Magdalena Borkowska was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Currently living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.
The whole adventure with art began one gray and cloudy autumn day when she was a teenager. As she was walking down the streets in Warsaw one painting hanging in the art gallery window caught her attention. The painting affected her real strongly and she understood that art would be her life long lasting love and passion. In abstract art she found her home and the right way to express her imaginary spheres. This home is full of life, bright colors and openness to explore the unknown. Her curiosity and hunger for new experiences drives her to discover and experiment with different media, styles, tools and techniques.
During all the years living in Stockholm she educated herself and took several courses in psychological subjects to understand the human mind and to explore mystery that live within. In this period art was more as a hobby but the memory of the painting in the gallery window was still alive. 1997 she went back to Warsaw to study at Academy of Fine Art and 1998 she studied under the supervision of an adjunct professor Wlodzimierz Szymanski at the Academy.
It wasn’t until 2010 when she chose to totally focus on art. After that decision she has several successful exhibitions both solo and group exhibitions behind her. Her work is included in several private collections throughout the country and outside. Between 2014 and 2018 she studied photography, digital art, aesthetic communication and graphic illustration to expand her knowledge and to find new trails to hike.
I paint because it is an inner compulsion, a constant need and never-ending adventure of exploring the self and the creativity. This is what drives me. I paint because through painting I can literary turn the inside out and expose myself.
I am fascinated by everything that is abstract, hidden, secret, mysterious, surreal and invisible as I am by the subconscious mind and all the dimensions within us. But I am also fascinated by animals and our incredible nature with all the colors it offers. I see every painting as a story that wants to be told, that is why every painting is a process that the conscious mind doesn’t have much power to affect. The head doesn’t run the show. Every painting is a surprise, an untold tale until it is done. I feel at home in the world of abstract, here is where I live. The beauty of the world of matter gives me what I need, and my challenge is to bring those two realities together.
I always seek for what is beautiful, for what feels like a lovely poetry or a soothing sound of nature and this is what I want to express in my paintings. I believe that beauty is like a cricket’s song which touches the soul and fills it with a little bit of heaven.
I usually paint on canvas. I use mostly oil paint and brushes, but I also experiment with mixed media and various tools to achieve the desired result. Some of my paintings requires very accurate, time consuming and detailed work and some of them are painted using action painting technique. I aim to create different series to tell new stories.
My teacher ones told me when he looked at my paintings:
-You have too many stiles, it’s too many of you. You have to choose one and stick to it!
And I answered:
-No, you stick to one and I WILL BE ALL I AM!
SELECTED SOLO EXHEBITIONS
2016 Magdalena Borkowska, Experiment, Scandic Park, Stockholm,
2015 Magdalena Borkowska, Embracing The Wholeness, Scandic Park, Stockholm
2014 Magdalena Borkowska, Embracing The Wholeness, Galleri Duerr, Stockholm
2013 Magdalena Borkowska, Oil Paintings, Ljusgården, Linköping
2012 Magdalena Borkowska, Oil Paintings, Galleri Angel, Stockholm
2011 Magdalena Borkowska, Oil Paintings, Galleri Angel, Stockholm
SELECTED GROUP EXHEBITIONS
2019 Expo Arte Internacional, Four Points by Sheraton, Los Angeles, Chile
2018 Valentine, Art Exhibition of Polish Artists, Ogniwo, Stockholm
2017 Art Exhibition of Polish Artist, Ogniwo, Stockholm
2017 The Artbox.Project, Basel, Switzerland
2016 Art Love City, Fo-Ko, Beta Stockholm
2015 Kittla Dina Sinnen, Fo-Ko, Sickla Stockholm
2014 Photography Exhibition, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm
2014 Planet Fo-Ko, Fo-Ko with cooperation with Lauritz, Stockholm
2014 Art Exhibition, Kontoret Nybroviken, Stockholm
2013 In The Mood For Art, Fo-Ko, MOOD Stockholm
2012 Art Exhibition, Galleri Angel, Stockholm
2012 Fo-Ko, Skrapan, Stockholm
2011 Fo-Ko, PUB, Stockholm
2011 Salon des Refusés, Djurgården, Stockholm
2011 Art Exhibition, Rågsved Teater, Stockholm
2010 Artpolonia, Autumn Salon, Ogniwo, Stockholm
2018 Course in Aesthetic Communication, Stockholm
2018 Course in Graphic illustration pixel graphics, Stockholm
2018 Course in Graphic illustration vector graphics, Stockholm
2016 Course in Photography, Stockholm
2016 Course in Graphic Illustration, Stockholm
2015 Course in Digital Art, Stockholm
2014 Photography, Folkuniversitet, Stockholm
2006 Multidimensional Psychology, Academy for Omnitherapy, Sweden
2006 Past Life Regression Therapy, SSEAH, Stockholm
2006 Hypnotherapy Advanced, Hypnoanalysis, SSEAH, Stockholm
2006 Hypnotherapy Basic, SSEAH, Stockholm
2003 Psychosynthesis Theraphy, Huma Nova, Stockholm
1998 Study under the supervision of an adjunct professor Wlodzimierz Szymanski at Academy of fine Arts, Warsaw
1997 Academy of fine Arts, Warsaw