Justyna Smoleń is an artist living and working in Krakow, Poland. She is primarily a painter, but also makes sculptures, objects and installations. She was born in 1988 and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 2013. She has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions in both her native country and abroad.

Her works can be found in many private and national collections, including: collection of the Zachęta Lower Silesian Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts  Wroclaw (Widnokręgi, 2016) , collection of the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (Totem, 2021).

fot. Mateusz Woźniak

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.


Solo exhibition:

2020 – Read the forms, solo exhibition, Grey House Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2016 – SOON_30, Widnokręgi, solo exhibition, Spectra Art Space, Warsaw, Poland

2016 – Widnokręgi, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sacz, Poland

2015 – Lack,  BWA Sanok Gallery, Sanok, Poland

2015 – Zamęt,  Socato Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland

2014 – The sea, Sandhofer Gallery, Salzbourg, Austria

2012 – Unus/Una/Unum, Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland


Duo/trio exhibition:

2023 – Wyrd Road,  Radek Szlęzak/ Justyna Smoleń, Rooter, Gallery, Krakow

2022 – Connections, with Edyta Kowalewska and Zuzanna Piekoszewska / Justyna Smoleń, Nanazenit Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2022 – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, with Paweł Olszewski, Piana Gallery Foundation, Krakow, Poland

2021 – Without lashes, with Nina Paszkowski and Olga Holzschuh, Cracow Art Week KRAKERS, Dietla 7, Krakow, Poland

2020 – with Małgorzata Markiewicz / Marcin Janusz, Kadenowka Residence House Rabka Zdrój, Poland

2019 – Motus, with Olga Ząbroń and Krystyna Misiak,  Pawilon Wyspiańskiego, Krakow, Poland


Group exhibition:

2023 – CALLART 2 The Overview Effect, Wrocław Contemporary Museum

2023 – Powrót do ceramiki, MOCAK Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej w Krakowie

2023 – Treibstoff, MODULGALERIE, Nuremberg

2022 – A river once flowed there, Piana Gallery Foundation, Krakow, Poland

2022 – INNY/ OBCY / TEN SAM, Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, Poland

2022 – Restless Souls, Open Eyes Art Festival 2022, Pałac Oginskich i Potulickich, Krakow, Poland

2022 – Young Art Biennale Fisheye 10, Centre for Creative Activitites, Ustka Poland

2022 – IS IT REAL? The power of imagination, OFF Festival, Rondo Sztuki Gallery, Katowice, Poland

2022 – Interior, Katowice BWA Gallery, Poland

2021 – Super Heros, KunstRaum, Weissenohe, Germany

2021 – Enlivening, Pilipczuk Gallery, Copenhagen, Danemark

2020 – Utopia Spaces of Closure, Transporter Kultury, online exhibition, on-line

2019 – Flogiston, ASP Painting Gallery,  Krakow, Poland

2019 – Starting point,  Biala Gallery, Centrum, NCK, Krakow, Poland

2019 – Changing views, Halle WERFT 77, Dusseldorf, Germany

2019 – Weltschmerz, BWA Wroclaw, Poland

2019 – Nature in art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

2018 – Deal,  Potencja Gallery, WGW, Warsaw, Poland

2018 – UTOPIA. No-place, High5,  Krakow, Poland

2017 – Leszek Misiak and students, NCK, Krakow, Poland

2017 – NOPROBLEM, Potencja Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2017 – XY- XY – Újgenerációs lengyel-magyar festészet, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debreczyn, Hungary

2017 – Triangel, Polish Institute in Dusseldorf, SITTart Galerie Dusseldorf, Kulturforum  Alte Post Neuss, Germany

2016 – Morze, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

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

2016 – PMS Świeża Krew, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland

2016 – CUBE, Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland

2016 – Co słychać w Nowym Sączu?, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz, Poland

2015 – 2th International Art Competition  CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE, City Art Gallery, Częstochowa, Poland

2015 – SPOJRZENIA. 01.O zanikaniu wspomnień, Kunst Raum Weissenohe, Oberfranken, Germany

2014 – REST-ART-WORK, Wawrzyńca 19, Krakow, Poland

2014 – 5th Marian Michalik’s  Competition for the Painting of Young Painters, Painting Triennial, City Art Gallery in Czestochowa, Poland

2014 – Young Polish Art, Museu Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Spain

2014 – Art and Technology. PI SYMPOSIUM, Theatre du Crochetan Monthey, Switzerland

2013 – Promotion, 23 Polish Young Art Review, Legnica, Poland

2013 – Imaginary Landscapes 2, Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA, Taipei

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

2013 – BETRETEN VERBOTEN, Culture Transporter Foundation, Quelle, Nuremberg, Germany

2013 – Still Nature, Soho Factory, Warsaw, Poland

2013 – New Painting/New View, UA Gallery, Poznan; BWA, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

2012 – Naturystki, Contemporary Art Center Solvay, Krakow, Poland

2012 – New Painting/New View, UA Gallery, Poznan, Poland



2015 – honorary mention, 2th International Art Competition, Contemporary Landscape, Częstochowa

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

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



2017 – Artistic Scholarship of Krakow City

2015 – Scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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


Water III, 120 x170cm, tempera on canvas, 2012, private collection