I was born in Wrocław, Poland, a city that decades ago had belonged to Germany.
An umbrella stretched over my pram turned out to be my first powerful visual impact. It was brightly coloured and the pattern was intricate enough to guarantee my parents some lengthy and longed-for hours of calm. From then on, I would consistently become “enchanted” by the visual world. As time went by, nonetheless, mere observation was no longer enough, I wanted to have it for myself.
I do recall the words of one of my professors at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Krakow, referring to the need to carry a small block of sketches with you at all times, which, according to him, was as essential as a handkerchief.
During those university years dedicated to the speciality of painting, I had the opportunity to expand on my knowledge of art history by visiting some of the great European museums on my own. On one of these trips I got to know Barcelona, and in 2000 I settled in the city in oder to pursue a doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. My work was entitled “Face and Identity”.
I used to go to college in metro cars full of people whose faces were quite different from those I used to see in my country. I was fascinated by that difference. It was in these studies that I first came into contact with the subject that would mesmerise me to this day – the human face. My dissertation was awarded with High Honours.
Throughout my career as an artist, the human face, prevalently my own face, has been the main character of my work, often turned into a personal diary. I would then produce achromatic paintings, reflecting the dull days in my native Poland. The only colours were those of the earth, of organic and natural elements.
The subject of the face haunted me, although at some point the canvases started to feature napes, necks, and almost the entire human figure. Gradually, colours began to materialize. However, the faces did not disappear.
My first step in making my work known was to take part in numerous competitions. I won prizes in some of the most important ones, which provided me with more possibilities to exhibit my work. This is how some of my individual exhibitions came about: in the AB gallery (Granollers), the Antoni Pinyol gallery (Reus) and the Ignacio de Lassaletta gallery (Barcelona), which represented me for some years. In 2016, as the aforementioned gallery ended its trajectory, I began my collaboration with Sala Parés, where since then I regularly present my artworks in solo and group exhibitions.