fot. Emilia Kina

Justyna Smoleń was born in 1988. She is a visual artist, living and working in Krakow. In 2013 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, achieving her MA in Painting. In 2020 she received her PhD title.

Smoleń creates paintings, spatial objects, sculptures and porcelain collages. Her area of ​​creative interests are the phenomena of nature, the study of human relations with nature and mythology. In her artistic work, she is interested in the concept of a fragment as a field of creative inspiration. Often her paintings are based on the language of minimalist abstraction, which uses the material properties of paint to build the character of the work, the starting point of which is a fragment of natural space that organically grows in many directions. These images try to visually present the void as well as the endless multitude of visions in one object. Smoleń draws attention to the variability of the interpretation of the work of art and the individual perception of the work by the viewer. Her creative method is also based on the deconstruction of found objects, on the basis of which she creates new, hybrid artistic qualities, deconstructing their meanings.

Justyna Smolen’s works are in the museum collections of Zacheta Wroclaw.



2014 – 2017   The Pedagogical University of Krakow, Phd Degree

2008 – 2013    Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland. MA Degree in Painting


Selected solo exhibition:


Read the forms, Grey House Gallery, Krakow


SOON_30, Widnokręgi, Spectra Art Space, Warsaw

Widnokręgi, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz


Lack, BWA Snok Gallery, Sanok

Zamęt, Socato Gallery, Wrocław


The sea, Sandhofer Gallery, Salzbourg


AIR-PLANE, Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art, Warsaw


Selected Group exhibition:


without lashes, CracowArtWeek KRAKERS, Krakow

ENLIVENING, Pilipczuk Gallery, Copenhagen


Utopia Spaces of Closure, Transporter Kultury, online exhibition

Opening the Foundation, Kadenówka Residence House, Rabka Zdrój


Flogiston, ASP Painting Gallery,  Krakow

Starting point,  Biala Gallery, Centrum, NCK, Krakow

Changing views, Halle WERFT 77, Dusseldorf

Weltschmerz, BWA Wroclaw, PL

Nature in art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Motus, Pawilon Wyspianskiego, Krakow


Deal,  Potencja Gallery, WGW, Warsaw

UTOPIA. No-place, High5,  Krakow


Leszek Misiak and students, NCK, Krakow

NOPROBLEM, Potencja Gallery, Krakow

XY- XY – Újgenerációs lengyel-magyar festészet, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debreczyn

Triangel, Polish Institute in Dusseldorf, SITTart Galerie Dusseldorf, Kulturforum  Alte Post Neuss

Jego białe pióra, oświecone słońcem, błyszczały jak samo słońce; Henryk Gallery, Krakow


Morze, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Polish start. Art Capital 2016, Ferenczy Múzeumi Centrum, Szentendre

PMS Świeża Krew, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum

CUBE, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

Co słychać w Nowym Sączu?, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz


2th International Art Competition  CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE, City Art Gllery, Czestochowa

Doctorspiele, ArtZona, Krakow

SPOJRZENIA. 01.O zanikaniu wspomnień, Kunst Raum Weissenohe, Oberfranken


REST-ART-WORK, Wawrzynca 19, Krakow

5th Marian Michalik’s  Competition for the Painting of Young Painters, Painting Triennial, City Art Gallery in Czestochowa

Young Polish Art, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga

Art and Technology. PI SYMPOSIUM, Theatre du Crochetan Monthey


Promotion, 23 Polish Young Art Review, Legnica

Imaginary Landscapes 2, Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Taipei

The 41st Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień 2013, BWA Bielsko-Biala

BETRETEN VERBOTEN, Culture Transporter Foundation, Quelle, Nuremberg

Still Nature, Soho Factory, Warsaw

New Painting/New View, UA Gallery, Poznan; BWA, Gorzow Wielkopolski


Naturystki, Contemporary Art Center Solvay, Krakow

New Painting/New View, UA Gallery, Poznan



honorary mention, 2th International Art Competition  CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE, Częstochowa, 2015

Grand Prix, IV Art Contest Świeża Krew, Socato Gallery, Wroclaw, 2014

Grand Prix, Zdarzenia, X -Józef Szajna International Festival, Tczew, 2009



Artistic Scholarship of Krakow City, 2017

Scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, 2015

Henry T. Doren’s art scholarship, Krakow, 2012