Adriana Gotowiecka was born in Poland, where she lived and studied until mid-90s. As a child, Adriana found immense pleasure in painting and drawing.
She began a long and passionate a air with art when she was only 8 years old. Adriana demonstrated an innate creative instinct very early on, using her mother’s nail varnishes. Communist Poland was a difficult place for a child to explore creativity due to scarce availability of materials.
Adriana was painting with anything she could find, drawing and sketching using pencils and pens. To this day, her first nail varnish abstract is carefully preserved as a reminder of her youth and her artistic origins. Creating art soon blossomed into a beloved hobby, as her interest in artistic expression grew stronger.
Adriana went on to study Art in both high school and college, while still keeping alive her love for sports, medicine and helping people. From the age of 12 she competed in sprint water kayaking becoming a Pro athlete. Adriana subsequently obtained a BSc in Nursing in Wroclaw, Poland. While in Wroclaw her passion for art was ever present and in the early 90s she was privately taught by Marian Pekosz, the Polish landscape artist. She also met the sculptress Krystyna Plawska-Jackiewicz, who introduced her to three dimensional art.
In 1995 she arrived in London to study English and Art. In those days, as a Polish citizen, Adriana was unable to enroll at University in the UK and instead pursued her hunger for learning through numerous courses. She studied drawing and painting in all medias at MAE, Merton Adult Education, Art Department and in 1998 finally at Putney Art College.
Adriana considers her artistic roots as ‘self- taught’ thanks to personal research and her unique approach in the exploration of her creativity. Numerous writers have inspired her, such as Wendon Blake & Rudy De Reyna, as well as Alwyn Crawshaw, the founder of the Society of Amateur Artists and the president of the National Acrylic Painters’ Association, who has written over twenty books on art instruction.
Adriana has experimented with several mediums, such as acrylics, pastels, and watercolour, but acrylics and spray-paint tend to be her preferred mediums. Mainly being a self-taught artist, gives Adriana the freedom and proficiency to express herself and her work has evolved through her own personal experience. She works from her home studio in Putney, in southwest London.
The themes of Adriana´s work are many and varied over the years, her paintings are triggered by someone or something she experienced in life, although then might take her years for everything to come into place like an art map of her personal life.
In Adriana´s ‘MA PHILOSOPHIE’ 2013-2014 acrylic canvases as well as in ‘TURNING INTO YOU’ sketches and drawings like Tracy Emin, she express different aspects of both the feminine psyche and life itself in unpredictable ways. Her latest ‘THE BEST OF HER’ 2015 triptych collages are about the rite of passage that addresses complexities of being a woman, with the light note and dash of mischief between the lines.
The same year Adriana also turned her attention to representational painting in her ‘ONLY WE KNOW’ series. She used flowers & fruit as subject matter presenting the sexual anatomy in sharp focus, expressing hidden ways of portraying her encounter with leading men in her life - Like Georgia O’Keeffe, Adriana interpreted her abstractions as expressions her sexuality by drawing attention to the inherent androgyny of this subject.
Adriana have worked in many mediums over the years but she loves the freedom of big, bold, tactile finger-strokes and multilayering that acrylic allows therefore acrylic is my main medium. She also likes to work with paper, acrylic pens and paint-spray making a collage or paint a whole canvas using only sprays. I enjoy the lack of any rules in art and painting which makes my work free flowing, uninhibited, bold and colourful.
"My work is very autobiographical but portraying myself on a canvas is a difficult place to be sometimes." – Adriana Gotowiecka
Every picture has a significant story from Adriana'slife almost in a provoke way. Deciphering her art is probably like unravelling her most private thoughts and feelings looking at it in a Rorschach way. It is like on the canvas she is chasing the real in human, man/woman interactions and portrayal of a 21-century woman.
“In any artistic expression, Gotowiecka goes through the depth of her subconscious, inviting viewers to be aware of their own unique existence within the world, making them able to recognise and analyse their own feelings and emotions. Gotowiecka shares her universe with such ferocity through exuberant creations that she is strongly appreciated for the impact of her talent in the contemporary art scene of today and tomorrow.” – Timothy Warrington, International Confederation of Art Critics
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