Katarzyna Gajewska


2005 Graduated with MFA at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw

2003 Graduated with BFA at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw

1998 Graduated with the title of Artist Exhibitor at State Secondary Art School in Warsaw

Born, 1978 in Warsaw, contemporary artist and painter, now lives in Dublin. Graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts as a Master of Fine Arts in March 2005 and was awarded a Ministry of Culture Scholarship. The recipient of residencies at Cill Rialaig, Co Kerry, she also exhibited extensively in Ireland, the UK and Germany. She is represented by Irish galleries nationally and she exhibits both nationally and internationally. She paints only with her hands, which she feels makes her closer to her subject matter.

Irvin Welsh: “Katarzyna’s paintings are haunting and emotional, all the more visceral due to her methods of painting. The fact that she uses her hands gives the paintings an amazingly powerful primitive feel. The figures feel as if they are emerging or disappearing. They occupy a peripheral world like ghosts and this gives them a stunning intensity and power”.