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Karolina Ptaszkowska

Karolina lives and works in Bristol, but was born in Nowy Sacz (Poland). She gained her MA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2010 and in recent years, she was enrolled on the Turps Art School Correspondence Course.

Karolina works across painting and installation and articulates poetic, inter-subjective dialogues. It results from myriad sources: psychoanalysis, linguistics, the mundane as well as art history and pop culture.

Karolina’s works mirror painterly sensitivity defined by vitality, drama and sign-tracing. She highlights physicality and psychology of the painterly gesture. She asks a question if the image has a body, and if yes – is it a social, a physical or a psychological one. Ptaszkowska addresses these aspects in various layers of her practice.


The Food Must Come in or the Fire Be Put Out

Naive to the Bone

ongoing series of works on paper and papier-mache trays

Selected Paintings (2020-2017)


  • 2019-18 and 2017-16 Turps Banana Art School, Correspondence Course / London, UK
  • 2010-2005 Academy of Fine Arts, MFA in Painting / Warsaw, PL

  • Upcoming, January 2021 Galeria XX1, Warsaw (Pl)
  • Residency Show, 2020, The Garage; Bristol (UK)

  • Garbage Pail Kids  , 2019, curated by Kurt Beers, TopaintersTopaintings, online
  • Cosmic Fishing, 2019, Kosar Contemporary, Bristol (UK)
  • Sightings, 2018, curated by Phil Root, Caraboo Projects, Bristol (UK)
  • Places Faces and Spaces, 2017, curated by Hedley Roberts, New Art Projects, London (UK)
  • Paper Cuts, 2017, Kristian Day, London (UK)
  • ‘EBC015’ Painting and Drawing , 2017, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (UK)
  • We Are The Ones vol.1, CGK, Copenhagen (DK)
  • Pay & Display Prize, 2017, selected by Daphne Wright & Beatrice Haines, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol (UK)
  • Bath Open Art Prize, 2016, FaB Festival 44AD Artspace, Bath, (UK)
  • After-Images (Po-widoki), 2015, BWA Sokol Gallery, Nowy Sacz (PL)
  • Painters’ Night (Noc Malarzy), 2012, group show, Praca Gallery, Szpitalna 6, Warsaw, (PL)
  • Start to Hangart, 2011, Klima Bochenska’s Gallery, Warsaw, (PL)

  • Residency, 2020 May-July; The Garage; Bristol (UK)
  • Longlisted for Beers Annual Open / Summer Marathon 2020, 2019, Beers Contemporary
  • Shorlisted to the ‘South West Showcase Open Call’, 2019, Gallery at Plymouth College of Art (UK)
  • Axisweb September Artist of The Month, 2016
  • Shorlisted to the ‘South West Showcase Open Call’, 2016, Gallery at Plymouth College of Art (UK)