- born 1980
- born in Poznań
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, illustrations, drawing and painting
“Less means more”.
In the years 2000‒2005, she studied at the Faculty of Graphics and Visual Communication of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. She obtained her diploma with distinctions in the Wood Engraving Studio of Professor Zbigniew Lutomski. Since 2005, she has conducted classes with students – initially at the Faculty of Graphics and Visual Communication in the Poster Studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, since 2013 – at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication (Faculty of Animation), she has been in charge of the Film Graphics Studio. She also works at the Warsaw School of Information Technology at the Faculty of Graphics and the Warsaw School of Photography.
She has presented her works in several individual exhibitions in Poznań and Warsaw. She has also taken part in more than ten group exhibitions organised in Akureyri, Chaumont, Christchurch, Cieszyn, Gdańsk, Knoxville, Krakow, London, Oświęcim, Poznań, Tallin, Trnava and Warsaw.
The most important prizes and distinctions: 2nd place in the Grand Front 2010 competition in Trade Journal category, 2010; gold medal at the 20th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2010.
Maja Wolna is an emotional and involved artist. She undertakes the contemporary social problems connected with a human being, his existence, limitation of rights by political and ideological systems. She searches for an expressive and simple style for her works, using metaphor and mental short cut. Drawing from her experience with the wood engraving technique, she builds image forms refined of any unnecessary elements, frequently drawn with a thick line with a spontaneous duct. The colour is applied locally, in a valueless manner, strictly within the outlines. Due to the message and bringing of the utterance to the minimum, the composition of her posters is frequently based on one or only a few representational details. The formal asceticism is also emphasised by the colour structure based on a combination of two or three colours with blatant harmony. The artist constantly searches in the association sphere, intentionally creating sophisticated artistic forms. In her art, she avoids literalism and provokes viewer’s imagination using symbolism and irony. It is the form that matters for her and an apparent deformation or “imperfection” is purposeful. The pillar or the dominant theme and, thus, the leading motif of her artistic achievements is the message, which determines formal solutions. She tries to convey as much content as possible with the use of economical measures. In her posters, she avoids aestheticization, involving the viewer, being a kind of a co-artist, in empathizing and reflection. In her work, she exercises utmost care to make her drawing statements not only an expression of content but also a catalyst of emotions. Posters, illustrations, collages and paintings constitute a part of her artistic work. Drawing from the experience within the scope of graphics, she experiments with new projects, using new means of artistic expression.
Maja Wolna Gallery
More information about the artist: majawolna.com