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.

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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.

London book launch:
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 6-9pm
Ryder Street Gallery at Chrystie’s on King’s Street

NYC book launch:
Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 6-9pm
One Art Space
23 Warren Street (btw. Broadway & Church)

Upcoming:
LONDON EXHIBITION at BEERS CONTEMPORARY
1 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU.
Preview: Thurs 27 Nov 6-9pm / Exhibition: 28 Nov – 17 Jan 2015

List of exhibiting artistsDale Adcock, Julieta Aguinaco, Chechu Alava, Kristina Alisauskaite, Michael Armitage, Cornelia Baltes, Aglae Bassens, Emma Bennett, Gl Brierley, Sze Yang Boo, Jane Bustin, Carla Busuttil, Blake Daniels, Adam Dix, Tomory Dodge, Dejan Dukic, Zhang Fan, Marc Freeman, Nuno Gil, Pablo Griss, Kate Groobey, Andre Hemer, Akira Ikezoe, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Lael Marshall, James Kudo, Guillermo Mora, Ryan Mosley, Kinga Nowak, Sikelela Owens, Emily Platzer, Henrijs Priss, Anna Ring, Richard Roth, Javanta Roy, James Ryan, Andrew Salgado, Pawel Sliwinski, Lukasz Stoklosa, Evren Sungur, Emma Tablot, Jirapat Tatsanasomboon, Aleksandar Todorovic, Ivana De Vivanco, Mathew Weir.

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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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