Karolina Jabłońska

Term:  August – September 2018

Supported by the City of Leipzig / Referat for International Cooperation.



Born 1991, lives and works in Cracow, Poland.

The pain­tings of Karolina Jabłońska (born 1991, graduated 2015) allude to the creative freedom of Art Brut, Neo-Expressionism and the con­fes­sional art of feminists and female moder­nists. Intense pink and its fleshy hue bring out the dark eroticism of the works, aboun­ding in scenes of heigh­tened sen­sitivity, ecstatic violence and distur­bing hal­lucinations. A lyrical sub­ject here, appearing in many of the pain­tings, is a con­tem­porary young girl with huge brown eyes. Their over-sizing—whether it hides terror or excess curiosity—assumes an almost obses­sive charac­ter. The sweet sul­triness of Karolina’s pain­ting draws energy from the literary threads she traces and from the immediate reac­tion to an over-controlled and testosterone-drenched reality.


2010 – 2015 Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow – prof. Leszek Misiak studio
2014 – 2015 Scholarship in Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

Solo Exhibition (Selection)

2017 Dziewczyna czy tygrys, BWA Gorzów Wielkopolski
2016 Ludzka Rzecz, Grey House Fundation Gallery, Krakow
2016 Nowa Para Oczu, Potencja Gallery, Krakow
2013 Ostatnie pożegnanie, Arsene Galeria Wiatrak, Krakow
2012 Zawodowcy, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Solvay, Krakow

Group Exhibtion (Selection)

2018 Lifehack, Jedna Dva Tři Gallery, Prague
2017 Szwung, Schwarz Contemporary, Berlin
2017 „Liste” Art Fair, Raster Gallery, Basel
2017 No problem, Potencja Gallery, Krakow
2017 „XY” New Generation Polish-Hungarian Painting, MODEM Center for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
2017 Movie Show / Seans, Szara Gallery, Katowice
2017 Potencja, Raster Gallery, Warsaw
2016 Interstelaż, Potencja Gallery, Krakow
2015 42 Biennale Malarstwa Bielska Jesień, BWA Bielsko Biała
2015 Wy-dalone/Excre(a)ted, Potencja Gallery, Krakow
2014 Winter is coming, Szara Kamienica Gallery, Krakow
2014 From Dusk Till Dawn, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow
2014 Berliner Liste Art Fair, Berlin
2014 Lepiej mieć horyzont wąski…, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow
2013 Malarstwo Językiem Uniwersalnym, Ludwik Zamenhof Center, Białystok
2012 Spring / Wiosna, with the participation of Tomasz Kręcicki and Cyryl Polaczek, Wiarus Bar, Krakow


2017 II prize in 43 Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień”, BWA Bielsko Biała
2016 prize found by “Dolnośląski klub kapitału” in 12 Geppert Competition
2015 I prize in „Konkurs na Dzieło” organized by Art Academy in Krakow
2014-2015 Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education for the outstanding artistic achievements
2014 Prize in competition of the Grey House Foundation, private prize found by Krystyna Axmann
2014 Nomination to the prize „Nowy Obraz” organized by Art University in Poznan
2013 III prize in a country wide competition „Malarstwo Językiem Uniwersalnym” organized by Young Art Foundation „Zielona Marchewka”

Collaborative Project

Cofounder with Tomasz Kręcicki and Cyryl Polaczek, artist’s run space POTENCJA