Emilia GĄSIENICA-SETLAK

Born 1986. Polish paintress & graphic artist. In the year 2011 she graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in the Painting Studios of Professor Teresa Kotkowska-Rzepecka and Professor Leszek Misiak. She has also a university degree in graphic art in the Woodcut Studio of Professor Bogdan Miga. The most important issues of her artistic interests are dynamic colour, brief composition and their synthetic relations to the surroundings. Her works have been used as cover motives for books: „Evil Spirit” („Scriptum” Publishing House, 2005) by the Bulgarian absurdist fiction writer Svetoslav Minkov, „Aquatic names of the Vistula basin” (Polish Academy of Science, 2013) by Doctor Urszula Bijak and has appeared on the cover of the „Women In Art 278 Magazine”, 2014. Her paintings participated also in the filming of Spanish-American movie „Embers”, directed by Claire Carre, 2015. She exhibits in Poland, Spain, Italy, United States, Japan, Great Britain, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria and Hungary. An author of twenty four solo exhibitions and participant of over sixty group exhibitions and art fairs. Her works are located in Polish and Hungarian art museums and private collections in Europe, Asia and United States.

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2016
„Kísértés”, KREDENC Bistro Gallery, Budapest
„Project Coincidence”, CULTURE MAGAZINE Foundation, Krakow
„Points of View Krakow-Warsaw”, Gallery Kazimierz, Krakow

2015
„Donkey Art Prize III”, MOSTRAMI FOLLI50 SPACE-Milan,
VIOPHILIA Gallery-Miami, 3331 CHIYODA ART CENTRE-Tokyo,
Gallery 76 at DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ART CENTER
„Small Wonders”, ATOMIC CAFE Gallery, Detroit
„Soma Space”, ETHER Gallery, Warszawa
„Some Like It Hot”, CITY OF ART Gallery, Krakow
„Painting”, CASTLE Gallery, Sucha Beskidzka
„6x6x2015”, ROCHESTER CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, Rochester

2014
„Museo de la imaginación”, ARTÁGORA Gallery, Sevilla
„April International Art Show”, KAZI30 Gallery, Budapest
„3rd International Mail Art Exhibition”, MALOM Gallery, Nyíracsád
„Woo”, 33 GALLERY, Ostrow Wielkopolski
„S-Expression”, CULTURE MAGAZINE Foundation, Krakow
5th International Painting Competition, LESSEDRA Gallery, Sofia

2013
„Master and Disciples”, CENTRUM Gallery, Krakow
„Hunger of the Colors”, ENIGMA Gallery, Przemysl
„The Next Thing”, DWOR KARWACJANOW Gallery, Gorlice

2012
„I will do it my way”, CSW SOLVAY, Krakow
„Interim Form”, LAMELLI Gallery, Krakow
WPA4 Art Festival, Duszniki-Zdroj
„Wayfaring”, PANORAMA Gallery, Tomaszowice
„Artifacts”, AGH Professor Club, Krakow
„City of Stars” Art Festival, Zyrardow

2011
„Abstract”, ZADRA Gallery, Warsaw
„Art of Women”, CZAJKA Gallery, Warsaw

2010
„Painting/Graphics”, STRUG Gallery, Zakopane
„AFRICA art/etnography”, Museum of Etnography, Krakow

2005
„Painting”, POD ANIOŁEM Gallery, Rabka-Zdroj

2004
„Contemporary Art Medals”, WINDOW Gallery, West Dean

2003
„Portrait of a Woman”, ARTPARK Gallery, Zakopane

OPINIONS

An important element is the artistic consciousness of her way and the place where she is located. We feel the hunger of the colors shown as an attempt to cast them as the most intense in the pictures, see through them that the world is „variable, dynamic, surprising and therefore beautiful”… it is the rebellion against pseudo-objective delusion of local color. Emilia Gąsienica-Setlak is aware of the fact that „color can dominate the whole picture, can dominate all the other works in the museum hall” – it is disappearing knowledge today.

Dr Rafał Borcz


The color sensitivity and the ability to build summaries based on chromatic harmonies is perhaps one of the most important assets of Emilia Gąsienica. The second is a constant tendency to go beyond the form once established and closed, continuous experiment in which formal decisions are born spontaneously and determine initially unpredictable directions, toward which draws attention of still searching Author. The final choice seems to be quite justified, even if the arguments are not disclosed and will remain forever in the realm of the most subjective content.

Dr Ewa Herniczek


The „Woo” cycle, which glorifies the colors, reflections and adopting them matter, without losing on narrative and lyricism, is the culmination of the artist’s previous activities. The penetrating them female figure is only an excuse for artistic exploration made by Emilia and attempt to continue the story initiated by the masters of painting, such as Kandinsky, Matisse, Klimt or even Chagall. What is more, the work of the Artist does not lose its freshness and consistency in spite of salon convention.

Katarzyna Kowalska, MA


The backbone of the exhibition is made up of the latest Emilia Gąsienica-Setlak’s series “Lux In Tenebris”, whose title is a reference to an evangelist or Bertolt Brecht’s play, but in the artist’s intention focusing on purely artistic issues. “Light in Darkness” is to present the physical nature of human existence devoid of cultural contexts. The paining medium enables the artist to look at the human body differently from photographers’ lenses, filters and shutters. The people presented in the pictures are frozen, limited only by gravity. They do not interact with the environment, they do not go about their daily routines, they wait… for the light shed freely on their skins to take out a subjective history described by the painter’s brush, a history of colours, shapes, textures and the anatomic relationships that govern them. Additionally, the Soma Space exhibition will host the artist’s works from her other series, including “Woo”, “Uninhabited” and “Interim Form”.

Marcin Setlak, MA

CONTACT

catepillart@gmail.com

+48 500 808 065

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