Grażyna Smalej

Grażyna Smalej

Kraków, małopolskie, Poland

About Grażyna Smalej

I move between different styles, combining abstraction with figuration. Concerning themes and my color palette, I have no restrictions, with one exception: I avoid dramatism in depicted situations. Only the scale between extensive backgrounds and minor human figures or vehicles is constant. I am inspired by Dutch painting, especially by Peter Breughel. I like to think of my paintings as a kind of poetry without words.
http://www.artminnow.com/index.php/2017/04/14/a-conversation-with-grazyna-smalej/

Education

2001 - graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow with the Master of Fine Arts degree.

Exhibitions

Individual Exhibitions:
2020 – "Leaf, shoot, flower", New Era Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2019 – "Pollen on top of a strong spring bent into a bow", RW8 Gallery, Zamość
2017 – “Welcome to the best of worlds!”, Piekny Pies Club, Krakow
2017 – “The Bees”, Solvay Centre for Contemporary Art, Krakow
2017 – “Aleph”, one paiting exhibition, Pierwszy Stopien Club, Krakow
2017-"Summit Day", Modoso, Warsaw, Poland
2014- "Anywhere escape", Contemporary Art Center Solvay, Krakow, Poland
2013-"Hydrophiles and Dendrons", Sanocka Gallery BWA, Poland
2012- “1/500 s and more”, Mostowa ArtCafe, Krakow, Poland
2012- “The principle of droplet”, Black Cat Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2011- Katarzyna Napiorkowska Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2011 - “Self-dissolution”, aTu Gallery, Lublin, Poland
2011 - Kraina Sztuki Gallery, Jasło, Poland
2008 - Katarzyna Napiorkowska Art Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2004 - “Self-dissolution”, Gaude Mater Gallery, Częstochowa, Poland
2003 - Gil Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2002 - Schody Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Group Exhibitions:
2019 - "Sól Zabłocia", a collective exhibition of artists working in the Kraków Zabłocie district, CSW Wiewiórka, as part of Krakers 2019, Krakow, Poland
2018 - "At your fingertips", a group exhibition of artists associated with the International Anna Górska art symposium, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the open air, the Vistula River Museum, Kazimierz Dolny
2018 - "Realism. Two looks", courator: Danuta Palys, City Gallery BWA Bydgoszcz, Poland
2018 - "The Stream" (Pol. "Potok"), artists of Anna Górska Art Symposium, Krakow University of Technology Kotlownia Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2017 - "Acclimatization", Anna Górska International Art Symposium in Chocholowska Valley, post plein air-exhibitions, Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, Zakopane, Poland
2016 - "Ten", Sanocka Gallery, Sanok, Poland
2015 - May Day, Jeffrey Meier Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, USA
2014-"Continental shift", Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2014- "Lady's Hook" in the Nuremberg House in Krakow, Poland
2011- Bielska Jesień (Bielska Autumn), the exhibition of biennale finalists, Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko Biała,
Poland
2011 – “Hidden Signs of the Non-Ordinary”, Bazar Sztuki Gallery, Sanok, Poland
2011 – “6 Worlds”, prize winners exhibition of the 4th Marian Michalik Triennial of Painting by Young Artists,
The City Art Gallery in Częstochowa, Poland
2011 - Film Exhibition, art inspired by the film, Bazar Sztuki Gallery, Sanok, Poland
2011 - Collection of paintings, Galerie Ahlers, Göttingen, Germany
2008 – “Pan Cogito - New Visualizations”, post competition exhibition, BWA – City Art Gallery, Tarnow, Poland
2006 - Winter Salon, Café Szafé, Krakow, Poland
2005 - Summer Proposition of Zacheta, Gaude Mater Gallery, Częstochowa, Poland
2004 - Triennial with Still Life, exhibition of the 3rd National Artists’ Competition, BWA Sieradz, Poland
2003 - Bielska Jesień (Bielska Autumn), the exhibition of biennale finalists, Bielska Gallery BWA, Bielsko Biała,
Poland
2003 - 1st International Art Workshop in Pieńków, post plein air-exhibitions, ZPAP Gallery Sukiennice, Krakow
and Aktyn Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2002 - Painting of the Year 2001, finalists’ exhibition, Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw, Poland
2002 - Integrations Poznań – Kraków, Traf Gallery, Łagów, Poland
2001 - Paintings, Gallery of the Young, Antykwaryczna Newspaper, Krakow, Poland
2001 – “In the Image and Likeness”, Krypta u Pijarów Gallery, Krakow, Poland
2001 – “Six Bodies”, The Palace of Art TPSP in Krakow, Poland
2001 - Post competition-exhibition, 1st Marian Michalik Triennial of Painting by Young Artists, The City Art
Gallery in Częstochowa, Poland
2000 – “On Both Sides of the Curtain”, exhibition of works from professor Jacek Waltoś’ studio workshop, Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow, Poland
1998 - Paintings , Nafta Gallery, Krakow