Art as Freedom Foundation


The Foundation’s charges, are young, talented artists who have something to say to the world in their work. The Foundation supports them in a number of ways, from awarding scholarships, to supporting, developing their talents, to opportunities to gain internships with Foundation Partners.

Róża Bartnicka

A graduate of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. She defended her diploma in 2021, obtaining it in the Printmaking Studio of Prof. Piotr Smolnicki, and an annex to the diploma in the Painting Studio of Prof. Henryk Gostynski. He deals with graphic art and painting, where matter and light are the dominant means of expression. In her work, she willingly combines various techniques and materials, which allows her, often through experimentation, to discover new artistic values. She is most inspired by emotions and the organic world of nature.

Kira Muller

A student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She deals with traditional and digital illustration. She wants to turn words into images. She also paints symbolic pictures, with which she carries on a dialogue with herself. Her works are characterized by vivid colors, lightness of the brush and, what is most important, thought. She creates illustrations for books on request. In her free time she writes, hitchhikes and dances.










Zuzanna Będkowska

A student of the Media Art Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In her intermedia work she often uses photography, video and painting. She is also very close to working with fabric. As a part of her Bachelor’s thesis carried out in the Lumps and Planes Studio, she designed and sewed costumes with an organic form. The main aspect of the work was the influence of form on body movement.

Zuza’s painting works are always an attempt to convey her perspective on the current political and social situation. She often uses complementary combinations. She focuses on everyday scenes from life as well as on women, their sexuality and the contemporary perception of feminism.

Currently inspired by the work of Miriam Cahn, Otti Berger and Oskar Schlemmer.

Kacper Kokoszka

A student of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He likes working with wood and metal. In his work he uses materials found in the environment. He looks for potential in objects that are just waiting to be thrown away. She is inspired by the arte povera movement and assemblage. He is constantly experimenting, looking for a means of expression that best reflects himself. He mainly works in sculpture, but also in painting and photography. His topics include human nature, his own experiences, emotions, as well as social problems. Through art, he strives to achieve a balance of the spirit. In the future, he would like to create a work after which he will feel that he has nothing more to offer.

Julia Brzózka

A student of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Ever since she can remember she has been involved with art, every time she strayed from her path she returned to it like a boomerang. In her works she likes to refer to the climate situation, ethical work and fashion and a zero waste approach to life. She tries to make something out of nothing, using waste as a medium or matrix. Apart from art, she is interested in sport; she used to practise javelin throw in an athletics club in Ursynów, and has recently started learning martial arts. Dancing is also an inseparable part of her life – although amateur, it gives her a lot of pleasure. Additionally, she is a volunteer in foodsharing and together with other rescuers she works towards not wasting food. Currently, she focuses on seeing and experiencing as much as possible – going out and trying new things – it gives her strength and momentum to live and create.

Hanna Went

A student of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She creates on delicate surfaces combining painting and drawing. The main inspirations for her paintings are analogue photography, reminiscence, nostalgia. She tries to keep the lightness of a sketch to the end, playing with transience. She also uses embroidery, which she treats as another tool for creating an image, a patch of densely overlapping threads. These two techniques stand in contrast to each other, on the one hand there is the spontaneity of the crayon and light layers of paint, on the other, hours of meditation on the minutest detail.

Julia Kliza

Law student and graduate of a music school piano class. In her works, she combines numerous styles and techniques. Her inspiration for her work comes from the mundane of life and the emotions she experiences within. She mainly paints on canvas and sketches. In art, she likes to experiment. Her interests also include music, poetry and architecture (especially the Brutalist style).

Tomasz Gołaski (Tytus Grad)

He has been painting for over 20 years. He is also a music creator, theatre producer and actor. In 2018, he was a scholarship holder of the Office of Culture of the City of Warsaw. On 29 November 2020, after a one-year candidacy period, he was accepted as a member of the Warsaw Artists’ Association. His work was highly appreciated during the meetings of the Association by the Consultants – Ms. Dr. Jolanta Caban, Dr. Tomasz Knorowski and Prof. Wojciech Cieśniewski. In 2020 and 2021, he led the ‘Painting Online’ project. These were online broadcasts from his studio while he was painting. Recently, he has been working on refining his original pointillist technique.







Yuliia Savytska

Since 2013 she has been involved in theatre arts as an actress, assistant director, leading acting workshops, author of scripts and texts for performances. She has played in such theatres of the city of Kiev as White Crow, Suzirya, Actor. Currently, she participates in the performances of the Midrash Theatre in Krakow and is a member of the Theatre Studio “Grup-M”.

For her, theatre is a search, discovering herself in art and art in herself. That is why in her work she puts special emphasis on finding new solutions, improvisation and combining different artistic forms. Professionally, she is involved in advertising. In 2020, she defended her master’s thesis at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on the subject of “The effectiveness of advertising cultural events. A case study of the Barakah theatre”.

She is also passionate about the art of filmmaking, which is why she hosts “Movie Club Discussion” meetings in Krakow, of which she herself is an organiser and mentor. She also records and edits video. Her goal is to bring people together through theatre to address important issues in an artistic way and thus change themselves and make the world a better place.

Monika Wyszpolska

A student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her art is sincere, direct, full of color and unobvious forms. Independent from what is known and conventional. She likes experimenting with new techniques and combining them. To check, to learn, to strive for her own uniqueness in the best sense of the word. In her free time she flies on gliders. She values growth in many fields and being open to new challenges as well as meeting new people and making memories together.

Joanna Kunicka

She has been creating ever since she was a little kid. Becoming an artist was her thing. But it hasn’t always been easy for her – following that path. She graduated from Applied Linguistics in 2016 and continued teaching English. In 2018 she was accepted by the Painting Department in Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Later on she decided to take on a more practical path and study Interior Design. Today she craves more spare time to paint. She paints her best in solitude. Her art speaks of transformation, but also optimism and hope. Some works are more dark than the others, but recently her biggest inspiration is Rothko and his colorful period. Abstract art gives her more freedom.




Yana Makukh

A student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduate of the College of Culture and Arts in Mikołajów. She wants her paintings to speak for her. In her works she expresses her personal experiences, moods and worries. She most admires Suprematism and Dadaism. Looking at the works of Malevich, she dreams of creating her own “Black Square” – a work of a lifetime. Although he is currently trying himself out in various directions, he aspires to one day detach his art from reality as we know it and devote himself entirely to “non-objective” art, or even start a new artistic movement.

Anna Lewandowska

A student of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her artistic path began a long time ago and she hopes to continue it for many years to come. In her works she uses mainly analogue techniques, which for her are far superior to the digital ones. She loves cutting out, collecting old papers, newspapers and postcards, which she then uses to create illustrations or collages. She is interested in art history. She is inspired by many, sometimes completely unrelated phenomena; for example, she appreciates Baroque as much as Impressionism or Art Nouveau. She has a constant need to change and discover new things so it is hard for her to do the same thing all the time. She likes to listen and meet new people, read biographies and is interested in psychology. She is a big fan of jazz and blues, loves Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith or Maxine Sullivan. Her great passion is swing dancing, which for some time now has lined up right next to her artistic interests. In the future she would like to travel as much as possible. Traveling gives her a lot of inspiration and desire to act.

Maria Rutyna

A student of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.In her work she refers to the relationship between man and nature. She emphasizes her disagreement with the culture of consumerism and the destruction of the planet. She usually uses plastic trash, or materials from junk shops, as well as various items found by accident. In these seemingly unnecessary objects she sees a unique potential. In her free time she deals with sewing and weaving. She also takes photos, which are for her a tool for documenting special moments of everyday life. In all this she is accompanied by her dogs.







Małgorzata Góral

Student of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She deals with printmaking. Her works are very emotionally charged. She loves to go outside the box and make mistakes, just to see what happens then. She uses a combination of different techniques and the effect of texture in her paintings. Privately, she is an animal lover and passionate about rollerblading, which is her favourite way to get around the city.





Nina Klin

Law student at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. At the age of 16, she received her first contract and went to Milan. Modelling changed a lot in her life, in particular it taught her independence.

In her free time, she loves travelling and meeting people. She also likes adrenaline and new challenges. Her greatest passions are tennis, crime books and Asian cuisine. She is currently focusing on self-development and making her dreams come true.

Weronika Sidor

Graduate of the Wojciech Gerson State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Warsaw, currently a student at the Faculty of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She is passionate about painting and sculpture.

Her works are often inspired by the mood of her surroundings. To create them, she uses various materials, such as gold flakes or plaster. She is not afraid to combine traditional painting techniques with innovative ones (oil paints with luminescent paints).

Among her greatest competition achievements we can include:

– 1st place in the 1st International Visual Arts Competition “Imagination painted with batik”.

– 1st place in the 4th National Biennial of Space Arrangements

– III place in the workshop “Design of a sideboard with the use of Kronospan products”.

– III place in the art contest “Silence, rustling, singing – the sounds of the Kampinos Forest”.

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