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Aleksandra Kalisz

Was born in Gdynia, Poland in 1992. Currently living and working in Venice, Italy. Studied Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Got Master degree in the studio of Maciej Świeszewski in 2016. In 2014 participated in LPP Erasmus programme in Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Specializes in painting, drawing, and installation.
     
Kalisz have been drawing and painting since childhood. In her works, she focuses on lines and colors where she chooses the topics of interests which is often inspired by travels.

Currently, she is working on project "Act of pattern" where she is focused on the female body. Concentrated on the delicate and soft forms of the woman body she plays the game of shadows where light shows parts of women’s figures covered in patterned materials placed on colorful backgrounds. Nameless bodies make the scene more mysterious and the paintings seem almost abstract- eyes get lost in the multitude of lines, colors, and shapes. The ornaments that is used are mainly from the Middle East where she is fascinated by the symmetry, colors, harmony, and rhythm. "Act of Pattern" is a reflection of her experience, travels and traditions, where she aims to combine two different cultures: European (female nude) and Islamic (ornaments).


Awards and Grants

2017
Dar Slimane, art residency, Marrakech, Morocco

2016
Center of Contemporary Art in Toruń Award, Promotions, Distinction

The ArtSlant Prize, Round 6 showcase winner
 
2013-2014
LPP Erasmus programme, scholarship, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016
Act of Pattern, Master Thesis exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Metamorphosis, Galeria Miejska, Wrocław, Poland

Gentse Feesten, Vlask Art Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

NordArt 2017, Kunstwerk, Budelsdorf, Germany

Young Painting in Gdańsk, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk

A1 Łódź- Gdańsk, ASP in Łódź, Łódź, Poland

Metamorphosis, Baltic Sea Culture Centre, Gdańsk
 
2016
Gdańsk Biennale 2016, Gdańsk Gallery of Art, Gdańsk

Promotions, finalists’ exhibition, Legnica Gallery, Legnica, Poland

Ale sztuka!, finalists’ exhibition, Kolonia Artystów, Gdańsk

Red 2, online group show, Gallery25N
 
2015
Here and There, Bottlerbush Gallery, Harmony, USA

In-flight, collaboration with Urszula Sakowska, Non Iron Salon, Gdynia

Everything/ nothing, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk

Painting- works of the students of the Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk, Debiut Gallery, Gdynia
 
2014
Afterimages, Zadra Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Plein-air painting Chmielno 2013, Start Gallery, Gdańsk

 

Selected Collaborative Projects

2015
Animal Parade, participation in artistic show, Teatr Transgatunkowy SFINKS, Sopot, Poland

Zemsta czyli łoskot ciszy na temat trudności porozumienia, artistic collaboration with Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, happening symposium, Wroclaw


2013
Plein- air, Chmielno, Poland

 

Publications

2017
NortArt 2017, exhibition catalogue

Wotisart?, #4, July 2017

Society 6, Art Quarterly, No. 2.2 2017

Painting.  ASP Graduates 2016, exhibition catalogue

Metamorphosis, exhibition catalogue

2016
K MAG, #84, November-December 2016

Polish artists, risunoc.com,

Matadors Review Fall 2016

Portfolios, Niezła sztuka.com

Night of Museums 2016. Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, exhibition catalogue
 
2015
Everything/nothing, exhibition catalogue
 
2014
Afterimages, Zadra Gallery, exhibition catalogue