artist's statement

My work reflects my attraction to wide-open spaces, and the transitional variations of layered colour found stacked within these large expanses. The paintings are inspired by the natural world - its beauty and its cruelty.  Its paradoxes and its contrasts. 

I paint everything I can find. My language is a time-intensive process of putting down thin layers of paint over a textural surface.  I organize, disrupt and balance the forms with subdued color, distilling my encounters into visual experiences.

I begin each composition with a small study on paper; at this stage, my intuitive spontaneity is key.  When my process leads me to a finished study, I record in my notebook the color recipes, the development of the color application, and the measurements for each change in the composition.  The final painting then takes on a different course of ordered and conscious specificity, in an attempt to capture what was found in the study, completing a process that is directed by chance and intention.

It's all connected to emotions, experience. I observe the world around me, and I  realized it on canvas.


bio

Albertyna Kacalak was born in Lodz, Poland in 1988. 

Graduated with distinction from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw (main field of study: Painting) and received her Masters in Fine Arts in 2012. 

As a parallel with her work as a painter, Albertyna is a teaching assistant working as a PhD student at the same Academy, in the atelier of painting of prof. Zdzislaw Nitka and multimedia atelier of prof. Pawel Jarodzki. On 26.01.2017 r. Master of Arts Albertyna Kacalak received the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts, in the discipline of fine arts.  

Her works can be found in private collections in Canada, Czech Republic, Austria, Malta, Germany and Poland. 

Albertyna’s paintings are represented by AKucharskiArt Kunst & Personlichkeit in Hamburg

She lives in Wroclaw since 2007.


Selection of Individual exhibitions 

  • 1 November 2019 - 31 January 2020 -  Solo exhibition of paintings ,  AKucharskiArt Kunst & Persönlichkeit in cooperation with Wandsbeker Quarree • Hamburg, Germany.      
  • 14 December 2018 - 4 January 2019 - Solo exhibition of paintings, WRO_59 - interior design studio, Kalisz, Poland.
  • 24 November 2017 - 12 January 2018  Solo exhibition of paintings ,  AKucharskiArt Kunst & Persönlichkeit,  Kieferorthopädische Praxis • Dr. S. Birkner • Hamburg, Germany.      
  • 1 March 2017 - 31 July 2018 -  Solo exhibition of paintings,  AKucharskiArt Kunst & Persönlichkeit,  Sliema, Malta.
  •  21 April - 21 May 2017 -  Solo exhibition of paintings,  AKucharskiArt Kunst & Persönlichkeit,  Kieferorthopädische Praxis • Dr. S. Birkner • Hamburg, Germany.    
  • 9 - 31 January 2017 - 
  • solo exhibition of paintings. 
  • Defense of doctoral thesis. The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw Faculty of Painting and Sculpture "The paintings and emotions. Creation from the point of view of psychology and expression. " A PhD thesis in the field of fine arts. 
  • 24 June 2016 - 24 July 2016 - Solo exhibition of paintings,  AKucharskiArt Kunst & Persönlichkeit,  Kieferorthopädische Praxis • Dr. S. Birkner • Hamburg, Germany.                                           
  • 12 December 2015 - 8 January 2016 - Solo exhibition of paintings. 212! Lifestyle gallery - cafe, Sky Tower, Wroclaw.                                                                  
  • 22 October-15 of December 2015 - The National Painting exhibition contest "Young Laurel", First Prize, Sofitel Luxury Hotel, DNA Gallery Wroclaw.                                                     
  • 1-5 of December 2014 - Exhibition of paintings titled "Images and Emotions" the initiation of doctoral study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Poland.
  • 7-30 of March 2014 - Exhibition of paintings titled "Elementary Particles", Gallery ODA, Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland.        
  • 1-30 of September 2013 - Exhibition of paintings, Contemporary Art Gallery Jarek Cechmanowicz, Poznan. Poland.                                                                    
  • 11 July - 30 August 2013 - Exhibition of paintings titled "Lubiąż", will be held at Vernon Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic.                                                      
  • 30 May - 28 June 2013 - Opening of an exhibition of painting titled "Lubiąż", at the Polish Institute in Bratislava. Slovakia.                                               
  • 6 of March 2013 - Painting Exhibition ‹Grand Hotel› in Łódź, Poland.                                          
  • 8 of October 2012 - Painting Exhibition on Diploma of The Year, The Competition of Lower Silesia Province Governor, BWA Awangarda, Wrocław.                                                                 
  • 22 of June 2012-  Diploma final exams, post-exam diploma "Znaki (Signs)", multimedia presentation "Dziewczynka co mieszkała raz wysoko albo całkiem nisko (The girl that once lived high or very low) ". BWA Wroclaw. Poland.  
  • 22 of March 2012 - Exhibition of paintings and drawings by Albertyna Kacalak titled "Signs" will be held at Malgosia Gallery, Wroclaw. Poland.

Selection of collective exhibitions 

  • 1 June 2019 - Action Painting as part of the 11th LEO Festival "Live Music and Painting", NFM, Red Hall, Wroclaw. 
  • 18-22 June 2018 -  Show of A.Kacalak's works and diploma exhibition A.Kiszka. Galeria Miejska. Wroclaw. Poland.
  • 9 March - 29 April 2018 - "And we are after ESK (in english European capital of culture) Expressio. n, structure, color." Collective exhibition of the Wrocław community. BWA Wroclaw. Poland.
  • 20 October - 15 November 2015 - "Uninhabited of Art" - Exhibition of painting by Albertyna Kacalak, Victoria Kacalak, Mariusz Mikolajek, Waldemar Zamorski & others... Ruska 37/38 Street, Wroclaw.  
  • 10 July - 27 September 2015 - International Art Review OSTRALE'015,  "HANDLE WITH CARE", Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden.            
  • 9 of January 2015 - "Night of Biologists 2015" Workshop "Inspiring Insects". Presentation of "Movie art inpsired by nature - means artists and biologists go to the cinema" Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw.                
  • 21-29 of September 2013 - International Exhibition, Kunstverein Buchholz, Germany.             
  • 29 June - 31 July 2013 - Exhibition of paintings in the Gallery Allerart in Bludenz, Austria.                     
  • 14 of March 2013 - Exhibition of works of associate professors and assistants E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw,  titled "Primavera", Arsenał Muzeum Miejskie Wrocław, Poland.           
  • 15-22 of September 2012 - IV Festival of Arts "City of Stars", Exhibition of Painting in Żyrardow, Poland.  
  • 13 of September 2012–13 of October 2012 - The 2nd Survey of Young Art. «Fresh Blood» Painting Exhibition in Socato Gallery, Wrocław, Poland.         
  • 8 of August 2012 - Exhibition of Painting in the Belchatow Cultural Center, Poland.                             
  • 9 of May 2012-  Exhibition of works by students of Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk "Bliskoznacznie", Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland.                                                                      
  • 28 of October 2011 - Painting exhibition by Danuta Wikotria Kacalak & Albertyna Kacalak titled "Confrontations" ,opens in Środa Śląska, House of Culture ,Poland. 

Awards:

  • 27 January 2016 - Nomination to Award of the Year 2015, Polish Fine Artist Society district of Wrocław (ZPAP okręg wrocławski) http://www.zpap.wroclaw.pl/nagroda-roku-2015
  • 22 October-15 of December 2015 - Award - First Prize - The National Painting exhibition contest "Young Laurel", Sofitel Luxury Hotel, DNA Gallery Wroclaw.
  • 10 July - 27 September 2015 -  SelectionInternational Art Review OSTRALE'015,  "HANDLE WITH CARE", Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden.
  • 8 of October 2012 - Award Diploma of The Year, The Competition of Lower Silesia Province Governor, Painting Exhibition in BWA Awangarda, Wrocław.
  • 15-22 of September 2012 - SelectionIV Festival of Arts "City of Stars", Exhibition of Painting in Żyrardow, Poland.

Projects:

  • 18 December 2017 - Design of a CD book for a boys' choirordered by the National Forum of Music in Wrocław
  • 26 May 2017 -  A portrait of the well-known Polish composer Elisabeth Sikora, ordered by the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, links: https://www.facebook.com/menfestival/photos/                    and link
  • 9 April 2017 - Lending my photo of painting and design of musical instrument drawings on the cover plate of LutosAir Quintet,  and on the album the most beautiful quintets of the last few decades by FAZIL SAY, David Maslanka, Daan Janssens and Tadeusz Szeligowski. Realization of the recording - Andrzej Sasin and Aleksandra Nagórko, "Cobalt night" on the cover of Albertyna Kacalak.  link
  • 21 March 2017 -  Design a cover page for a PhD thesis of Ewa Mizerska titled:  Andre Jolivet flute art as a reflection of the composer's innovative search and aesthetic views. link