Anna Maria Karolak / CV

2000 / Present – “Karolak Art” – this website
The activity as an independent specialist: painter, illustrator, graphic designer, art teacher
The fine arts: painting, artistic illustration, drawing, artistic logo design and more. Traditional techniques in painting (oil painting and egg tempera painting on panel with gilding) and digital painting. Also: I prepare candidates for drawing and painting exams for the Academy of Fine Arts and for artistic secondary schools – more…

2010 / Present – “Karolak Project” – https://karolak-project.waw.pl/
The activity as an independent specialist: graphic designer and web desginer
Website design, specialization: implementation of WordPress websites. Optimization and positioning of websites (SEO), website administration. Full range graphic and web design.

2006 / Present – “Diplomas Lux”, Warsaw – https://www.dyplomy-lux.pl/
The activity as an independent specialist: graphic designer and manufacturer of advertising items
Design and production of elegant advertising and commemorative items with imprints on metals such as: diplomas, certificates, metal badges, wooden desk name plates and more.

Projects

My Clients
So far, I have professionally cooperated with, among others, the following companies and organizations, often it has been a long-term cooperation: Instytut Matematyczny Polskiej Akademii Nauk [ Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences ], Agencja Rozwoju Innowacji SA (EU subsidies), QS Zurich Sp.o.o. (certification, EU projects), Urząd Dozoru Technicznego UDT CERT – Oddział w Warszawie [ The Office of Technical Inspection UDT CERT – Branch in Warsaw ] (certification), ZETOM-CERT Sp. z o.o. (certification), Fundacja Republikańska [ Republican Foundation ], FEWE – Fundacja na Rzecz Efektywnego Wykorzystania Energii [ The Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) ], Polsko-Białoruska Izba Handlowo Przemysłowa [ Polish-Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ], ChemSpin Sp. z o.o. – Instytut Chemii Przemysłowej w Warszawie [ ChemSpin Sp. z o.o. – Industrial Chemistry Research Institute in Warsaw ], Steinbacher Izoterm Sp. z o.o. [ Steinbacher Poland ], Walcownia Rur Silesia SA, Zakłady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma [ Polpharma SA Pharmaceutical Works], PEX PharmaSequence Sp. z o. o., Międzyleski Szpital Specjalistyczny w Warszawie [ Międzylesie Specialist Hospital in Warsaw ], Centrum Medyczne Kształcenia Podyplomowego w Warszawie [ Centre of Postgraduate Medical Education in Warsaw ], Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze Nr 2 SA [ Military Aviation Works No. 2 ], Spółdzielnia Mieszkaniowa “Oświata – Ochota” w Warszawie [ Housing Association “Oświata – Ochota” in Warsaw ], INSANTO Event & Marketing Sp.j., PBS Connect Polska, TOYOTA Radość Sp. j. and others.

2019 – Artistic cooperation with the Foundation Spontaneous Artistic and Practical Workshops “VARSZTATOVNIA”
Conducting artistic integration events for the company.

2016 – „Remerciements – Les Illustrateurs de Baudelaire” / Ivan Bernier / L`Université Laval in Québec
The book titled „Remerciements – Les Illustrateurs de Baudelaire” by professor Ivan Bernier from L`Université Laval in Québec. The book presents the best world illustrators of the works of Charles Baudelaire. I am an illustrator of Baudelaire’s poetry. My work has been highlighted in this book.
More at: the “Spleen II” cycle and the “Spleen I” cycle
This book on-line is here: http://www.baudelaire-illustrateurs.ca/remerciements/
My illustration in this book: http://www.baudelaire-illustrateurs.ca/illustration/spleen-v-lxvi/

2010 – the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin in Poland
My poster entitled “Frédéric Chopin. Music of my soul” advertised a series of celebrations entitled “ Frederic in Pabianice”, i.e. the Celebrations of the Chopin Year 2010 in Pabianice (Poland), under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Pabianice, organized by the 1st and 2nd degree State Music School in Pabianice. My poster was printed, among others, in this anniversary publication of the city of Pabianice.

2009 – “The Mirror of Life” / “Book of Art” from the “Themes from Szewska” / Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Wroclaw in Poland
My illustration entitled „Zwierciadło życia” [ “The Mirror of Life” ] was the work opening the “Book of Art” in issue 1 (3) 2009 of the limited edition of the quarterly “Themes from Szewska” published by the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Wroclaw (Poland). The “Book of Art” was a beautiful, extensive portfolio of works by Polish artists who made works with the theme of the ‘mirror’ in various interpretations of the word / concept. In my illustration, I interpreted the subject of the “mirror” in a metaphysical way.
See this work…

1998 / 2006 – Artistic cooperation with Polish TV: TV Polsat, TV Centrum and TV Onet.pl
Presentation of my art on TV – interviews in the programs “Kruchta Kulturalna”, “Hit-Kit”, also drawing in front of the cameras on a vision. Multiple participation in the cyclical program “Portrait on request” on Polsat television, when I portrayed famous people from the world of Polish culture.

06.2005 – The „Manhattan Fashion Show” in Manhattan Design Club Party
I performed as a special guest with an individual painting exhibition at the “Manhattan Fashion Show” (fashion and fine arts show) in the “Manhattan Design Club Party” at 11 Zgoda Street in Warsaw. This club no longer exists. The event was organized under the honorary patronage of The International Women’s Forum. Media patrons of the event: GALA, onet.pl., ELITY, Damskie.pl. Event partners: Bata, Clarins Paris, SAPU – Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design.

2003 / 2004 – Artistic cooperation with the Foundation for Documentation on Polish National Culture Heritage
Participation in the series of exhibitions of painting and graphics in southern France, Italy and Spain, organized by the Foundation for Documentation on Polish National Culture Heritage.

2003 / 2004 – Artistic cooperation with The International Women’s Forum
The International Women’s Forum, based at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), took patronage over my art as part of the promotion of the art of young artists. The culmination of these activities was the exhibition of my works at the “InterContinental” hotel in Warsaw in 2004.

2003 – „POLKON 2003”
Participation in the exhibition of fantasy art „POLKON 2003” held in Elbląg (Poland).

2001 / 2002 – “Apollon” Art Gallery
Collaboration with the “Apollon” Art Gallery in Warsaw. Sale of my oil paintings to private art collections in England and France.

2001 – The „Open door” exhibition / ZPAP / Warsaw
Participation in the painting exhibition entitled „Open door”, organized by the Warsaw District of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers (ZPAP). A beautiful catalog of the works presented at the exhibition has been published.

Awards

06.2020 – my illustration entitled “Thanatos – Prelude VII/I” received a distinction in a Polish mythological graphic competition entitled “Lords of the Night and Dreams”, organized by the Szuflada.net – cultural and literary magazine of the “SZUFLADA” Artistic Foundation.
See the series of works “Thanatos”…

2019 / 2020 – my three bookplates were presented at the exhibition “International Review of Digital Bookplates Ex DIGITALIS Salon 2019” organized by the Centre Of Contemporary Art (CCA) in Toruń (Poland). My bookplates were made for the “27th Wrocław Good Book Fair” in 2018. The exhibition of works at the CCA lasted until 02/02/2020. A beautiful catalog of works presented at the exhibition has been published.
See more…

07.2018 – my illustration entitled “One day in the life of a freelance artist” received a distinction in the graphics competition entitled “One day in the life of a freelancer” organized by PayPal Poland.
See works from this series…

01.2017 – „Web Guru Awards, The Winner” for this website: www.karolak-art.com – MORE…
An award in an international competition in the field of web design, awarded to my project of my website presenting my art “The Art of Anna Maria Karolak – https://www.karolak-art.com/”. See more…

2009 / 2010 – “2010 – the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frédéric Chopin”.
My poster entitled “Frédéric Chopin. The Music of my soul” was in the final group of the best Polish posters in the graphics competition titled “Frédéric Chopin”, organized by the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Poster Museum a Wilanów (Warsaw). In June 2009 this poster was presented at the “WARSAW FASION STREET 2009” exhibition. This edition of the annual event was inspired by the works of Frédéric Chopin.

In 1995 my work entitled “A doll and her house” won a special award in a national competition in the field of designing toys for children. The competition was organized by the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw and the Museum of Toys and Play in Kielce (Poland), under the patronage of the Minister of National Education. My doll is an artistic work, made only in one copy. The doll was presented at two post-competition exhibitions: at the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw (1995), and then at the Museum of Toys and Play in Kielce (1996). From 2019 this work is on show at the permanent exhibition at the Toy Museum in Kudowa-Zdrój (Poland). See this work…

Certificates

2017 – “Certificate From Web Guru Awards For The Art Of Anna Maria Karolak” awarded for my website project presenting my art: https://www.karolak-art.com/. Certificate issue date 01/2017, license No. 27012017. Receiving the certificate was the result of winning an award in the international competition “Web Guru Awards” in the field of website design. The award was won by my website project “The Art of Anna Maria Karolak – https://www.karolak-art.com/”.

Other publications

2015 – „Unstvarjalno eksperimentiranje z likovnimi materiali pri likovnem pouku” [ “Creative experimentation with visual materials in art classes” ] by Karin Bajc from the University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Education (Slovenia).

2011 – „Mechaniczne zwierzęta i ludzkie cyborgi w sztuce na wybranych przykładach” [ “Mechanical animals and human cyborgs in art on selected examples” ] by Joanna Korczyńska from the Jan Kochanowski University of Humanities and Sciences in Kielce (Poland).

03-04.2010 – “Eurostudent Magazyn Akademicki” [ “Eurostudent Academic Magazine” ] – a monographic article about my art.

04.2004 – Kwartalnik “Top Class – Pismo dla miłośników rzeczy pięknych i luksusowych” [ “Top Class – quarterly magazine for lovers of beautiful and luxurious things” ] – a lang monographic article about my art.

1997 – Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw 1947 – 1997” – book, jubilee edition.

Education

1993 / 2000 – Studies at Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Academy of Fine Arts) [AFA] in Warsaw, Faculty pf Graphic Arts.

1994 / 1995 – Studies at the Department of Easel Painting Techniques at the Faculty of Painting at the AFA in Warsaw.

1995 / 1999 – Studies at the Department of Easel Painting Techniques at the Faculty of Preservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the AFA in Warsaw.

2000 – Studies at the DepartmDegree at the Faculty pf Graphic Arts in graphical designing at the Department of Book Illustration, tutor: professor Janusz Stanny;
Annex to the degree at the Department of Easel Painting Techniques, under the tuition of professor Jerzy Nowosielski and professor Aleksandra Krupska, at the Faculty of Preservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the AFA in Warsaw.ent of Easel Painting Techniques at the Faculty of Preservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the AFA in Warsaw.

Skills

  • Oil painting on canvas and board
  • Egg tempera painting with gilding /15th century/
  • Pencil and marker drawings, including anatomical drawing and sketches
  • Artistic illustrations ( preferred style: dark art, onirism art, metaphysical art, surrealism )
  • Satirical drawing ( preferred technique: minimalism, black and white, line )
  • Workshop graphics ( drypoint, linocut, etching, lithography )
  • Teaching drawing and painting – individual preparation for exams at the Academy of Fine Arts and high schools with an artistic profile
  • Knowledge of art history and contemporary art ( mainly painting )
  • Knowledge of copyright law, drafting license agreements
  • Knowledge of the auction market (art)
  • Graphic designs ( logo designs, banner designs, photo retouching and more )
  • Artistic logo designs
  • Sublimation printing techniques
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • HTML/CSS
  • WordPress
  • Optimization and positioning of websites (SEO)
  • Websites administration

Interests

New technologies, graphic design, WordPress, early art, contemporary art (primarily painting), art auctions, literature, science (mainly astronomy, cosmology and Earth sciences), SF (literature and film), music (classical electronic music – Klaus Schulze, Jarre and others), classical music, opera, heavy metal, gym.

Final note

The artistic portfolio presented on this website is a selection of my best works. I have omitted from the presentation those works that break with the current convention for my art adopted by me. I rejected from the presentation, among others most of the previous oil paintings, I will only present the newest ones.

Since 2019, I have been creating a new series of oil paintings whose style is epic minimalism and `symbolic art` combined with the theme of Slavic mythology. I paint these pictures using the painting techniques of old masters. I am currently finishing painting the first one.