Agata Jóźwiak

The artist looks at the world profoundly and sensitively, contemplates the beauty and the majesty of nature. Agata Jóźwiak with mastery uses monochrome technique of ink painting, which is the result of her private studies of the history of art and practice of painting by chinese literati and zen masters (bunjinga, zenga). Artist’s subtle, unhurried conversation with the Far Asian traditions, constant inspiration by the local landscape is a precious thing among modern polish painting, enriching the tradition which has started in 19th century  by the most prominent landscape painters.

Anna Katarzyna Maleszko, The National Museum in Warsaw

Ms Agata Jóźwiak combines the tradition of Far East ink painting and the tradition of Polish landscape painting in an interesting way. Thus she fits in a long artistic process tracing its roots back to the the second half of the nineteenth century, when Polish artists often reached for techniques and formal measures of Far East art and were inspired by the ideas of that art to describe and interpret home reality in a new way.

Joanna Wasilewska (PhD) Director of Asia and Pacific Museum

This young painter has mastered her painting techniques, which she has proved with fine copies of old masters’ works (oil painting, watercolour, drawing). As the experiments of today’s avant-garde do not interest her, she turned towards ink painting. In her low number of means of expression she is close to the prehistory of painting. She paints with ink and her works deserve recognition. She is exceptionally sensitive to the beauty of landscape and searches for the essence of landscape in her works.

Prof. Przemysław Trzeciak, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw

The painting of Agata Jóźwiak delights you as an artistic effect of the artist’s direct contact with nature, mainly with the mountains. Her intuitional use of such rules of Japanese aesthetics as compositional asymmetry, the active role of emptiness and narrow value gradation have entered the repertoire of her means of artistic expression for good. Thus her art is sensitive to changes observed in nature, but also open to the Universum. It is spontaneous, but at the same time subject to formal discipline.

Łukasz Kossowski (PhD) Art curator of The Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw
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