic design, as well as creating reproductions of paintings.
Gosia Bartosik, b. 1986
Gosia is a painter, graphic designer and artist. She graduated from the Faculty of Painting and Printmaking at the University of Arts in Poznań in 2012, and she is currently a doctoral student at the same school. Her works are featured in solo and group exhibitions, print publications, street art and other activities going “outside galleries”. Bartosik’s works are a critical commentary to human sensitivity and insensitivity. The artist ask questions about the human condition and points to the way of treating the world, animals and other people. She conveys her observations usually in misshapen forms, “not entirely human, not entirely animal, biologically broken”.
Magdalena Bielesz, b. 1977
Magdalena Bielesz is a painter, author of installations, objects, drawings and films.
She graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her graduation piece was created in 2002 in the “guest atelier” of Leon Tarasewicz. Magda received the scholarship of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage multiple times. She is the author of diverse artistic and social projects in urban space (including Alternative life, Zachęta Project Room, 2016; Minimonidła, space around the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia in Gdańsk, 2015). In 2019 she participated in "Residencia Corazón" a month-long residency programme in La Plata (Argentina). It resulted in the artist's solo exhibition "The Legend," devoted to the relationship of her ancestors with South America. Works of Bielesz very often concern private areas, memory, dreams and recollections. Motifs she uses are drawn mainly from her childhood and processed, as they come, by her imagination. She looks for their common features and differences which she expresses in a formally characteristic style, adding a metaphoric dimension to her art. The most characteristic feature of Bielesz is an extraordinary clarity of image. She lives and works in Warsaw.
Joanna Borkowska, b. 1972
Joanna Borkowska, an abstract painter, was born in Poland and lives and works in Warsaw. She studied political science at the Jagiellonian University, the University of Oxford, and Paul Valéry University of Montpellier, France. She earned her doctorate in 2004 from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she lectured on the history of political thought and international relations from 2001 to 2007.
In 2006, she published a book titled Catharism: A Dispute Over Medieval Dualism. Since 2008, Borkowska has devoted herself completely to painting. After debuting in 2009 with a solo exhibition in the National Museum in Szczecin, she has exhibited in Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, Spain and USA, as well as throughout Poland. She has been an artist in residence at Matadero Madrid Contemporary Art Center and Levadura (2014), Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2018) and Residency Unlimited in New York (2018).The source of Borkowska’s inspiration is Nature, which she understands as everything that is, from the molecular to the cosmic, with all its forces and processes. Her practice explores her interest in the beginning and the end of the Universe, and ideas related to the concepts of Nothingness and Absolute Nothingness in both philosophy and science. In her work, she translates these ideas and the invisible, vibrational aspects of Nature onto the canvas. She works mainly with oils and she is constantly experimenting with traditional materials. Her paintings interact with the light and the movement of the viewer. A painting passes from being an object into a personal experience, giving the viewer a sense of magic and wonder.
Kornelia Dzikowska, b. 1990
Kornelia graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2018. She also studied at UdK Berlin (2017) and ABK Stuttgart (2016). She is a graduate of the Faculty of Film Production of the Film School in Łódź (2013). Kornelia is a two-time scholarship holder of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage for remarkable artistic achievements (2015/2016 and 2016/2017). She also received the Rectors’ Award at the international exhibition of the best graduation pieces of Fine Art Academies in Gdańsk (2018). Kornelia creates spatial and multimedia installations, often site-specific. She has experience in working on stage designs and costumes for theatrical performances. Kornelia’s graduation piece "Thing About Desire" was featured in the “Coming Out” exhibition of the best diplomas of the students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2018). Currently, Kornelia works on her doctoral thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.