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by Martyna Zoltaszek

I studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts in my home country, Poland. In 2004, I graduated with Masters Degree, before going on to gain a scholarship to study in Tennessee, USA. After some time travelling, I am now residing in the UK and have settled into East London studio life.
I enjoy creating worlds and expressing random thoughts with the wonderful medium of paint. In constant search for new discoveries, I like experimenting with media. Most of my works will be created using acrylic or oil paint and sometimes elements of collage on canvas. I tediously execute my paintings, building up multitude of layers and work with contrast of rough and smooth textures and transparencies.
The nature inspires me, or anything else that I connect to, be it vibrant urban scene or a piece of music.

Solo shows
2012 - King's Land Gallery @ Millers Junction, London
2009 - National Gallery of Modern Art BWA, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland
2009 - GaleriaPracownia Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2008 - The Watling Galleries, Brisbane, Australia
2007 -–The Bloxham Gallery, London, UK
2006 - 1010 Gallery, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
2006 - O’Shaughnessy Exhibition Estate, Warsaw, Poland
2006 - Salon Slaski, Wroclaw, Poland
2005 - Radisson SAS Exhibition Space, Wroclaw, Poland
2004 - National Gallery BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw, Poland
2004 - POSK Gallery, London, UK
Group Shows
2011 - Enid Lawson Gallery, London, UK
2010 - Gallery 286, London, UK
2007 - Galeria na Solnym, Wroclaw, Poland
2006 - ‘Rabbit & House’, a competitive exhibition, Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2006 - EGERIA XVI, a national painting competition, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland
2006 - ‘Unusual Gardens’, International Painting Biennial, BWA Ksiaz, Walbrzych, Poland
2005 - ‘Polish Art’, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, USA
2005 - Opus Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
2005 - ‘The Christmas Show’, The Bloxham Gallery, London, UK
2004 - Ural Print Triennial International Exhibition, Ufa, Russia
2004 - ‘Wroclaw Gnomes’, Kolegium Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
2004 - Collective show, Academy of Fine Arts, Kiev, Ukraine
2003 - Festival of Wroclaw 2003, competitive art exhibition, Miejsce Dla Sztuki, Wroclaw, Poland
2002 - ‘The Borderline’, Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
Awards & recognitions
2009 - Featured in ‘POLITYKA’ ranking of most promising young Polish artists of Poland
2006 - Schoarship to the Art Department of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN, USA
2005 - Distinguished winner of ‘Art Pienkow’ – International Painting Competition
2004 - Honorary Mention, Agrafa – national art competition for art students
1998 - Awarded with ‘TALENTY – Young Talents’, a scholarship given by the President of Wroclaw