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Mirosława Smerek-Bielecka

„The poetics of Mirosława Smerek-Bielecka’s paintings inspire to memories. In the earlier periods of her work, she captured “much in a simple form, closing her” stories “in trunks, suitcases and handbags. Characteristic in her painting are series of, among others Suitcases, Handbags, Screens. In her newer paintings she presents genre and figural scenes in a simplified landscape. In her painting, she refers to the layers of human memory, imagination and deeply entrenched archetypes.”

A graduate of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She received her diploma in 1979. She lives and works in Olsztyn. She represented the Olsztyn community many times at national and international exhibitions, including participation in the Autumn Salon in Paris in 2001. She received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and Art in 1984 and the Olsztyn City Council. She has the badge of Meritorious Cultural Activist of Warmia and Mazury and the Silver Cross of Merit received in 2009. In 2014, she received a distinction and award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – Meritorious for Polish Culture.

Author of over 40 individual and several dozen collective exhibitions. She also organized workshops, open-air workshops and art camps in Poland and abroad. Works in museum collections, Museum of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Bureau of Art Exhibitions in Olsztyn, Ministry of Culture and Art in Warsaw, Royal Theater in Plymouth in England, City Hall in Olsztyn, City Hall of Gelsenkirchen, -Germany, City Hall of Dębno, Gorzów Wlkp . and in the collections of the Vatican.