Agnieszka Nienartowicz / Masterpieces

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Agnieszka Nienartowicz was born in 1991 in Jelenia Góra, a small town in Lower Silesia, Poland. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, wherein 2016 she received a Bachelor of Arts, at the painting studio led by Prof. Maciej Świeszewski with a supplement in drawing under Prof. Maria Targońska. In the years 2011-2014 she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. She was awarded several scholarships, a number of awards and distinctions. Now, she lives and works in Zakopane, a beautiful town located in the soaring and picturesque Tatra Mountains in the very south of Poland.




God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Then, in addition to his body and soul, he gained the life-giving spirit. There is a duality in man’s soul that is tainted with sin, stretching between his inclination to fall and the pulsing life inside of him. Physicality and psyche. There is a battle taking place inside. Thoughts, emotions, feelings and desires whirl. Man is full of contradictions.

When painting, I am looking for life in its various manifestations - it is probably the best way to describe the path that I am traveling and it might be for this reason that man, having life in him, stands at the center of my search.

Although I formally employ techniques close to hyperrealism, I find imperfection in them. I give form to a shapeless mass of paint, but its structure imposes restrictions. After bringing a microscope close to the canvas, we still see only a colored stain in which it is futile to look for the complex tissue matter. It is absurd, therefore, to create an illusion of life, let alone create a real image of life. The body depicted on the canvas is merely a thin layer of paint, contained in two dimensions, but it still seems to bear the mark and shadow of the subject’s life, a trace of what exists in the real world. Objects and places are dead, but what gives them importance is man - confined in the physical world, which affects him and puts him in a specific context. I infiltrate his inner world, investigating his place in the surrounding environment, the heterogeneity of his nature and the property of his being. I play with the form by containing the human body in a specific context in the picture, or juxtaposing it with specific attributes, sometimes banal or even taken out of the world of absurdity. Although I try to discreetly guide the viewer to my own train of thought, I do not put forth any explicit thesis, seeking rather tension, ambiguity or disturbing combinations and therefore reflecting the world around us, where everyone must find the Truth themselves. And the Truth is perceivable.

A key element of some of the paintings are portions of other works from the past eras incorporated into them, whether in the form of a background, an attribute or as a composite element with the character themselves (even in the form of a painting on the subject’s body). The works I choose, though being mere objects, seem alive to me as they bear witness to the thoughts of their authors and the times in which they were created.

By appropriating fragments of these works, I establish a kind of dialogue with their authors, transferring the inseparable thought behind those paintings to my own canvas. At the same time, placing them in a completely new context, I deprive them of their original meaning and transform them into an artifact. 


This ambiguity is what I love. 


A selection of paintings by Agnieszka Nienartowicz



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