Maria Kiesner WARSZAWA (PL)
Kontakt: kiesner[at]



Maria Kiesner makes paintings of city industrial landscapes of the former political era. She paints residential areas with big blocks of flats, sports centres, factories, schools, bridges, fountains, supermarkets, and buildings of public use that bear traces of soc-modern style. At the beginning, Kiesner recorded the landscapes as a joke. Now, she makes portraits of architectural symbols of XX century (60-ties – 80-ties): buildings of the Polish Association of Tourism and Hiking (PTTK), ancient-regime exhibition and concert halls, cultural centres, stadiums, or railway stations in a nostalgic manner telling the audience of herself and her youth. Simple and geometricized buildings are placed by the artist in romantic scenery soaked in drama and tension, as if caught before the storm. Dark clouds cover two thirds of the painting. Lowered horizon, and mock-up buildings in the lower part of the composition resemble views from the XVII century paintings by Dutch masters. Strong light emphasizes the geometry of the building, the sky is grey, and the building is lit. Kiesner introduces a specific game of solids in the light by referring them to the basic principles of modernism as concerns both space and colour. She sets together on one surface of the painting seemingly contradictory tendencies, that is landscape picturesqueness with synthetically approached architecture. Similiarly to Le Corbusier she avoids the colour as it is a factor which disorganizes and breaks the solid. Kiesner uses dirty and subdued colours: grey, blue and its shades, ochres, yellow and its shades, range of colours similar to old photos from the literature of the sixties and the seventies from the previous century, or postcards which form a frequent inspiration for the artist. The postcards have a refined chiaroscuro and the atmosphere of those times which are spared a nostalgic thought as the times of the artist's childhood as well as the times of many absurdities. Architecture of the previous years is closest to Kiesner's heart, however, she is also emotionally involved in painting modern skyscrapers (just to mention her diploma devoted to the city of New York, the place that inspired her to paint views). It is an interesting solid lit in an unusual way that comes into focus not the exact period of time. Kiesner creates pictures that are seemingly banal and ugly, yet they are very tasteful and exquisite as she purifies the composition. Her minimalistic pictures depict buildings of clear forms and interiors without human beings, the interiors that perfectly tell a story of human's fate. In the works by Maria Kiesner utopian architecture of the former epoch is „marked” with her individuality, it is enlivened in a new context. As it evokes nostalgic feelings, this architecture lives longer not only through paintings but also in our memory.

urodzona w Warszawie. Studiowała malarstwo w Akademii sztuk Pięknych w latach 1998-2000 w Goscinnej Pracowni Leona Tarasewicza, Dyplom obroniła w 2002 pod kierunkiem Jarosława Modzelewskiego. Aneks z plakatu w pracowni Mieczysława Wasilewskiego. Pracę teoretyczną napisała pod kierunkiem Agnieszki Morawińskiej, która dotyczyła prac In edita Andrzeja Wróblewskiego. Pracuje przy ulicy 11 Listopada na warszawskiej Pradze. Zajmuje się malarstwem. Obrazy artystki mozna obejrzeć w Galerii Milano, Galerii Art oraz w Latajacej Galerii.

Wystawy indywidualne:

2006 Szare niebo, Galeria promocyjna, Warszawa (katalog)
2006 Mosty,Dom Kultury Zacisze,Warszawa (katalog)
2006 Francuska Izba Przemysłowo-Handlowa w Polsce,Warszawa
2006 Trzy Kolory, Pracownia 3, Warszawa
2006 Wystawa w Latającej galerii,Warszawa
2005 Nudne pocztówki, Galeria Nizio, Warszawa
2005 Walking Art Tour 2005, Centrum Olimpijskie, Warszawa (katalog)
2005 Widokówki, wystawa w ramach festiwalu Warszawa Singera (katalog)
2005 Weduty, galeria Art., Warszawa (katalog)
2004 Pocztówki, Instytut Polski, Sofia, Bułgaria (zestaw pocztówek)
2003 Stalowa, Galeria Zakręt, Warszawa (katalog)
2003 Bal galeria, Warszawa
2001 Dzielnicowe centrum Promocji Kultury Praga-Północ, Warszawa
2001 Środowiskowy Klub "Eufemia " ASP, Warszawa
1996 Teatr Ochota, Warszawa
1996 Miejski Ośrodek Kultury, Legionowo