Poland    Barbara Palka Winek    

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1.COSMIC FLOWER 3, 2018 own tehnique oil on canvas 100x80 cm.

2. INFINITY, 2017 own tehnique oil on canvas  140x200 cm.

3. INFINITY II, 2017 own tehnique oil on canvas 140x140 cm.

4. LUX QUAM UMBRA, 2016 own tehnique oil on canvas 150x100 cm

5. MEMBRANE 17, 2017 own tehnique oil on canvas 100x100 cm.

6. MEMBRANE 21, 2016 own tehnique oil on canvas 140x140 cm.

7. MEMBRANE ALPHA, 2016 own tehnique oil on canvas 140x140 cm.


8. MEMBRANE IOTA, 2016 own tehnique oil on canvas 140x140 cm.

9. PHOTONS ALFA, 2017 own tehnique oil on canvas 80x80 cm.

10. PHOTONS DELTA, 2017 oil and own technique 80x80 cm.

11. PHOTONS VI, 2016 own tehnique oil on canvas 140x100 cm.

12. SPACE WOMAN, 2018 oil and own technique on Plexiglas 140x100 cm.

















1985 participation in the collective exhibitions in Koeln and Nurnberg.
1988 Dell Bello Gallery, Toronto Internalional Exhibition of miniature Art
1988 Galerie Nawrocki, Dortmund individual exhibition
1989 Mirage Gallery, Cracow individual exhibition
1990 Fondazione Sinaide Ghi, Rome International Exhibition of Water Paintings
1991 "Transcendence". Katowice, Biennial of the Sacral Art
1992 Fondazione Sinaide Ghi, Rome International Exhibition of Water Paintings
1992 Palace of Art. Cracow Grand Salon of Painting
1993 "Ecce Homo", Katowice, IV Biennial of the Sacral Art
1993 IV Triennale of Water Paintings. Lublin
1994 Fairs of the Modern Art. Opole
1994 Palace of Art. Cracow, The Spring Salon of Art., ZPAP
1994 II Triennial of Fine Arts . "Sacrum" Czstochowa
1995 Polnische Kulturtage in Hilden
1995 "Ars Pro Natura" Stutlgart
1996 Palace of Art, Cracow, The Spring Salon of Painting, ZPAP
1996 Auction of Contemporary Polish Paintings, New York
1997 Palace of Art, Cracow, The Autumn Salon of Painting, ZPAP
1999 "Piano Nobile" Gallery, Cracow individual exhibition
2000 "Fra Angelico" Gallery, Katowice individual exhibition
2000 "Format" Gallery, Cracow, "Colour pulse of the picture" Cracow 2000
2000 Krakauer Turm Galerie, Nurnberg
2000 Dramatic Theater, Hellbronnie "The Polisch Culture Days"
2000 Goethe Institute, Frankfurt, "Frankfurt 2000 Poland 2000"
2002 Googrski Gallery, Cracow "Ars Erotica"
2002 Igliska Gallery, Cracow "Screens - Ilumination" individual exhibition
2004 Googrski Gallery, Cracow "Act"
2005 Googrski Gallery, Cracow "Tango"
2005 Polisch Museum, Rapperswil "Persons of my word"
2005 SD Gallery, Warsaw
2005 Googrski Gallery, Cracow "Obsession"


Barbara Palka Winek
Studied in the Department of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, in ateliers
of the Professors: Szancenbach, Brzozowski and Buczek. She graduated in 1983.
She lives and works in Cracow, Poland.

The direction of the creative explorations of Barbara Palka winek is determined by a combination of the self painting pronounced form of its plane. Having dealt with the figurative painting for quite a long time, the painter left however a free margin for the interpretation of her works. It has been a kind of self-protection against the easy trivialization of the painting form.

The art of Barbara Paka - Winek has many meanings. Her painting is a compromise between the illustrative art and the abstraction. The result of this compromise is the series of paintings, called ,,The Screens" by the author.
The present analysis is an attempt to find a broader philosophical context for ,,The Screens". The brightness of the painting matter, achieved by using the method of glazing is unexpectedly composed with the impenetrable planes of ,,likely figures".

The picture becomes a discourse between the visible - named and impenetrable - mysterious, but also very capacious. This, what seems to us to be impenetrable is most often beyond our awareness. The esteem for The Mystery has already disappeared in our culture. We do not even try to imagine the existence of the Reality beyond the dimension of usefulness. Our consumptive civilization denies the ,,pure spirits", existing for their own beauty and light only. As useless is rejected everything, which belongs to the intimate, emotional sphere. There are the matters existing behind ,,the screen" usually, intimate, difficult to manifest, but still - real. They relate both to the divine and human affairs and have a common point, defined as a ,,Sacrum" sphere.

Therefore the invisible, but after all real - gave a complete explanation to all what was material and permanently variable, including the final physical deterioration. The screen made possible a reasonable intellectual interpretation of the visible world.

,,Screens" may also, as the author says ,,serve the spiritual liberation", by crossing behind the matter, into the glassy, transparent sphere. The latter is a transfer into another dimension, difficult to achieve by painting. The luminescence, evanescence of the picture is an important formal problem of the Artist's painting. It is strongly opposite to the colored spot, materialized by the shapes of an object or a person.

The strong contrasts between red and black have a definite meaning value for the Artist. There is no abstraction. There is a play in the highest tones, engaging the man emotionally: the lovely silhouettes are accompanied by materialised emotions. They are moving more towards the light or towards the all - absorbing black. The red is however in the centre of the basic elements of her painting, meaning the same, but painfully divided reality of the Matter and the Spirit. The Artist likes the red. Her earlier pictures were also marked with red. When one is standing between the light and the darkness, the life and the death, when the darkness is called the light and the life is a screen of the death - it is difficult not to play in the highest tones. Therefore there is so much of the red, which as an active colour must engage also the watchers.

The Artist's painting begins with emotions. They create the form and the climate of the painting. It is the painting from the interior of the man, as the ,,extraction of a nerve". Therefore her ,,Screens" do not screen everything tightly and successfully. Sometimes the intimate sphere of the picture opens as the suddenly torn curtain, behind which something giving the understanding becomes visible.