She is a painter and a graphic designer with a flair for the abstract and the colour that can be found in the works of traditional Polish artists, such as Jacek Malczewski or Tadeusz Brzozowski, as well as the more modern world-famous artists Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko.
As a student she worked with an alternative theatre group Teatr Osmego Dnia (The Eight Day Theatre) and took part in one of their spectacles, Raport z Oblezonego Miasta (A Report from The Besieged City) in Warsaw in 1983. Between 1983 and 1988 she also had links with the cultural activists groups (later established as Borderland Foundation, Theatre Wegajty and Frontier Music Foundation) taking part in expeditions to southern and eastern borderlands of Poland.
Fascination with colour and form, together with searching for understanding through art lie at the heart of my art. My messages are emotional, honest and thoughtful. They are expressed in an abstract language and through brave experiments but they may not always be easy to read. Whatever the medium - a colourful spot on canvas, a pencil line on paper or pixels on a computer screen through which I record my endless London discoveries - the reception is always strong and powerful. I hope it is obvious from the first glimpse at my work that I really enjoy creating them!
Maria relies on both traditional and modern media, focusing in particular on oil painting, drawing, digital art techniques and installation. She is also involved in desktop publishing. Her work has been exhibited all over Europe as well as Russia and Latin America, and has received several awards.
In 2007 she established her own practice Mayca Portrait Factory. Between 2009 and 2013 she was a committee member of the Association of Polish Artists in Great Britain.
Maria holds a Masters Degree from the Painting, Graphics and Sculpture department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and has since also studied Exposition and Display at The National College of Arts in London.
|British Women Artists, London|
|East West Artlink - EWAAC, London|
|The Free Painters and Sculptors - FPS, London|
|The Friends of Holland Park, London|
|The Brent Artists Resource - BAR, London|
|The Association of Polish Artists in Great Britain - APA, London|
|International Association of Art IAA/AIAP, Paris|
|International Print Triennial Society, Krakow|
|The Association of Polish Artists in Poland - ZPAP, Warsaw|
Awards and Distinctions
|2017||Blackfriars Bridge nominated for the VAO Prize|
|2016||Circle of Life wins the 2D category at EAST-WEST Art awards|
|2015||Winner of the Roy Rasmussen Award at the FPS Open Exhibition|
|2014||Nominated at IV International Biennial of Graphic Digital Arts in Gdynia|
|2014||Winner of the Heatherley Prize for Drawing by The Heatherley School of Fine Art|
|2013||Winner of the Honorary Jury Award at the VII International Biennale of Painting and Unique Fabric in Gdynia|
|2013||Winner of the The Spirit of Holland Park Prize|
|2016 - current||Etching and Screenprinting at the Putney School of Art and Design|
|2005 - 2009||City and Islington College|
|2006 - 2007||Graphic Design at the WMC College in London, UK|
|1989||Scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture|
|1983 - 1988||MA Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland|
|1978 - 1983||Exposition and Display at The National College of Arts in Poznan|
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