Joanna Pilarczyk Radecka is a Polish contemporary artist who currently resides in London, England. She studied for a master’s degree in Visual Art Education at the University of Zielona Gora, Poland, and has been painting her figurative portraits and city scenes ever since.
Inspired by those around her
Pilarczyk finds that other human beings are the most fascinating subject for her work, and she often paints those who are close to her as well as people she encounters in daily life. Her goal is to capture these moments and encounters, showing the individuality of those she meets; the resulting paintings reflect her inner dialogue with the subject. Pilarczyk is inspired by artists such as Gauguin, Lucien Freud and Frida Kahlo who give a voice to human fragility and strength.
Pilarczyk’s portraits are characterised by their use of bold and contrasting colours, which allows her to create an emotive atmosphere. She paints in a gestural style, working in a variety of media: ink, acrylic, watercolour and digital illustration. Her aim is not only to create visually interesting paintings, but to offer a truthful representation of her subject that captures their inner self.
Pilarczyk has exhibited widely in her native Poland, and since moving to the UK has continued to show her work, at venues such as the Candid Arts Trust and Autonomous Gallery. Her work features in numerous private collections.