About me


My name is Nadia Kotkowska. I am a graduate of Printmaking and Easel Painting at the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland.

I graduated from two faculties of the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts (now the University of Fine Arts): in 2008 in the field of Printmaking, and in 2010 in Easel Painting. Out of these two disciplines, Easel Painting has become the target territory for my creative work.

The subject I explore most is portrait. Particularly, the female potrait, because the environment in which I exist and create in is heavily feminized, which inevitably influences the choice of models.

Another subject of my exploration is landscape, most often depicting places visited during my travels, or those with which I feel emotionally connected, such as my hometown of Poznań, or the area of ​​Darłowo on the Baltic coast.

In recent years, a different kind of vision translated into painting matter has emerged from the above-mentioned subjects – a fantastic composition, often referring to Slavonic mythology or literature. Landscapes become the backdrop for the stories they create.

The techniques I use are acrylic or oil on canvas, less oil on board or fibreboard. Work on every new piece of art is inaugurated with the almost rudimentary use of Van Dyke Brown underpaint. The characteristic feature is the carbon lines of the first sketch, piercing from underneath the layers of paint, often fluid and loose, giving the world a specific space.

Since 2010, I have been working on my own artistic activity, which resulted in two individual exhibitions in 2016. I devoted 2014 and 2015 mainly to the artistic action focused on the random distribution of miniature portraits through geocaching. It was a non-profit activity, inextricably linked to running my blog. (www.blogmalarki.blogspot.com.)

manifesto 1

An artist is a combination of a dreamer and a craftsman. Lack of a good workshop excludes the possibility of projecting dreams and inner visions onto the recipient.


I am active in the field of old art forms. The art of new media created by other artists can provoke me to a dialogue, but the answer will be articulated through traditional means of expression.

I consider the first concept the best and most legible in the creation process. I stick to it.

I recognize the existence of inspiration – it can also be called intuition or inner voice. I start working with the framework of a composition, but I take into consideration the possibility of a complete metamorphosis of the resulting vision. I adhere to the principle that what is important will come to the front while painting.

I have no need to comment on current events in the world. I stay in an inner space where digestion of reality takes place slowly. In my work there may, but not necessarily, be references to autobiographical events. I am picking up the splinters of the modern world and transforming them on the canvas into a form corresponding to my experiences.

An artist is a combination of a dreamer and a craftsman. Lack of a good workshop excludes the possibility of projecting dreams and inner visions onto the recipient.

The recipient of my art is a human being who would like to see my work on the wall of his home.

Geocaching is my way of reaching out to people who are not in touch with art. Pictures created for this purpose should be micro and aesthetic so that the person who has not yet had the need to possess a work of art (or money to fulfil such a desire) would want to keep the object painted.