photo by Jennifer West Photography.
Born in Warsaw, 1984, currently based in London, quite often in Tokyo. Painter, author, illustrator and doll maker. Graduated Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (2007). Wisniewska- Michalak cooperated with various magazines as illustrator and writer- in Poland (A4, Ro-style, Kawaii,) China (Neew Mag) and USA (The Bacon.) Doll clothes designer for Doll Heart company in Korea and illustrator for Polish clothes brand Lady Sloth. For many years, doll collector and designer, produced a line of bespoke dolls Marti Presents Dolls.
from the artist
My art is usually described as unsettling and scary, even though in my own eyes I paint beautiful things.
I like to map my canvas with quick sketch to capture ideas and proportions first and then add color gradually, changing it many times during my process. My way of seeing world is affected by my anxious state of mind, fears and worries. In effect, my paintings are usually auto portraits of my mental health issues. I find inspirations in Victorian art of Memento Mori, history of beauty and anatomy theaters, deformations of human body, finding beauty in imperfection and ugliness. I love Japanese art of wearing Kimono, history of fashion, antique dolls, tattoos and taxidermy. Every painting is a diary of current moods and fascinations.