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Ismena Halkiewicz


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b. 1966

Painting, Graphics

Ismena Halkiewicz was born in Poland and began studying art in elementary school, after which she attended an art middle school, specializing in interior decoration. She continued at the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow, studying painting under Professors Juliusz Joniak, Lucjan Zabkowski and Jan Szancenbach. Upon being named “Primus Inter Pares” at Krakow in 1991, she was awarded a scholarship to finish her studies at the Art Academy of Nuremberg. After graduating, she worked in cooperation with the Jacek Stawski in Brussels and Marian Gologorski Gallery in Krakow. She arrived in New York in 1999, and worked with the Andre Zarre Gallery there.

Ismena Halkiewicz is an accomplished fine artist, with an extensive history of exhibitions, mural work, and interior restoration. She has exhibited her work in five countries in Europe, Canada and the United States; she has shown her work in fine art galleries, universities and public buildings such as restaurants and performing arts organizations, government buildings, art festivals, etc. Her work is retained in universities, private collections and with foreign consulate buildings around the world. She has completed approximately 60 murals in buildings both public and private, including a variety of styles and techniques from renaissance to super-realism. She also paints realistic and stylized portraits. The materials she uses include oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media.

Solo exhibits of her work include the International Book and Press Club, Bielsko-Biala, Poland; Gallery Gole Niebo, Krakow; Town Hall Art Gallery, Larnaka, Cyprus; the Consulate General of Poland, New York; and the Kurier Plus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Skulski Gallery, Clark, NJ; Art Space Fireplace, Brooklyn, NY; and the Bronxville Women’s Club, Bronxville, NY. Group shows include Spring Salon of Art, Palace of Art, Krakow; the Nuremberg-Krakow Exchange, Norisch Halle, Nuremberg; the International Chopin and Friends Festival, New York; the Art for Healing Gallery Center, New York; the MAK Art Gallery, New York; the Madison Square Garden Short Film Festival; and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, New York.


“… the act of creating, be it a poem or a painting, is a form of confession. If one wants to tell the truth about oneself, although it may be painful, one must overcome self-consciousness to expose the innermost self, for that is the price authenticity demands. I am an artist and was born to paint.”

Honey
Self, Blue
Apple
Erotic Flower

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