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 was born in 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, and lives and works in Rabka Zdroj and Krakow, Poland. She has had one-person exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.

Olowska received the prestigious Aachen Art Prize in 2014, with an associated exhibition at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany. She has also staged performances at Tate Modern, the Carnegie International, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 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, as well as in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; mumok, Vienna; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Migros Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; and the New Museum, New York.

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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