KZelaska Biography

Katarzyna Zelaska was born in Warsaw in 1953 and she lives and works in Paris and South of France since 1978.

From 1973 to 1978 she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (ASP) where she graduated in 1978 under the direction of Professor Gierowski.

In the years 1974-1977 she co-founded the group "PROM" and participated in many exhibitions.

From 1978 to 1981 she studied and practiced Computer Art at the University of Paris 8 - Vincennes.

The work of this period are multiples bicolour mostly black and white.

From 1982 to 1988 she participated in many group exhibitions in Paris.

From 1983 her paintings develop on free forms, not limited to a closed surface. She reduces her range of colors to black and white and the three primary colors.

The pace superimposed colors, inspired by the movie "Plane on fire" she directed in 1982, becomes an inseparable element of her work.

Between the years 1989 and 1990 she spent a year in California (San Francisco) where she will return for short periods during 5 years. There she enters into a collaboration with the Gallery Trojanoska that presents her works on paper.

1990, "Sky made in California" begins a partial return to the surface oscillating between free-form space and square angles.

The themes of this period undertake a dialogue with the artistic tradition "Essay of Style" or reinterpret the symbolism of signs "Choose you Sign", Heaven and Hell. "

They also affect the scope of personal experience "Requiem", "Doors of Paradise", "The sadness of warm countries."

1995, personal exhibition in the gallery of the Association of Polish Artists (DAP).

1998 she began a cycle entitled "Baroque for ever" wher she focuses on form and rhythm organizing space.

Since 2000 her work was largely developed on a surface treated as a neutral field, minimalist, white. With motif and drawing she behaves like with the color with an emphasis on repetition, often refering to old works fragments. The topics affecting the fluidity between reality and illusion, the sense of discontinuity, the story of the thing seen and its relationship to our memory.


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