About the Artist

Kasia Szczesniewski: sensitive observer, empathetic, loving, hardworking person. Creating- equals for her living a meaningful life and makes her happy.

She was born in a year 1961 in Legnica, Poland. When she was 7, she moved with her parents to Wroclaw – a beautiful, over a thousand-year-old, European city, which was her hometown for 20 years.  During her youth, Kasia had the opportunity to see many beautiful examples of European architecture, sculptures and paintings, which strongly influenced her way of looking at art. Already in her early years she found joy in transforming that which is ordinary into things that are unique and special.

Studying Architecture at Wroclaw Polytechnic University, equipped her among others, with strong drawing and designing skills. After immigrating to Chicago, in 1989, she completed several college level art courses, attended numerous professional workshops and concentrated on self-studies.

Many concepts inspire Kasia’s creativity: nature, its beauty, the deep and mysterious connection between all elements of the universe, human emotions. She likes using acrylic paints due to their versatility, and ability to dry quickly, palette knifes to avoid being too meticulous with details, and to be able to lay paint in thick layers. She also likes experimenting with materials, for instance: different types of paper, fabrics, and various acrylic products.

In the two recent projects: “White Gardens” and “Fabric of the Universe” Kasia utilized paper to build shades of white, and also to create deep and complex textures. Her intriguing compositions were completed ether with black and white, or brightly colorful acrylic paints. The projects are showing her exploration of a technique she discovered herself, and the possibilities it opens for the artist.

The artworks, with their range of textures, are interesting even under a magnifying glass. What also is fascinating – how they change, when lighted differently. The symbolism within them is like a thread, weaving in and out, sometimes closer to the surface and other times deep beneath. Artist prefers to leave the interpretation of her creations up to the viewer, knowing that each art piece resonates in different ways, and on various levels with every person.

Nowadays, Kasia is an active member of the Chicago art community, showing and selling her works, doing commissions, and organizing art events. She received many awards, was interviewed by Polish radio and TV stations, and published in local newspapers.

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