Kamila Wojciechowicz-Krauze

“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. This is your nature, and all these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.”
― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth.
Looking back, everything started with J. Campbell, one of my favorite philosophers. He inspired me to create illustrations, connected to myths from different parts of the world. Most of my work is deeply rooted in classic European art, especially Bosch, Dürer and Piranesi. I’m passionate about the history of art, ballet, opera and draw inspiration from old graphics and costume designs. I am also influenced by XXth century artists, such as L. Carrington, M. Chagall, J. Wilkoń, and S. Delaunay.
Why do I create art? It would be cliché to say that it is the sole purpose of my life. But in fact, it is one of the most important aspects of my existence, apart for family and friends.
My works differ in size and media. I like to experiment a great deal with various techniques, such as collage, colorful inks and tissue paper. I love linear work, but I’m also passionate about color, and P. Klee, H. Matisse and O. Hajek are my experts in terms of color relations. My main objective in illustration is to achieve a perfect combination of masterful linear work and the simplicity of saturated colors. That is why I use collage in my works and saturated colored inks to add some freshness to the vintage drawings.
The first crucial art project I completed was my Visuals Arts MA project, Setting the Stage. It was a collection of 4 graphics, depicting theatre stages inspired by H. Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, operas such as Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress and Faust. Another important art project I completed was The Bestiary-4 graphics depicting creatures described by Borges in his Book on Imaginary Beings and the Slavic Bestiary: 8 graphics depicting characters from well-known tales & forgotten folklore, popular in Central & Eastern Europe.
I created a group of three mannequins inspired by Ancient Egyptian history and by Philip Glass’s opera: Akhenaten (especially the Met Opera production from 2019). The male represents pharaoh Amenhotep III, the female mannequins is his wife, Queen Tiye. The child mannequin represents Akhenaten, the first ever pharaoh to introduce a monotheistic religion dedicated to the Sun God, Aten. I have used Egyptian symbols on each mannequin, such as the scarab, the Ankh cross, the Maat feather, the Eye of Horus and many more. I’ve used acrylic paints and acrylic markers to paint the mannequins. I also used fake crystals and used a protective layer of varnish on each figure. I started painting old mannequins in March 2020 during the pandemic, after being inspired by painted mannequins in a gallery in Central Australia.
I have received multiple awards and merits for my illustrations and have sold my art pieces to collectors worldwide, including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, USA, China, and the United Kingdom.


Selected Group Exhibitions:
07/2021 3×50, Bisztynek (PL)
06/2021 Targowisko Sztuki, Cukry Praga, Warsaw (PL)
06/2021 The Slavic Spirit in the Modern World, GSW, Gdańsk (PL)
06/2021 Open Gardens Festival, Podkowa Leśna (PL)
06/2021 Diary from the Pandemic, Ostrów Wielkopolski (PL)
06/2021 Intl. Biennial of Painting Quadro Art, Arthur Rubinstein Filharmonic Orchestra, Łódź (PL)
05/2021 Targowisko Sztuki, Warsaw (PL)
05/2021 Touch of Fabric, Łaźnia Gallery, Radom (PL)
05/2021 Touch of Fabric, OWZPAP, Warsaw (PL)
05/2021 3×50, Usługa Jazz Bar, Olsztyn (PL)
04/2021 Zielono Mi, Galeria Art, Warsaw (PL)
04/2021 3×50, Wozownia Sztuk, Frombork (PL)
09/2020 Positive Art, OW ZPAP, Warsaw (PL)
09/2020 Intl. Art Overwiev Kiodygresy, Amphitheatre, Ostróda (PL)
07-08/2020 Art During the Pandemic II, OW ZPAP, Warsaw (PL)
01/2020 GROUP SHOW, Montserrat Gallery, NYC (USA)
11/2019 Art Next Expo, PMQ, Hong Kong (China)
07-08/2019 International Artist Residency, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (PL)
12/2018 Small is Great! Jadite Gallery, NYC (USA)
07-08/2018 International Artist Residency, Leopolis Hotel, Cracow (PL)
10/2017 Art Next Expo, PMQ, Hong Kong (China)
05-06/2017 International Artist Residency, The Red Barn, Beacon NY (USA)
09-10/2016 International Artist Residency, The Red Barn, Beacon NY (USA)
10/2015 Con/Corso Buenos Aires, Milan (ITALY)
07/2015 MA Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London (UK)
Solo Shows:
07-08/2021 Freedom and Nature, Parę Osób, Warsaw (PL)
05/2021 The Art of Illustration, Na Prostej Gallery, Jabłonna (PL)
03/2021 Bye, Bye Pandemic, Gallery Metamorfozy, Warsaw (PL)
09/2020 Fantasmagorie Kamili Wojciechowicz-Krauze, LO im. Marii Konopinckiej, Komorów (PL)
07/2020 Fantasmagorie Kamili Wojciechowicz-Krauze, Gallery Przechodnia, Warszawa (Polska)
09/2019 Fantasmagorie Kamili Wojciechowicz-Krauze, Gallery Przechodnia, Warsaw (Poland)
04-05/2019 Inspiration and Dread, Klub na Hożej, Warsaw (Poland)
04/2018 Tribute to Old Masters, PIASA, NYC (USA)
04-05/2018 Chinese Spring, SDK, Warsaw (Poland)
09-10/2017 Metamorphosis, Gallery SD Szucha 8, Warsaw (PL)
10-11/2016 Kama Arts, Gallery Fochy i Fanaberie, Warsaw (PL)
10-11/2015 Fantasmagorie, Gallery Parę Osób, Warsaw (PL)
Artistic Education:
2009-2013/ Academy of Fine Arts/ BA Graphics/ Warsaw/ Poland
2013-2015/ Camberwell College of Arts/ MA Illustration/ London/ UK
1st Prize | 7th Concorso Buenos Aires | 2015 | Milan
2nd Prize | Generation of Young Artists | 2016 | Warsaw
Merit | 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration | 2019 | NYC
Merit | 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration | 2015 | NYC
H. Mention | 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration | 2021 | NYC
2 x H Mentions | 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration | 2016 | NYC
Selected Publications:
2021, VII International Biennial of Painting Quadro Art, ŁZPAP, Łódź (PL)
2021, The Slavic Spirit in the Modern World, GSW Publishing House, K. A. Górecki, A. J. Karpiński & B. Krygier, Gdańsk (PL) ISBN print 978-83-66270-14-5; ISBN online 978-83-66270-15-2 https://gsw.gda.pl/wydawnictwo/Slowianski_duch_115
2020, I2L0L200, 3×3 Illustration Directory 2020, Artisanal Media LLC. NYC (USA) ISBN 978194675013
2019, Art Next Expo Show Catalogue, PMQ, Hong Kong (China)
2019, 3x3Annual16, Artisanal Media LCC. NYC (USA) ISBN13 978-1-946750-12-9
2017, Art Next Expo Show Catalogue, PMQ, Hong Kong (China)
2017, Art Fresh Festival8 Warsaw Sheraton Hotel, Piotr Pardiak & Rafał Taras, ISBN978-83-941401-2-0
2016, 9th International Biennial of Miniature Art, Guade Mater Institute of Culture, Częstochowa (PL) ISBN 978-83-62408-15-3
2016, Art Fresh Festival7 Warsaw Sheraton Hotel, Piotr Pardiak & Rafał Taras, ISBN 978-83-941401-1-3
2015, 3x3Annual12, Artisanal Media LLC., NYC (USA) ISBN13 978-0-9896002-0-0
2015, ConCorso Buenos Aires 7th edition, Associazione Open Art Milano, Euroweb srl, Milan (IT)
2015, The Adventures of Anatol F. by Piotr Frączak, Kooperatywa Pozarządowa, Warsaw (PL)
Publikacje prac dostępnych w galerii Artofpoland w  ‘Sztuce w Kadrze’ obrazu abstrakcyjnego, ‘Discovery’ oraz manekina: Amenhotepa III:
Dostępne prace w galerii