Artists of the Gallery Art: Katarzyna Castellini
Born in 1974 in Warsaw. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduated in 2001 under tutorage of Prof Krzysztof Wachowiak. She has lived in Italy since 2000.
Her work reflects the fascination of a Northerner with the South. The favourite subjects of her paintings are Venetian carnival, Greek peasant women and black women with children. Mediterranean customs are portrayed with a cold distance. Painted hard, ruthlessly with a distinctive outline and a smooth contrasting background. Instead of Southern joy of life there is the rigidity of the North, instead of lightness – weight and sturdiness. The Mediterranean world has stopped and thickened in Castellini’s paintings.