Kasia Dzikowska is an Abu Dhabi-based artist. Born in Poland, she earned her MFA in fine arts at UTH Radom in 2007. In 2013, Kasia moved to the Middle East, where she currently resides and teaches Art Foundation courses at Zayed University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in the UAE, USA, Europe and the UK.
Kasia is a conceptual artist that works in a wide range of media, including painting, mixed media, digital graphics and installation. She explores strong use of repetition and rhythms through habitual documenting, often connected to socio-gender commentary through elevation of the significance of mundane activities.
As a global nomad, I have the luxury of quiet observation and interpretation of place, community and its individual members, from an outsider’s perspective, no matter where I am in the world. My interest lies in the spiritual aspect of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, and the connections that we create, whether they be with places, things, or each other.
Art is an act of seeing, transmuting thoughts and feelings into a piece of timeless amber. With the modern pace of life, the tranquility of a lengthy connection with a form, a thought, a memory is a luxury and in itself an object of desire. It is the rawness of metaphysical inner debate, distilled into a lightness of visual thought: a gift from the artist to the viewer.
Part of my process is to associate with my subject on an intimate level, in a state of mindful connection to its inner core. I do not merely want to capture the image with my tools; rather, I want to show the inner essence of meaning and explore it through prolonged observations of a singular subject, aimed at capturing the repetition of changes and constants.
Most of my visual projects oscillate around multiple renderings of the same imaginary, exploring it in methodical ways. I am fascinated by layers of colours and textures, interlocking with each other in a delicate dance of transparency and opacity. It acts as a prism, where the representational aspect of the work has been scraped away, allowing the emotional aspect, based at the core of the image, to take center stage. In essence, my art explores a cyclical aspect of carving out and revisiting parts of everyday life, exploring the raw emotions connected to them.
11-27 May 21 Inside/outside: Reveries, ZUUSS, Gallery 1 at the Foundry Downtown, Dubai
18-28 Jan 21 Fluid Resistance, Promenade Gallery, ZU AUH, UAE
22 Oct-31 Dec 21 International Autumn Salon of Art, BWA Gallery, Ostrowiec, PL
2-15 Oct 21 Malamegi Lab 19, Finalist, 28 Piazza di Pietra Gallery, Rome, IT
1 July-30 Sep 21 Emerging Art Scene Art Prize, Shortlisted Artist, UAE
8 June-30 Aug 21 Narratives, Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi
7-30 May 19 Emerge III Converging Lines, Venice, IT
14 Feb-2 Apr 19 RAK Fine Arts Festival 2019, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
2-6 Dec 18 UAE National Day Installation, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
6-12 Oct 18 Message of Love, Sinyar Gallery, Dubai
29 Oct-12 Nov 18 Soul of the Desert, Art Hub Gallery, Dubai
16-22 Aug 18 Show Your Best, Cartoon Gallery, Dubai
8 Mar 18 SPE International Women Day Exhibition, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
15 Oct 17-20 Feb 18 Wall of Happiness, Exhibition M Gallery, R Hotel The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
10-17 Oct 18 Art and Headlines, Khaleej Times Collaboration, Andakulova Gallery, Dubai
27 May-26 Jun 17 Vibes of Ramadan, Avani Hotel, Dubai
08 Mar-30 Apr 17 Be Bold For Change, The Café, Crowne Plaza, Dubai
03 Nov-02 Dec 16 My Flag My World, CITIZEN E Gallery, Dubai
19 Mar-2 Apr 16 Eva 2 Exhibition, Art Plus Gallery, Dubai
13-24 Mar 16 Sikka16, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai
18-21 Jan 16 Art In Secret, Showcase Gallery, Dubai
16 Jan-13 Feb 16 International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
3 Dec 15 Martyrs of the Nation, Art Plus Gallery, Dubai
13 Nov-05 Dec 15 City Walk, Dubai
24 Oct 15 Animal Exhibition, Almas Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
15-17 Oct 15 Art Fair Dubai, The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall, Dubai
14 -24 Mar 15 Sikka15, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai
19-21 Feb 15 RAK Fine Arts Festival 2015, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
1 Oct-6 Nov 14 Art from the Mind’s Eye, Art Couture Gallery, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai
20-22 Feb 14 RAK Fine Arts Festival 2014, UAE, 1st Place Winner, Art Category, UAE
16 Jan-2 Feb 13 International Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK
22-29 Nov 12 Rugby Open Exhibition, Rugby Gallery and Museum, UK
1 Aug 12-1 Aug 13 Featured Newcomer to Coventry 2012, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
18 Jan-5 Feb 12 City of Sanctuary, The Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK
2-6 Feb 19 Tolerance, Group Street Art Initiative, AD Municipality
17 Mar 17 Painting Workshop Instructor, Sikka 17, Alserkal Foundation, Dubai
06-09 Apr 16 World Art Dubai, UAE
28-30 Jan 16 UAE-Oman artists’ retreat, Liwa Art Hub
30 Sep-1 Nov 15 TiECon 2015, Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai, Art motivational speech
12 Sep 15 Live Painting, The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
28-30 May 15 Artist Exchange, Muscat, Oman28 – 30 May 15