Marcelina is a UK based contemporary artist working with mixed media approaches to print, painting and drawing. She often draws inspirations from her Polish heritage, looking to religious iconography and folk tales, as well as childhood memories, the power of dreams, spirituality, sexuality, and the human condition. According to her Mum, Marcelina started drawing before she could properly speak. She has been featured in publications including Booooooom, Bomb, Art Maze, Create Magazine, Digital Arts, Vogue, Refinery29, The NY Times, Der Spiegel and Ballad Of Magazine. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally and was a featured artist of the 2017 edition of the London Illustration fair and led a The Big Draw sketch walk for Apple. Marcelina is also a founder of artbrand Mesh Studio.
Marcelina says ‘I like to play at the tense borders between lust and innocence; joy and sadness; fun and pain. My interest in juxtaposition comes from my origins and fascination with East European culture which was eloquently described by Grayson Perry as ‘nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairly-tale romanticism’.
‘I tend to utilise nature as a metaphor for everyday feelings and headaches.
My recent work also dwells into themes of self acceptance, body positivity, representations of the female sexuality, gender, migration, and society. Although some of the subjects I take on are often quite dark I like to think that there is some humour and light in my finished artwork.’
University: 2008-2011 - University of Westminster, London, UK.
1.1 BA (Hons) degree in Illustration and Visual Communication
Graduated with a First Class Honours.1.1.
Received a Progression Scholarship for consistent high grades and artistic achievements.
2008 – Printmaking and Graphic Design; Schule Für Farbe und Gestaltung - Stuttgart, Germany
Secured a scholarship as part of a European Union Program - Leonardo Da Vinci
Obtained a Europass and a Printmaking and Graphic Design Certificate.
2002 – 2008; Jacek Malczewski School of Fine Art – Czestochowa, Poland.
Earned a distinction in Graphic design and Fine art.
2014 - London Print Studio - London, UK
Intermediate Screen-printing Course
2013 - Print Club London - London, UK
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London with Liberty Gallery 9-12.4.2018
The Other Art Fair presented By Saatchi Art, 22-25.3 Victoria House
WC1A 2QP, London
Hope is strong, 23.02 Skull & Heart gallery at Millenium gallery, Museum of Sheffield, UK
The London Illustration Fair The featured artist of LIF, OXO Tower Wharf, Southbank, London
Stylist Live Event with Of Cabbages and Kings Gallery, Olympia London
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg Nov 16 - Nov 19 Hamburg Messe u. Congress, Germany
Not Today Snake Marcelina Amelia Solo Exhibition, Jam Factory Arts Centre, Oxford
Abstract Expressions - Today at Apple X Marcelina Amelia Talk and Sketch Walk,
Apple Store, Regent Street, London
Affordable Art Fair Nacka Strandsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden
Brighton Print Fair Phoenix Brighton, Brighton
The New York Affordable Art Fair Booth 1.3 Retrospect Galleries, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA
Official Mesh Studio by Marcelina Amelia Of Cabbages And Kings Shop & Gallery
Stoke Newington, London
Art Of Being Out Group Exhibition, D Contemporary Gallery, Mayfair, London
Dziewuchy - Grafika Mito Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Cass Art X Aoi Illustration Exhibition Wild And Civilised, Cass Art, Islington, London
Wallbeing Spring Exhibition, Burakowska 14, Warsaw, Poland
Be Bold For A Change Adam And Eve Ddb Agency, Bishops Bridge Road, London
Bizarre Bazaar, The Vaults, Waterloo, London
Geffrye Museum Night Market, Hoxton, London
Museum Of London Night Market, Docklands,London
The London Illustration Fair - Oxo Tower Wharf, Southbank, London
On Paper Festival Norwich, Norfolk
Debaser Cultivate At Bsmt Space, Dalston, London
Marcelina Amelia and Jane Sampson Prints at 31 Gallery, Brighton, UK
Brighton Art Fair Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton
Open Sesame! Group exhibition, Atom Gallery, London
Loop Dreams Group exhibition, Stour Space, Hackney Wick, London
It's The Dogs Group exhibition, Ben Oakley Gallery, London
Flower-Faced Exhibition by Marcelina Amelia of ‘Cabbages & Kings Gallery’; Stoke Newington, London
London Lap Exhibition - ‘Look Mum no Hands’, Mare Street, London
Roasted Gallery - ‘Hatch Homerton Screen-prints Display’, London
Pre-auction Exhibition, ‘Bohema Nowa Sztuka Gallery and Auction House’, Warsaw, Poland
Booooooom x Herschel Supply; ‘Drawing On The Past’ - Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, Canada.
Duszno Zbiornik Kultury - Cracow, Poland
Cultivate Evolved Vyner Street Gallery, London
Somewhere to Summer Of Group - Pop up Gallery, Peckham, London
London Illustration Fair - Hoxton Arches; London
Influence - Lucy Sparrow and Marcelina amelia, Contemporary visual arts exhibition
Marburae Gallery, Macclesfield
Elevated Artfair 7/ Pop Up Gallery Leadenhall Market, London
Knick knacks solo exhibition Centrum Promocji Młodych, Częstochowa Poland
Mad Girl's Love Songs, Window Display - Pop up Solo Show Old Street - London
The Big Egg Hunt presented by Fabergé; took place all over central London (February – April)
Secret Wars- Marcelina vs Hicks Big Egg Hunt x Conde Nast Publications Exhibition’ - See Gallery Hackney Wick, London
Monorex Peep Show Designersblock A part of Secret Wars Presentation, part of London Design Festival, Farringdon, London
New Designers , Design Business Centre, London
D&AD New Blood Truman Brewery, Brick Lane London
Graduate Exhibition, P3 Gallery, Baker Street,London , June 2011
Heterogenic Etcetera Gallery, Hackney, London, May 2011