- born 1977
- born in Warsaw
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, graphics, drawing, video art and installations
“I smuggle difficult subjects we don’t want to confront and escape from. A strong sign draws attention. This is how I set a trap and force you to think. I won’t let you escape”.
In the years 1996‒2001, she studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She obtained a diploma with distinctions from the Workshop Graphics Studio of Professor Rafał Strent with a supplement from the Illustration Studio of Professor Janusz Stanny and the Drawing Studio of Professor Sławomir Ratajski. Currently, she is an assistant at her home university at the Faculty of Sculpture in the Drawing Studio of Professor Zofia Glazer.
She has had more than ten individual exhibitions in Poland (Kraków, Poznań, Szczecin, Toruń, Warsaw and Zielona Góra) as well as in Germany (Berlin). She has also taken part in many group exhibitions organised in Ankara, Berlin, Białystok, Bologna, Mumbai, Chicago, Cork, Dublin, Florence, Havana, Katowice, Krakow, Kiev, Copenhagen, Lublin, Łódź, Milan, Minsk, Montreal, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Okayama, Orońsko, Paris, Beijing, Petersburg, Poznań, Reykiavik, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Seul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Toruń, Tehran, Warsaw, Vilnius and Wrocław.
The most important prizes and distinctions: an individual award funded by the Art Book Museum in Łódź at the 7th International Art Book Festival, Warsaw, 2003; a statutory prize at the 5th Poster Festival, Krakow, 2005; Grand Prix of the Young Polish Graphics Grand Prix, Krakow, 2006; Gold Chimera at the International Press Design Competition Chimera, 2007; a special prize in the “Book of the Year” competition in the Polish Section of IBBY, 2007; a medal at the 20th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2007; 1st prize at the Bologna Ragazzi Award, 2008; Taipei International Digital Content Awards, 2013; must have Łódź Design Festival, 2014; Book of the Year 2014 in the Polish Section of IBBY, 2014; GrandFront in the Multi-theme Magazine category for the “Wysokie Obcasy” magazine cover, 2015; The White Ravens of the International Youth Library, Munich, 2015; gold medal of the European Design Awards, Athens, 2015; GrandFront in the Multi-theme Magazine category for the “Wysokie Obcasy” magazine cover, 2016; The White Ravens of the International Youth Library, Munich, 2016; the main prize for the Book of the Year in the Polish Section of IBBY, 2016; Excellent Award of Category Cultural Promotion Poster at the 2nd Shenzhen International Poster Festival, 2016; Grand Prix Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours, 2017; Honorary mention at the 26th Biennial of Illustrations, Bratislava, 2017.
The posters of Małgorzata Gurowska are characterised by a simple, minimalist form. It is the use of a strong, synthetic sign including many meanings, associations and references to reality. Being aware of the communicative function of the graphic sign, the artist uses simple combinations of shapes and contrastive colours so that her works could resemble warning signs or information icons. They are legible, catch viewers’ eyes and draw their attention. The minimalism activates thinking and excites emotionally. In her art, Malgorzata Gurowska stipples the contemporary times, smuggles the themes she has been involved in for years such as ecological awareness, criticism of consumerism and, first of all, protection of animals’ rights. She has been consequently escalating these problems in her art for years, fitting in the current trend of “socially involved design”.