Kasia is a contemporary artist born and raised in Poland. For the past 15 years, she has lived in Los Angeles & 5 years relocated to the Laguna Beach area in California. Moving to Southern California in 2003 and discovering what the Los Angeles art scene had to offer was eye-opening. Coming from Eastern Europe to the west coast lifestyle, she immediately felt the influence of the beach communities, the freedom of expression, and the attachment to the entertainment industry. Whether the art is whimsical or thought-provoking, it meshed well with the LA lifestyle sensibilities as opposed to the political and religious overtones of Eastern Europe. She was seeking freedom of expression and within the City of Lights, she found it. Kasia developed her artistic craft on her own focusing on contemporary art while finding influence through her humble background and travels around the world. Around 2009 She took a break from paintings to focus on fashion and later on photography. Several years later she decided to do what she loves the most - painting.
“My imagination is a leading driving force in my life and influences me in almost everything I do. It has always been the most natural and easiest way for me to express myself. When I paint surrealistic characters I like to focus on the details of their exaggerated eyes so the viewer can learn about their inner status and feel the emotions of the character. From an early age, I have found art fascinating and liberating. Painting allows me to transform images in my mind into something tangible. From the anxiety and excitement of coming to America to finding calm in fulfillment later in life, my paintings tend to mirror my inner feelings and thoughts.
Creating art takes me on a journey as I get lost and submersed in the subject of my artwork.
Art is one of the best ways through which I can give shape to my creative ideas and make them exist in the real world. It's a reflection of influences that translate on canvas for others to experience which gives me such a thrilling and encouraging feeling."
Dream Big Little Girl
I was born in a small town in central Poland.
Growing up I lived with my parents and my younger brother in a tiny home with no bathroom, sink, or oven, however, my humble background didn’t stop me from having big dreams.
We could not afford to go away on vacations, so instead as a little girl I used to take as many brochures as possible from a local
travel agency and look in awe at photos of exotic places, beaches, big cities, and nature in all its beauty and fantasize about being there.
My dad who was my hero and a big inspiration in my life passed away in 1996 leaving me lost and devastated.
Drawing, painting, and writing poetry at that time, helped me to stay alive and filled the void in my heart.
On my way to work each morning, I used to go to an empty church before mass and pray to God to help me bring my dreams to life so that I could one day move away from my small town. I dreamed to live somewhere I could lose myself in the great big world and find myself again.
My dreams were overpowering and I wanted to achieve something beyond what my family and friends believed was impossible.
On May 1st, 2000 I made one of the most important decisions of my life and moved to America. I arrived alone with only two bags of clothes, big dreams, and excitement to begin my new extraordinary adventure.
Even though I spoke no English, had very little money, and had a one-year tourist visa, I was never scared or frightened. I was so excited and ready to grow, learn and achieve more.
This has never changed......