Natalia Załuska

b. 1984
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“I see my practice as a reflection on space: organising or rearranging space, using different components. […] I like to play with surface and depth.”

Born in 1984 in Krakow, Natalia Załuska graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna in 2013. She explores the relationship between pictorial space and geometrical shapes using few colours and cardboards to delineate dimensions and divisions of space. Investigating painting in a wider context, Załuska is interested in its interrelationships, meaning and the framework of the two-dimensional surface. She works with several materials in a limited number of colours and her works lie close to abstraction, executed as they are in a simple, typically geometric idiom which has certain affinities with minimalist art. Her works are characterised by optical effects and surface textures.

Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Poland and around Europe, and she has been the recipient of awards and fellowships including a “Young Poland” fellowship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland (2018), and a grant from the Alfred-Toepfer Foundation (2011-2013). She lives and works in Vienna and Krakow.

Untitled, 2018

collage, mixed media on canvas, 80 x 60 cm

She works with both optical effects and the textures associated with the surface of the paintings. This way she continues art historical dialogue with the painting and art theory of the 1960s, to implement investigations of structures and formal devices for painting today.