Katarzyna Celek

"A masterpiece is a kind of closed space with constant temperature. They allow the most diverse interpretation."

My paintings are inspired by the creative and destructive power of nature.

In the face of nature, people are vulnerable, it has the final word. Behind atmospheric phenomena (such as rain, snow) is the internal creative force - the soul of nature which is more important than the outside one.

This force I would like to include in my paintings.

It is important for me to get closer to these phenomena and bring their forces into the support's frames.

Atmospheric phenomena emanate evanescence.I feel similar aura when associating with the image.

In both cases, we experience the mystery and elusiveness.

Between the painting (phenomenon) and us, there is a bond which lets us observe and see more than just falling water or painted canvas.

The painting which is an expression of something material turns into something intangible.For this reason, I would describe the image and phenomenon as imponderable, owing their existence to ponderable.

The same picture creates the possibility of feeling different sensations, invites to the game.In case of accepting the invitation, it starts the game, plays with what we love and hate.

What is inside its intangible body, comes partially from us. Selected images permanently stay with us and ‘circulate inside us’.

A part of what we have seen earlier, consciously or not, gets stuck in our mind.

We use this gallery not only when looking at the painting, we also use it when working on the picture. While circulating, we keep joining the new cycle.

Thanks to the ability to interpret we could get the illusion of control, however, it seems to me that the picture-audience relation is not intended to determine the winner.

- Kasia Celek


2013-17: Ph.D., Fine Arts, The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
2011-13: M.F.A, Artistic Education Studies, The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
2008-13: M.F.A, Painting Studies, The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow
2008-11: B.F.A., Artistic Education Studies, The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

Solo exhibitions:

2015: Attis Gallery, Krakow, Poland2015: Gallery of Contemporary Art, Brzeg, Poland
2014: Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zielona Gora, Poland
2012: Onamato Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2011: Mask Gallery, Rzeszow, Poland

Grants, prizes & scholarships:

2017/18: Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
2015: FAMA Festival, Award MWZP2015: 'New Painting' Award Nomination, University of Arts in Poznan
2014: 'Trident of Neptune' Prize, FAMA2013: Art Gallery Zielona Gora Prize, Art Gallery, Legnica
2013: Wroclaw SARP's Prize, Socato Art Gallery2013: 'New Painting' Award Nomination, University of Arts in Poznan
2013: Award Nomination in Hestia Artistic Journey, ERGO HESTIA
2013: Honorable Mention, Grand Prix of Franciszka Eibisch Foundation, Napiorkowscy Gallery, Warsaw
2012/13: Scholarship from Professor Janina Kraupe-Świderska
2012: First Award for Pastiche Paintings of Jan Matejko, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow