Biogram

Born in Krakow, grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Faculty of Painting in 2001. Studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in years 2000-2002. Since 2002, she has been working in the painting studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 2007, she worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts, London College of Communication, London UK. Attained PhD in 2007 and earned a habilitation in 2012. Lives and works in Krakow.

Upcoming exhibitions:

19.10.2017-01.04.2018
MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Artists form Krakow: The Generation 1970-79

08.12.2017-20.01.2018
Lokal_30 Gallery, Warsaw
Quite possible 
(with Anna Panek, Karol Komorowski)

06.02.2018-30.03.2018
MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts
Debrecen, Hungary
(solo exhibition)


In 2014 included in the publication 100 Painters of Tomorrow by Kurt Beers, publisher Thames & Hudson
100 Painters of Tomorrow introduces and presents the work of a global cast of painters selected by an international panel featuring some of the most prominent names in contemporary art, and offers a snapshot of the best new talent in painting from across the world. The selection panel comprised Cecily Brown, Tony Godfrey, Yuko Hasegawa, Gregor Muir, Suzanne Hudson, Barry Schwabsky, Philip Tinari, Jacky Klein, Valeria Napoleone and the author Kurt Beers.

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Kinga Nowak is a painter for whom the subconscious spirit is the greatest source of inspiration. Forgotten memories from childhood are revisited decades later and inform her work on a subliminal level. It transpires, for example, that recurrent African motifs originate from childhood exposure to a museum of African art – a connection that only occurred to Nowak years later, in adult life. Incorporating elements like these symbolizes the juxtaposition of past and present, a prevalent theme in Nowak’s work. Her paintings – a mixture of figurative scenarios, seemingly out of context and set within flattened, almost cartoonish landscapes – aim to express the ambiguity of emotions and relationships, as well as the fragile link between memory and the self. “I choose representation “ the artist says, “but I try to avoid literality or naturalism. Memory joins elements of culture and art with personal experience.” Nowak views paint as a medium through which the thin boundary between what is material, spiritual and intellectual can be crossed. “Painting lets us grasp something deeper and ethereal”, she notes. It is an object and an idea at the same time”. She therefore crafts each of her paintings as a kind of puzzle, attempting to convey a feeling of narrative or metaphor to the viewer on a subconscious level. Only through this methodology does Nowak believe that she is able to reach into the past and solidify her memories and messages for her viewers as something less ephemeral and more substantial.

Kurt Beers
Director Beers London

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culture.pl/en/artist/kinga-nowak

Selected individual exhibitions:

2016 – Forms of Imagination, Widna Gallery, Krakow, curator Magdalena Ujma
magazynszum.pl/do-zobaczenia/formy-wyobrazni-kingi-nowak-w-galerii-widna

2015  – Zenith, MGS Częstochowa, curator Barbara Major
news.o.pl/2015/04/14/kinga-nowak-zenit-miejska-galeria-sztuki-czestochowa/#/

Selection of the collective exhibitions:

2017 - Polish forest, Biała Gallery, Lublin, curator Magdalena Ujma
https://magazynszum.pl/do-zobaczenia/polski-las-w-galerii-bialej/

2015 – 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers London Gallery
www.beerslondon.com/exhibitions/100-painters-of-tomorrow

2014 – Four painters (with Pawel Śliwiński, Łukasz Stokłosa, Jakub Julian Ziółkowski), Zderzak Gallery, Krakow
zderzak.pl/2014-czworo-malarzy-jutra,588.html

2014 – Sztuka piękniejsza niż błoto (with Marta Antoniak, Tomasz Baran, Mateusz Szczypiński, Łukasz Stokłosa, Darek Vasina, Michał Bratko, Bartosz Kokosiński, Luka Woźniczko), Browar Lubicz, Krakow
pba.asp.krakow.pl/category/sztukacenniejszanizbloto/

2014 – Solar System (with Cecylia Malik, Rafał Borcz, Kasia Skrobiszewska, Lena Muethe), Browar, Krakow
pba.asp.krakow.pl/category/solarsystem/

2014 – Naked walls are beautifull, Browar Lubicz, Krakow
pba.asp.krakow.pl/category/nagie-sciany-sa-piekne/

2012 – Jealousy and medicine, with „Gili Gili” group, Ligatura Poznań, Fanzin Festival Paris Rookie Festival, Galeria Arenał, Poznań, 2nd Alternative Press Festival, Londyn, Cover: Kinga Nowak
g-i-l-i-g-i-l-i.blogspot.com/2012_11_01_archive.html

2011 – “Warsaw is a woman”, (with Michał Bratko) organised by ”Krytyka Polityczna”, Chłodna 25 Club,Warsaw
2010 – Photocopypainting, BWA in Sanok, curator Sławomir Toman
2009 – My Pneuma , as a part of „Art fusion” organised by „Kultura liberalna”, „Nowy Wspaniały Świat”, Warsaw
2009 – Survival_7, Young Art In Extreme Conditions, Stairway and Energia (with Bogna Podbielska), Wrocław
2008 – Young creation, (D. Borowa, M. Szymankiewicz), Program Gallery and Starak Family Foundation, Warsaw

Awards and other achievements:

2011–Awarded by Grazella Foundation Grant
2008–Nominated for the Krystiana Robb-Narbutt Grant
2008–Honorary mention in the “Turn on Feminism” competition (with Michał Bratko)
2008–Finalist of the XXII Festival of Contemporary Painting, Szczecin
2006–Finalist of the Painting of the year 2005 competition, Art&Business, Warsaw
2005–Granted the “Young Poland” Scholarship of the Minister of Culture
2005–Finalist of the Bielsko Autumn 2005 competition, Bielsko-Biala
2004–Granted the Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow