paulina michnowska

Location: London (Hackney)

Michnowska is an artist born in Poland (1984), educated in Rome at the Accademia di Belle Arti, followed by an MfA at Slade School of Fine Arts, London. She currently lives and works in London, exhibiting on a regular basis in UK and Europe.
In June 2013 Michnowska had her second Solo show Now, If one returns to melancholy at FoodFace projects in London. In 2013 she was shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson and in 2011 she was selected for the Threadneedle Prize.

Paulina employs a range of media that includes film, painting, ceramics and collage work. Her primary interest lies in the process itself, where she can physically explore different materials and their singular characteristics.
Using an assortment of collected imagery from books, photographs, newspaper cuttings and ancient sculptural artifacts, she selects, edits, and melds the materials into a language of her own. There is an anarchic, rebellious visual energy that surges violently between grotesque and the delicate.
Her recent works are perhaps a reaction against the beginnings of her artistic training at Plastyk Academy (Poland), where in the town of Kielce she worked three days a week for five years, painstakingly copying old master paintings in meticulous detail.



2014 TheWindShow, Camden People’s Theatre, London (UP)
2013 Now, if one returns to melancholy, FoodFace, London
2012 Lost in Space Forever, George & Jørgen, London


2014 HEAD TO HEAD, Standpoint Gallery, London
2014 Transforming Spaces, National Art Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas
2013 At Home, E81PD, London
2013 Painting Parade, LeandaKateLouice, London
2013 Solo Projects Basel, George & Jorgen, Basel
2013 Loopart13, Loopart13, London
2013 Copy, Paper Gallery Manchester
2012 Prophetic Drawing, George & Jorgen, London
2012 Assemble, The Liquid Courage Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas
2012 Photomobile, Convento de Santa Clara, Belalcazar, Spain
2012 Adapters, El Posito de Belalcazar, Spain
2012 A Wall is a Surface, Londonewcastle Project Space
2011 The Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2011 GIC Biennale, Korean Ceramic Foundation, South Korea
2011 Led To Alter, Wilton Way Studios, London
2010 New Contemporary Art: Part I, George and Jørgen, London
2010 Wall painting commission for Hogarth Worldwide
2010 Different Light Here, Le Garage, London
2010 Project 1, LeandaKateLouise, London
2010 Hell in a Handcart, Opposite 48 Hoxton Square, London
2010 MA/MFA graduation show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2010 Istanbul was Constantinople, Hush Gallery, Istanbul
2009 Slade Interim show, Slade Research Centre, University College London


2013 Shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson 2012 Photomobile, 1st Prize
2011 The Threadneedle Prize, shortlisted
2010 Hogarth Worldwide Ltd Commission
2009 Mary Rischgitz Prize
2008 Nicholas Volley Bursary
2005 IX Premio Internazionale Massenzio Arte


2012 La Fragua, Belalcazar, Spain
2010 KunstVlaai A.P.I., Westergasgabriek, Amsterdam
2009 Utopia Project, Athens School of Fine Arts, Crete
2006 Ateliers Internazionale d’arte contemporanea,
2006 Monteacuto delle Alpiy Italy


2013 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson
2013 Marmite Prize Catalogue
2011 Threadneedle Investments
2011 MAXXI, Rome. Contemporaneo.doc/DOCVA, MAXXI
2010 Index, self published book, edition of 5
2010 605 x 505, Print Project, in collection at the Tate Modern