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Paulina Taranek "The Cityscape Cycle"

Paulina Taranek is a graduate of Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland. She creates paintings, drawings by mixing both techniques. Paulina Taranek received the Erasmus Scholarship Antwerp in 2011 and 2012. She also took a part in Second International Artistic Symposium Szymbark in 2013. Paulina is featured by Artist Portfolio Magazine (USA, California) and takes part in art & fashion projects, cooperated with the Asphodelatelier fashion brand.

Artist Statement:

The "Cityscapes” cycle presents a cityscape in a modern way, presented without photographic accuracy, perhaps exaggerated, saturated colors of the night as well as the light of lights. The city is always an up-to-date topic in art grateful material for transformation and as a living organism undergoing continuous transformations in the space of time inspires me especially. His industrial character, dynamics, play of lights creating a kind of theater, giving the field of creative imagination and evoking the need for sensory image saving. A range of reflections colors, streaks, chiaroscuro found in modern architecture and steel, concrete and glass become the scene for multi-colored patches, transparencies and textures transferred to canvas, for spontaneous brush strokes that form in understandable whole. Images are designed to saturate the eyes and make the viewer more a careful analysis of the surrounding reality.

Smog and greenhouse effect is a significant ecological problem in Poland as well as in global range. As an artist, I create art inspired by urban spaces, unfortunately one of the issues that is unrelated to them, especially in recent years is the problem of air pollution. It is difficult to pass this theme indifferently, because every day we feel its effects on our own skin. A city that is a product of civilization, a space in which we live, begins to turn against us. We breathe in polluted air which is harmful and doubtless it will have serious consequences in the future not only for us, but also for future generations. In the concept of my artwork, I address the problem of global warming, high air pollution in cities.

Multiplicity of my works is a result of inspiration of a fascinating world and unlimited ideas. Artworks are a unique combination of oil painting techniques and drawing possibilities which finally makes paintings unusual in their character. Paintings between expressive and impressionistic convention, are connected with traditional terms which makes a new fusion language of creation. Very special is a series with human being, showed with his advantages and disadvantages. Not only by the visual way but also in mental assessment. Behind every human stands a story – experiences, memories, habits, character and emotions. People express themselves by the look, fashion, attributes, gesture, which are showed in a very right moment and sometimes in humorous way. Human’s nature, as never ending spring of inspirations, thrills me in all her aspects.


IV. 2019 – Paulina Taranek Painting, Galeria pod Arkadami, Częstochowa

II-III.2019 - Big City Light, City Art Gallery BWA w Czestochowie

X.-28.XI.2018- Exhibition in Galeria Dobrej Sztuki “Wejściówka”(Muzeum Częstochowskie, OPK Gaude Mater, siedziba Gazety Wyborczejw Częstochowie, “Skrzynka”), Częstochowa

2018 – Cityscapes , Żywa Gallery Stalowa 52, Warsaw

2016 – Explication , Pod Baranami Gallery, Pod Baranami Palace, Kraków

2013 –Perspektywy, Wanilia i Pieprz Gallery, Kraków

2013 –Naturalnie nienaturalnie, Tori Gallery, Częstochowa

2003 – "Young Gallery", Branch No. 8 of the Public Library. dr. W. Biegański in Częstochowa


X. 2019 – San Diego Art Fair, San Diego, USA

VII/VIII. 2019 - Poland & Japan, EMP Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

V.2019 – Stop! Smog, 11th European Economic Congress, Katowice

V.2019 – International Art Fair Vancouver, Canada

IV.2019– Japan & Poland, exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of establishing

diplomatic relations, Embassy of Japan, Warsaw

IV.2019– Stop! Smog, Dom Polski South in Brussels, Belgium

2019 – Exhibition Stop! Smog: – Ustroń as part of the Conference ”Fighting smog in rural and spa areas„- Jan Długosz University of Humanities and Natural Sciences in Częstochowa, lecture of Jerzy Buzek” Will we fight smog? Will we protect the climate? Energy transformation of Poland and Europe „- Zabrze, II International Scientific Congress” Sustainable Development – Perspectives for the future „- Częstochowa Museum – Good Art Gallery – Gliwice -”What do we breathe? Seminar and exhibition Stop! Smog”

Participation as an Artist in Art FreshFestival Hotel Sheraton, Warszawa, 2015

2014 – Final exhibition of Dzieło Plastyczne Competition, 4 Ściany Gallery, WKiRDS, ASP


2014 –G. J. Steenke, Community Center Gallery Spichrzów Island, Elbląg

2014 –Autenticost v umeni ?, Univerzum PF UKF Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

2014 –Polemiki artystyczne, Nowy Sącz Museum

2014 –Autentyczność w sztuce ?, Promotion Gallery Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków

XI-XII. 2013 – Autentyczność w sztuce ?, Szymbark 2013

2012 – plein air exhibition Zator 2012, Szklana Gallery, Zator.

2010 – plein air exhibition Harenda 2010, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.