Born in 1956, Krakow, living and working in Amsterdam since 1982. I am an independent artist, also Art Teacher specialized in Painting Portrait and Model.
Architectural paintings. Photography in the making process. Oil and acrylic on (sometimes shaped) canvas. Synthesis (balance) of realism and abstraction. Reflective on the art of painting itself.
Architecture is my major all-embracing theme. Regarded within social and historical context architecture itself, ancient or utmost modern, reflects not only abstract ideas and principles of design, but also indicates the vulnerability of the human condition.
Photography is so to speak the equivalent of my sketchbook. With kind of snapshots I am exploring fragments of reality. Photographic fragmentation itself often defines the forms of my canvasses; it enables a serial way of working.
I once had the experience of bliss when I found a very special technique of preparing the canvas. In each painting some parts of the canvas are left unprimed, purposefully revealing the texture and color of the linen canvas. This creates an edge or relief between different levels throughout the image. This process is deeply embedded in each image and has become an additional force of my creative spectrum.
Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland, interior design, graduated 1981. Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Netherlands, painting graduated 1991. Teachers Training for Fine Artists (LOKV), Utrecht & Amsterdam, Netherlands, graduated 1995.
w o r k
since 1995 working as teacher drawing & painting in De Meerse/Pier-K. Centre for Art and Culture, Hoofddorp.
e x h i b i t i o n s
1991 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, group show 1992 Manifestation: Apropos-portrait, De Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, group show 1993 40 x 40 x40 (x 100), Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show 1995 Repetition-On Small Scale, Schrder Gallery The Hague, group show. 1996 Summer exhibition, P/A Gallery, Amsterdam, group show Metamorphoses, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show Haarlemmermeres Council Art Acquisitions 1996, Gallery De Meerse, Hoofddorp, group show My God, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show 1998 Sources, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show Haarlemmermeres Council Art Acquisitions 1998, Gallery De Meerse, group show 1999 Art Teatchers of De Meerse, Centre for Art and Culture, Gallery De Meerse, group show Art Fair Kunst-Rai, Amsterdam (Schrder Gallery) group show 2000 The City Landscapes. The Society for Arts, Chicago, solo show Untitled, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show Wo(man) where are you now? Gallery La Pommerie Saint-Setier, France, group show 2001 Art Fair: Art Rotterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show Art Fair: Kunst-Rai, Amsterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show Untitled, The Society For Arts, Chicago, group show Urban Landscapes, Municipal Centre, Plano and Plano Centre, Texas, solo show 2002 Hofijver in Poetry & Images, Dutch/Belgian manifestation, The Hague, group show Architecture in church, Culturele Kring Wieringen, group show Arka Gallery, Amsterdam, group show Amsterdam Photo 2002, Photography and painting: Architectural Inspiration, Arka Gallery, Amsterdam, duo show Touching Boundaries, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, group show 2003 Biotopes, Gallery Borne, solo show Art-Fair Kunst-Rai Amsterdam, (Schrder Gallery) group show Group show exhibition: Netherlands Contemporary Art Exhibit, Houston, group show Continuum Of Connections, Schrder Gallery, The Hague, solo show 2006 Het Cleyne Huys Gallery, The Hague, group show 2006 EM Gallery, Kolum, solo show 2008 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show Het Cleyne Huys Gallery, The Hague, solo show
p u b l i c a t i o n s m e d i a c o v e r a g e
Coverage in National Dutch television art-programme AVRO, 1998-2003. Review by J. Polanski: 'Magda Jesionek: Urban Landscapes', American Magazine Art-Scope: www.artscope.net/VAREVIEWS/Jesionek0700.shtml 'Verwondering over de werkelijkheid van Jesionek' Haagsche Courant Catalogus 'Hofvijver in Pozie & Beeld'. 2002 'De stad als Landschap', Dagblad Tubantia. Catalogus Internationale Fotobinnale Amsterdam, Haarlem en Amstelveen 2002. Gallery Reviews by Donna Tennant: 'Atelier d'Arts Originale', Arts Houston, 2003.
g r a n t Fonds voor Beeldende kunst Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (Fund for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture) Amsterdam, 2001- 2003.
a c q u i s i t i o n s Council Haarlemmermeer, 1996 and 1998 Historical Museum of The Hague. 2002 Various International Private Collections
"Meeting Lutoslawski" multimedia event, Felix Meritis - European Centre for Arts, Culture and Science, Amsterdam
7th Triennial of Sacrum Art, “Home - the way of existence”
The City Art Gallery, Czestochowa
Polish Cosmos, Gallery Dom Polonii, Cracow, group show
Dutch Scenes - Arti et Amicitae at Salmagundi, New York, group show
I dwell, I exist, Pools Huis, solo show
Winter Expositie,K+A Gallery, Leiden, group show
Salon 2010 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show
10 Years of EM Gallery, Drachten, group show
Seasons Galleries, The Hague, solo show
2010 Seasons Galleries, The Hague, solo show ME Gallery, Drachten, group showSalon 2010 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show
Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam, solo show
Seasons Gallery, The Hague, group show
K+A Gallery, Leiden, solo show
Salon 2009 Artsociety Arti et Amicitia, Amsterdam, group show