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.
Katarzyna Górna, b. 1968
Katarzyna Górna, author of photographs, films and installations, is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the atelier of Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski. Her interests revolve mostly around symbolic forms of women’s image in culture, social stereotypes and exploring the area of creating cultural symbols. She often refers to religious iconography and Biblical motifs, as well as history and popular culture. Since 2010, she has been involved in the so-called secretariat of the Citizens’ Forum of Contemporary Art. In 2012, she co-organised an artists’ strike with the slogan “Day without Art” during which exhibition spaces and institutions from all over Poland closed their doors for a day as a mark of solidarity with artists, usually excluded from the system of health and social insurance. In late 2013, on Katarzyna’s initiative, a national community commission “Pracownia Sztuki” was formed, within the Workers’ Initiative union. She is the initiator and co-editor of "The Black Book of Polish Artists" (published by Political Critique, 2015). In 2018, she was awarded the Maria Anto & Elsa Freytag-Loringhoven Art Prize. In June 2019, Katarzyna defended her doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin.
Olsza Grochowska, b. 1985
Olsza is a photographer, graduate of the European Academy of Photography. In 2012 Olsza completed, with honours, post-graduate MA studies in Fashion Photography at the London College of Fashion. In the same year she won photography competitions organised by L’Oreal Professionnel and fashion brand Damart. In 2014, she became the finalist of the Royal Photographic Society competition. In addition to that she has master degree of Warsaw University in law studies. She speaks English, Spanish and French. Polish is her mother language. Since her university days, she has been photographing on film sets and in theatres, as well as for advertising photoshoots. Every chance she gets, Olsza returns to the source of her fascination and takes nature photographs with her medium analog camera. In 2018, she started working on her first installation entitled Foehn. The project is devoted to the impact of the foehn wind on the environment and people residing in areas where it occurs. Olsza portrays nature. She has exceptional sensitivity which makes these pictures magical.
Małgorzata Gurowska, b. 1977
Małgorzata is involved in graphic design, video art, installation, sculpture, drawing and creating art books. She is a graduate and now a member of the academic staff of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She co-creates Fundacja Sztuczna. In her works, Małgosia focuses on social and political issues, in particular critical description of relationships of people and non-people. Gurowska has received many Polish and international prizes, including the Nami Island Grand Prix International Picture Book Illustration Concourse, the Grand Prix MTG of Young Polish Print in Krakow, the Book of the Year of The Polish Section of IBBY, the White Raven Award of International Youth Library, the Taipei International Digital Content Award, an award at the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), the Muzeum Widzialne Award, the Sybilla Award, the Złota Chimera Award, an award at the Shenzhen International Poster Festival, the GrandFront Award, a medal at the Biennial of Polish Poster in Katowice, the Most Beautiful Book of the Year award from the Polish Association of Book Publishers (PTWK), the Main Award at the Polish Graphic Design Awards, the Main Award – Best of the Best at the Little Hakka International Picture Book Award, Grand Prix BICeBé – Bienal del Cartel Bolivia, Bologna Ragazzi Award, and a gold medal at the European Design Awards. Since 2015, she has collaborated with the University of Warsaw's Philosophy and Sociology Department on Cartographies Of Strangeness, Otherness, and (ex)/(in)clusion: The Perspective of Contemporary Philosophy and Art, financed by the National Programme for the Development of Humanities. Together with representatives of the humanistic sciences, she created a project that is all about bringing the arts and sciences together, with the emphasis on post-humanism and new materialism. For her, art is a means of intervention and a way of challenging the status quo. Gurowska participated in numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad. She lives and works in Warsaw.
Małgorzata Iwaniuk, b. 1990
Małgorzata is a graduate of the Faculty of Stage Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (she defended her MA diploma in the atelier of costume making and the atelier of painting). In 2017, she received an honourable mention in the competition for the Jerzy Moskal stage design award. Her work involves painting and performance. Her day job includes working on costumes and stage designs in theatre, film productions, music videos and advertisements. She created art installations for the Global Resource Information Database. For several years, she has been conducting stage design and costume design workshops for children and youth in the Documentary and Feature Film Studios in Warsaw.
Maria Kiesner, b. 1976
Maria graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (diploma under the supervision of Prof. J. Modzelewski in 2002). In 2009, she defended her doctorate titled "City Before the Stormat" the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 2005 and 2007 she received the scholarship of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. She works at the Institute of Art Education, Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. In the academic year 2015/2016 she worked as an assistant in the atelier of Painting and Drawing of Prof. Andrzej Bieńkowski and Prof. Łukasz Karolkiewicz at the Faculty of Design of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and conducted her own painting studio in the Department of Fashion of the same Faculty of Design. In 2017, by a decision of the Faculty Council of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, she was granted the title of doctor habilitatus.
"I paint architecture and urban landscapes. I depict objects realistically, ascetically, without the staffage. I’m interested in forgotten relics of socialist modernism and modernism."
Marta Kozera, b. 1985
In 2009, Marta completed clinical psychology studies at the SWPS University, specialising in group psychology and addiction psychotherapy. In 2011, she began studies at the Faculty of Stage Design of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts which she completed in 2016 with a diploma for designing the staging, set and costumes for the play based on Henrik Ibsen’s "The Lady from the Sea". In the same year, her graduation work was featured in the “Coming Out” exhibition, among the best diplomas of students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and she received the Jerzy Moskal stage design award for the theatre MA diploma at the New Stage Design Festival in Katowice. From 2016, she has been working as an assistant in her alma mater, the Faculty of Stage Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She regularly designs sets and costumes for theatre and film productions. Marta is inspired by relationships of an individual’s internal world (with its sensitivity and longings) with space and the natural world. Her means of observing and capturing moods of humans and nature is analogue photography.