Maja Berezowska

Berezowska, Maja 1893-1978 Maja Berezowska (born 13 April 1893 or 1898 in Baranowicze – 31 May 1978 in Warsaw) was a Polish painter. From 1933 to 1936 she lived in Paris and worked with magazines such as “Le Figaro”, “Le Rire” and “Ici Paris”. She made a few caricature cartoons of Adolf Hitler which resulted in the official protest of the German Embassy in Paris, which sued Berezowska. She appeared in court but escaped having to pay any fine. However, Nazi Germans remembered her “outrage”. After her return to Poland and the outbreak of World War II she was imprisoned at Pawiak, and later given the death sentence and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. After the liberation of the Ravensbrück camp by the Soviet forces she left, with a group of other Polish women, first for Stockholm and a year later, in 1946, returned to her native...

Gruppa Monstfur

Monstfur Gruppa MONSTFUR is an indigenous unit of artland, subsisting on the by-products of modern life and the cultural degeneration of the past. It was conceived from a casual union and has evolved over a period of time into its current, more vivid incarnation. From the outset it drew inspiration from an urban dystopia with which it soon fell into a relationship of co dependant creativity. It expresses itself on the rusted steel sheets and redundant signage of its natural habitat equally as lucidly as on the rarefied canvas of the studio or gallery. This versatility has resulted in the colonisation of a variety of disparate locations: neither contemporary exhibition spaces nor abandoned factories are safe. Collective paintings can be found at prestigious fairs like Stroke Art Fair in Munich, where the objects are exhibited alongside high profile artists such as Banksy and Mr.Brainwash. Monstfur’s works have been presented at solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney and...

Man Ray

Man Ray 1890-1976 Born Emmanuel Rudnitzky, visionary artist Man Ray was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father worked as a tailor. The family moved to Brooklyn when Ray was a young child. From an early age, Ray showed great artistic ability and after finishing high school he followed his passion for art; he studied drawing with Robert Henri at the Ferrer Center, and frequented Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery 291. Ray found inspiration from the works of Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Marcel Duchamp. After experimenting with a Cubist style of painting, he moved toward abstraction. Along with Duchamp and Francis Picabia, Ray became a leading figure in the Dada movement in New York. In 1921, Ray moved to Paris. There, he continued to be a part of the artistic avant garde, with such famous figures as Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. Ray became famous for his portraits of his artistic and literary associates. He also developed a thriving career as a fashion photographer, taking pictures for such magazines as Vogue. A photographic innovator, Ray discovered a new way to create interesting images by accident in his darkroom. Called “Rayographs,” these photos were made by placing and manipulating objects on pieces of photosensitive paper. Returning to Paris in 1951, Ray continued to explore different artistic media. He focused much of his energy on painting and sculpture. Branching out in a new direction, Ray began writing his memoir. The project took more than a decade to complete, and his autobiography, Self Portrait, was finally published in 1965. In his final years, Man Ray continued to exhibit his art, with...

Anton Peschka

Peschka, Anton 1885-1940 Anton Peschka was born on 21 February 1885 in Vienna. After a commercial education he visited the painting school of Robert Scheffer. From 1906 to 1910 he studied with his close friend and contemporary, Egon Schiele, whose sister Gertrude he married later, under Christian Griepenkerl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Influenced artistically by his friend and brother-in-law, Peschka exhibited together with Schiele in the “Neukunstgruppe” in 1910. In the same year, as well as in 1919, his works were presented in the Wiener Künstlerhaus. From 1922 to 1935 he was a member of the Hagenbund whose exhibitions he stocked regularly. His main motifs included nudes and landscapes. Today his works can be seen amongst others in the Albertina and the Wien Museum. Peschka died on 9 September 1940 in...

Paulina Olowska

Olowska, Paulina Born 1976 Paulina Olowska was born 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, she studied in the US at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, the Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her works involving pop art, graffiti and Soviet propaganda have been exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the Stedelijk’s Museum’s 2004 exhibition, Time and Again, the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) and the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008). In 2010 she had a solo show at the Glasgow Tramway and another in 2011 at the New York Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 she collaborated with Mick La Rock to create the backdrop for her exhibition, Au Bonheur des Dames at the Stedelijk. Her work is now well sought after and can be found in many collections and museums...