Paulina Olowska, Artist's Flea Market, 2021, oil on canvas, 220 cm × 335 cm (86-5/8" × 10' 11-7/8")

Paulina Olowska

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Portrait of Paulina Olowska, Photography by Jacqueline Sobiszewski


b. 1976, Gdansk, Poland

Paulina Olowska (b. 1976, Gdansk, Poland) was born in 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, and lives and works in Rabka Zdroj and Krakow, Poland. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois in 1996 and earned an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland in 2000.

She has held solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2014); Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway (2022); and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2023). Group exhibition including her work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York (2011); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2017); Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2018);  Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland (2019); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2021); and Tate Modern, London (2023). Currently, Olowska is participating the the travelling exhibition, Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction, which is on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California (2023–2024), and will travel to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2024) and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2024–2025).

Olowska received the prestigious Aachen Art Prize in 2014, with an associated exhibition at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany. She has staged performances at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2013); Tate Modern, London (2015); the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2023); and The Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2023). Olowska presented the ballet “Slavic Goddesses—A Wreath of Ceremonies” at the Kitchen, New York, in 2017 and "Slavic Goddesses and The Ushers” at the Museo del Novecento in Milan in 2018. Her work was featured in the 2017 National Gallery of Victoria Triennial in Melbourne and the 2018 Liverpool Biennial. Her work is held in major public institutions worldwide, including Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; Städtiches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others.

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Paulina Olowska, The Mycologist, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 86 5/8 x 70 7/8" (220 x 180 cm) © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, The Pointer Sisters Convention, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 102 3/8 x 78 3/4" (260 x 200 cm) © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, A la Galcante, 2015, oil on canvas with collage elements, three parts, 96 7/16 x 154 5/16" (245 x 392 cm) © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, Natascha, 2010, white neon, 78 3/4 x 51 3/16" (200 x 130 cm) © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, Alphabet, 2005/2012, live performance © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, The Alchemist, 2015, oil paint, spray paint, pencil on canvas, 86 5/8 x 59 1/8" (220 x 150 cm) © Paulina Olowska

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Paulina Olowska, Romania, 2020, oil on canvas, 94 1/2 x 74 13/16" (240 x 190 cm) © Paulina Olowska