Biography of Alina Witwitzka
”The colourful paintings of sometimes happily dancing, sometimes melancholically entwined lovers, are based in the traditional dichotomies of male/female, spiritual/physical and makes one think of both Marc Chagall’s ethereal compositions and of Henri Matisse’s plump bodies.”
Sinziana Ravini, GP 2007
Alina words about her paintings:
”I have been working as a professional artist since 1985. When I am in the process of creativity only the present moment exists and as soon as I paint I forget that I do this for a living. All I experience is unity.
Wise men say that creativity is a way of reaching the deepest core of human beings. For me, the encounter with the canvas is a journey into the unknown with the result of a concrete image of colour, composition and structure. I consider myself fortunate to have this as my daily experience and practice. I often find myself being surprised and marvelling about the results of this journey, fascinated by the characters that appeared on the canvas and are now looking back at me. They have a message for me and they embrace me in their warmth. This gives me support.”
My way of creating work is intuitive, when I stand in front of the canvas I “see” the image there and the only thing I do is bring it into light, life and two-dimensional reality. Thanks to studying Vedic Art in 2010 I discovered the playfulness in the world of textures. By adding a thin layer of texture-paint with a palette knife, I am able to reach a new dimension in my work that allows for a richer expression. It is an arduous journey but also more pleasurable and it requires patience, silence and concentration. I am immensely grateful for the happiness and fulfilment I experience when I paint, and perhaps this is why my work is expressing so much joy, colour and intensity.
Alina’s experience of different work that evokes unity.
With an MA in the Polish Language from the University of Schlesia in Poland, she brought her interest for languages to Konstfackskolan in Stockholm, Sweden and combined it with creativity and the fine art of painting.
Alina’s background as a journalist in Poland was combined with the interest of personal development and personal growth. Amongst other methods and practices she has studied Psychosynthesis, Cranio Sacral work with the Tranbergs brothers, healing with Matthew Manning, Light Body work with Helena Montelius, courses with the Sandy Levy, Psychodrama and Zen meditation with Roshi Philippe Kapleau in the US. Her commitment to the Zen meditation path led her to found the Zen Centre in Stockholm in 1981. Alina is a certified Silva Mind Control practitioner and Vedic Art Teacher. She is currently studying Bioenergihealing in Poland: Association of Spiritual Healers (www.popko.pl).
Since 1994 Alina is working therapeutically with people a history of burn out, incest and depression.
In 2003 Alina set up CREARE – Living creativity Centre, a forum for combining personal development with creativity. CREARE is a meeting place for those interested in discovering and developing their creative capacity and doing this on their terms. CREARE offers courses in painting with the method of Vedic Art, intuitive painting, painting with acrylics, water based oil paint, tempera etc for both adults and children.
CREARE also functions as an exhibition space (including rental of gallery space for guest artists) and offers an option for events for private groups and businesses. The venue also provides a meeting space for groups that meet with a purposes of healing and for more general talks, studio space etc.
Her world of symbols is created by Alina Witwitzka’s use of relationships, attitudes and insinuations. Male and female are occupied with their longing for one another. Do they meet? Simultaneously, patterns both simple and sophisticated make their appearance on the canvas. The colours shimmer. In these pictures we find life, warmth and light. Gaze at them, and let yourself fill with hope.
Centre for Cultural Studies,
”Alina Witwitzka regards the unblemished underlay of her paintings with total absorption. She fixes on the surface and in it sees suggestions of forms. Then her hard pencil follows the lines of those forms, and with attractive boldness she applies her carbon.”
Peter Lindkvist, Göteborgs-Posten, 1999
”The colourful work of this Polish-born artist, who now lives in Göteborg, spreads joy, harmony and sensualism … She paints in acrylics on canvas and paper, using a renaissance technique that is based on glazed layers laid on top of one another. Over the past three years Alina Witwitzka has worked with male and female, man and woman as her motif. In the last of paintings exhibited here they marry. She hopes to follow them still further along their path.”
Skaraborgs Läns Allehanda, 2000
”… On the one hand we see the intimacy we associate with Dardel. On the other we see the more stylized type of drawing that was often to be found on the sheet music of countless waltzes about seamen, such as those of Evert Taube. Not infrequently the style is astonishingly bold … Alina Witwitzka’s pictures, at first glance so similar, on closer inspection reveal intricate changes of mood and a kind of pictorial cryptography in which shades of colour, bearing, hands, eyes become as readable as though they were a language. An angular blue (male) bird often plays a special role here as a symbol of freedom. Sometimes a cat does too, while a dog is more likely to symbolize dependence. The eyes, reflectors of the soul, often force their way outside the contours of the head, while the hands reveal fear or submissiveness.”
Rolf Haglund, Borås Tidning, 2001
”Here we see interplay, flirtatiousness, harmony. Following her exhibitions in France, Alina Witwitzka has developed a sense of sensual intensity. The strong colours she uses remind us of Picasso, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin.”
Louise Clausen, Skövde Nyheter, 2000
Education and training:
- 1969 -1974 University of Katowice, M.A. in Polish Language and Literature
- 1979 Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
- 1980 Idun Lovén Art School, Stockholm
- 1981-1985 School of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm
- 1985 Stockholm, Royal Dramatic Theatre, theatre posters
- 1990 Stockholm, Djurgården Church, oils on canvas
- 1994 Stockholm, Kilen, oils on canvas
- 1997 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus, tempera, acrylics
- 1998 Paris, Galerie Perspectives, tempera, acrylics
- 1999 Göteborg, A Gallery AB, acrylics
- 2000 Tibro, Galleri S, acrylics
- 2001 Borås, Municipal Art Gallery, acrylics
- 2002 Göteborg, A Gallery AB, acrylics
- 2003 Marstrand, Galleri Mareld
- 2003 Stockholm, Galleri Terseaus
- 2004 Motala, Konstgalleri Vättern
- 2004 Marstrand, Galleri da Mattéo
- 2005 Göteborg creare, - 20 years jubilee
- 2005 Skärhamn, Galleri Volund
- 2006 Skärhamn, Galleri Volund
- 2007 Smögenbryggan, Galleri Smögenön
- 2007 Partille Slott/Partille Konstförening
- 2008 Smögenbryggan, Galleri Smögenön
- 2009 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus
- 2009 Båstad, Galleri Creare
- 2010 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch
- 2010 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2011 Halmstad, Albany International
- 2011 Göteborg - Härlanda, the cultural centre "Kåken"
- 2011 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2012 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE acryl
- 2012 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus
- 2012 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2013 Polen, Busko Zdroj, Galleri Manufaktura
- 2013 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2014 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2015 Smögenbryggan Galleri Maralto
- 2016 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 1982 Paris, Galerie Poisson d'Or, graphics
- 1983 Barcelona, Taller Galeria Fort, graphics
- 1984 Bologna, Children's Book Fair, book illustrations
- 1991 Stockholm, Polish Institute, oils on canvas
- 1992 Stockholm, Fine Arts Society, oils on canvas, tempera, acrylics
- 1993 Stockholm, Fine Arts Society, enamels on metal, oils on canvas
- 1998 Göteborg, Municipal Art Gallery, tempera
- 1999 Marstrand, acrylics
- 2000 Marstrand, Town Hall, acrylics
- 2001 Tibro, Galleri S, acrylics
- 2001 Göteborg, Gallery Ohdenkrantz & Koonce, acrylics
- 2001 Borås, Municipal Art Gallery, acrylics
- 2001 Drammen, Gallery Oddvar Olsen, acrylics
- 2002 Strömstad, Gallery Diana
- 2004 Motala, Art gallery Vättern
- 2002-05 Norway, Drammen, Gallery Oddvar Olsen, acrylics
- 2005 Gallery da Mattéo, Marstrand
- 2013 Smögenbryggan Galleri Maralto
Alina’s way of creative expression is mainly through symbols in paintings on paper, canvas, glass, porcelain and silk. She also uses drawings (ink / washes), sculpture in metal sheeting, photography, film (documentary), prose (eg, stories) and poetry.
Alina was born in Krakow, Poland, but has lived in Sweden since 1976 – over 20 years in Stockholm and now in Gothenburg. Alina is the mother of two daughters.