Renowned for bravely breaking boundaries, Kamila Krzyzaniak is a rising force in the art world. From boldly skipping through the forest at just 5 years old, alone and eager to explore to establishing herself as an enthusiastic teenage creator, determined to carve wood and turn it into intricate works of art – she remains defiant in her fearless exploration of the artistic sphere. She is an Adventurer, tomboy, chess player, artist, founder, and editor-in-chief of Luxury Splash of Art magazine.
Always determined to achieve, constantly evolving, and pushing the limits of her abilities, she somehow found time to take a few moments to talk about her life, art, and hopes for the future.
Where it all began
Her journey from a small Polish town to London is truly fascinating, and this is only the beginning. She developed her artistic passions, especially the possibilities offered by wood, thanks to her father, who worked as a carpenter. Her mother instilled in her diligence and organisational skills that she cites as highly useful in her present running of the “Luxury Splash of Art” magazine.
As a graduate of the High School of Fine Arts, this was where she developed her interests in woodcutting and woodcarving, perfected finishing techniques, and gained skills using, among others, patina, and polychrome. The next steps were graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Technology and successfully working as a Master Engineer in Architecture before moving to England, where she set up her art studio in London as Kamila K Art. From the beginning of her stay in the United Kingdom, she was very active, not only as a painter: but collaborated with “Literary Memoirs”, hosted “Afternoon Tea with Art for Beginners and Advanced” and ran her Art at Home in a Polish magazine published in London, “Cooltura”.
She is an artist characterised by abstraction and portraits of women, for she is fascinated by the female body, which she considers “sensual, delicate, full of grace, subtlety, mystery, temptation, contradiction, weakness, and strength, submission and wildness”. Thus, her work reflects the feminine experience, presenting what she sees intrinsic to the female body and conveying this to others.
She mainly paints women though has been known to portray horses, abstracting both using an original technique – aided by rollers, putties, or structural plasters with brushes used only for mixing paints or retouching. She is fascinated by combined techniques; she believes that the homogeneity of the surface does not allow it to fully use its potential.
“I am motivated by the works of artists living and those who have passed away. I love Vermeer, Rembrandt.” This is clearly reflected in her art which manipulates shapes and colours with agility. Although earth tones dominate most of her paintings, this artist is not afraid to tint her work in shades of blue or red, emphasising the dramatic, mysterious, and mystic feel of her work.
“I use very different structures. It seems to me that if I painted with oil paints or watercolors, it would be uninteresting. The image must be… noticeable. During my studies, I tried to paint with oil paints, but from the very beginning, I could not resist diversifying the surface. That’s why I wiped off the paint and glued various things to the canvas. This is called mixed media.”
Commitment to her craft
She never gives up: when her studio was destroyed by fire one afternoon a few years ago, she faced the challenge and rebuilt her “kingdom” step by step. Her works quickly gained recognition, and she exhibited them, among others, in the United States, Poland, England, Spain, Denmark, France, and Korea. Kamila Krzyzaniak’s paintings are in many private, corporate, art galleries and public collections, and even in the collections of the royal family in Qatar.
She has been painting, writing, and publishing continuously for over a dozen years. Her interests include art, of course, but also design, business, and personal development. When Kamila works, she is 100% committed and requires silence, and concentration, which is provided by her own studio. Currently, Kamila Krzyzaniak divides her time between artistic work and activities for the “Luxury Splash of Art” magazine and many other activities, the results of which we will see soon.
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All imagery courtesy of Kamila K Art / Kamila Krzyzaniak.