Maria Kaleta

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.

Member of

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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