Polish Cultural Institute

10/20/2015 Visual arts

Maria Kaleta “IDentity & CoEXISTence”

Exhibition of graphic art and drawings exploring the meanings of identity and coexistence of people living within the multicultural environment of London

“Be Engaged” by Maria Kaleta

11 – 23 November 
The Montage  
33 Dartmouth Road 
London SE23 3HN 

Private View
14 November, 3-6pm

Maria Kaleta at The Montage Gallery. The language she employs in this exhibition is one of abstraction and drama. Using strong colours and complex lines that vary in both shape and size she creates what are at times hardly recognisable bodies. These occasionally metamorphose into forms representing the events of a person’s life and their shape.

The “IDentity & CoEXISTence” exhibition is the result of the last few years of her work. It relates to her fascination with the people of London and aims to explore the meanings of identity and coexistence of people living within an environment so multicultural. She recons it becomes an inseparable part of their lives. Maria is also interested in the increasingly virtual aspect of the contemporary world and its consequences for human relationship; asking the bold question of whether it is a struggle or opportunity? Her answer can be found in recognizing and protecting our own identity. She has no doubt that is a matter of our survival as unique individuals.

The catalogue for this exhibition consists of a two parts – “Identity & Coexistence” (including black and white works) and “Together” (including colour works).

Maria Kaleta, painter and graphic artist, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland, Department of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture in 1988. Maria’s work includes oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, drawings, pastels, traditional printmaking, computer graphics and installations. She is also involved in desktop publishing.

Her art works have been exhibited all over Europe, as well as Russia and Latin America. She lives and works in London where she exhibited at The Mall Gallery, La Galleria Pall Mall, The Menier Gallery, The Espacio Gallery, Chelsea Old Town Hall, The Orleans House Gallery, The Orangery Gallery in Holland Park, The Gallery at Willesden Green along with The Montage and others. She took part in 160 group and solo exhibitions and has received several awards. Her pencil sketches of London architecture are regularly published in “Nowy Czas” (New Time) magazine.

Patrons of the exhibition: Ośrodek “Pogranicze – sztuk, kultur i narodów” (The Centre “Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations”) ,  Fundacja Muzyka Kresow (Kresy Music Foundation), Czasopismo “Nowy Czas” – (New Time magazine).