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Wioletta Kulewska

Born in Poland, 1980  

Lives in Valletta

 

Wioletta Kulewska is a Polish artist working between Malta, Poland and Great Britain. Working across painting, design and installation, often extending beyond the limitations of canvas and frame.


Kulewska’s painting practise is pan-european in its influences, from the Polish fauvism to Levantine religious painting and Russian suprematism. Her figurative painting shifts between intimate representation and abstraction, while her design roots bring emphasis to the pleasure of form, shape and colour in oils. Kulewska work is informed by her travels — trips to the Baltic, Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean territories have resulted in encounters within the ancient world that have served at points of departure for the distinct narratives found in her extended body of work. Forms of peculiar souvenirs brought from these expeditions, such as small artefacts or elements of nature (feathers, shells, bones) can be found across her canvas. The image thus becomes a kind of afterimage of the objects, impressions and experiences gathered, with Kulewska's artistic practice combining elements of research across philosophy, archaeology and anthropology.

Kulewska is a graduate of Fine Arts from the Opole High School of the Arts, the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland and the London Metropolitan University. In 2018, she was selected for the Slade educational residency in Contemporary Painting in London. In 2019, she participated in the PADA artist-in-residence programme in Lisbon, Portugal. Since 2018, she has been part of the Turps CC, an artist-led painting mentoring programme in London. In August 2021, she completed the artist-in-residence programme at the Pedvāle Open Air Art Museum and sculpture park in Latvia.
Kulewska currently teaches painting and experimental visual practice at the Malta School of Art, Valletta.

CV 

                                                                                          EDUCATION 

 

2007 

MFA Master of Fine Arts 

The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art & Design in Poland  

 

2000 - 2007 

The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art & Design in Wroclaw

Painting in Prof. Anna Szewczyk studio 

www.asp.wroc.pl 

 

2005 - 2006 Erasmus programme 

London Metropolitan University
www.londonmet.ac.uk 

 

1995 - 2000 

Jan Cybis High School of Fine Arts in Opole Poland

Painting in Prof. Krystyna Wołowska studio 

www.plastyczniak-opole.edu.pl 

 

1987 - 1995 

Primary School Nr 4 in Kluczbork Poland

EXHIBITIONS 

 

2022

The Feather Collector
Valletta Contemporary Malta

Curated by Anna Stec

Honorary Patronage of the exhibition Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Valletta Supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Culture 

 

2021

‘Rose, Blood and Fire’
Pedvāle Open Air Art Museum, Galley space in Latvia

Artist-in-residence programme Pedvāle Art Park

 

2021

'In Absentia' - A virtual group exhibition created by an online contemporary painting platform 

www.cohort.art

2019 

Abacá - Second solo painting exhibition 

Malta School of Art Upper Gallery Valletta 

 

2018 

Embedded - First Solo painting exhibition

The Palazzo de la Salle Valletta 

 

2016 

G Plan: Made in Malta 

Exhibition Design & Curatorial 

Blitz Valletta 

2014          

Spring Walls | design & art installation

Malta Design Week 2014 

Fort St. Elmo, Valletta

 

2011          

MoShow (Movable Object Show) | art installation 

Malta Design Week 2011 

Old University, Valletta

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE 

 

2021

Pedvāle Open Air Art Museum, Art Park, Latvia

Artist-in-Residence 4 weeks Programme

 

2019   

PADA studios 

Artist-in-Residence 4 weeks programme in Lisbon, Portugal

Project supported by the Arts Council Malta 

 

2018    

Slade School of Fine Arts in London, UK  

Educational Residency in Contemporary Painting

3 weeks programme 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

 

2018-2022     

Turps Banana CC Painting programme 

Painting mentor’s - Phil King and Katrina Blannin  

London UK

 

2018    

Slade School of Fine Arts, London UK 

Colour in Practice 

2 weeks programme

Project supported by the Arts Council Malta 

 

2017    

Slade School of Fine Arts, London UK 

Painting in Contemporary practice 

3 weeks programme

PROJECTS   

 

2016 

Film set painter for ‘Entebbe’ movie 

Portrait of General Idi Amin

Storyworks productions 

 

2014

Landscape painter for a film set 

‘By the sea’ written and directed by Angelina Jolie

 

2011 

‘A Valletta view’ illustration for Uncommon Guide Books, Malta  

International guidebook project