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Justyna Kisielewicz

Color is the main reason I'm drawn to art - in any medium. It's an emotional response. I find inspiration everywhere I look, and that inevitably filters down into my work. Reach out for additional info regarding my process.

 
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Artist Bio

Justyna Kisielewicz is a contemporary artist based in Miami, FL. Her paintings are aesthetically camp, cheeky, and lively with unexpected color combinations. She was dubbed the “pop culture obsessed, rebellious artist from Poland” and the “princess of pop culture” by Elle, an international fashion and lifestyle magazine.


Originally from Poland, Justyna’s formative memories are shrouded in a monochrome haze

similar to the brutalist architecture associated with communist rule. As a personal escape from

the visual monotony of her surroundings, the artist enjoyed creating extravagant imagery with

pigments and paper. She embellished what she saw; color served as a protective barrier from

the gloom of everyday life.

When Justyna was six years old, a political transformation allowed some Western

Influences––most notably Disney cartoons and cable television––to legally enter the country

that was once controlled by the Soviet Union. These newfound freedoms and cultural curiosities

influenced the artist’s ideas and trajectory of artistic style for years to come. Exotic flora, bright colors, excess and

personified animals began to dominate the canvas when she moved to the US while still

embracing traditional European motifs.

Several paintings by the artist are in the permanent collection of the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland. In 2018 Justyna was granted a Green Card for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability––also known as the Genius Visa––by the USA for being within the top 1% of her artistic field. She received a Master in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland with an emphasis in painting and textiles.

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Elle: Rebel Force

September, 2015

Pop-culture fanatic Justyna Kisielewicz was taught "true art" is monochrome and melancholy, so her colorful works are an act of defiance.

CV

Education:

  • 2011 -2006 – Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland;

  • 2008 – 2005 – Master of Arts in Political Science at University of Warsaw;

  • 2005 – 2002 – Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, specialization in American Studies at the Academy of International Relations and American Studies in Warsaw;

Selected Group Shows:

2020 - Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2019/2020 - Polish Contemporary Art, The National Museum, Gdansk, Poland
2019/2020 - Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI
2019 - The National Museum, Gdansk, Poland
2018 - Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA 
2018 - Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TX
2018 - 33rd Annual International Exhibition, University of Texas, Tyler, TX
2018 - Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, Astoria, OR
2018/2017 - Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2017 - Kaaboo Del Mar Festival, San Diego, CA
2017 - Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2017 - 111Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017/2016 - Citi Gallery, Burlingame, CA
2015 - White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 - Bash Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
2013 - Museum of Hunting & Horsemanship, Royal Baths, Warsaw
2012 - Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Kraków

Solo Shows:

2018 - Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, Astoria, OR
2017 - 111Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 - Galerie Villa Köppe, Berlin, Germany
2015 - Friends of Leon Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 - Art Pistols Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2012 - Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2011 - GALLERY MITO, Warsaw, Poland

Awards:

2019 - People’s Choice Award, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI

2019 - Einstein Visa (Green Card for Extraordinary Abilities in Arts)

2018 - Main Award at Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, TX

2015 - Semi Finalist Bombay Artisan Sapphire, 

   White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 - Finalist, Ludwik Zamenhof's Center, Białystok

2012 - Finalist, The Gallery of Art in Legnica

2012 – Finalist - BWA Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski

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