Polish-American Contemporary Artist Kasia Based In Laguna Beach, Southern California
Kasia is a contemporary artist of Polish-American descent who was born and raised in a small town in central Poland. She has been living in Los Angeles since 2003 and moved to Laguna Beach, Southern California in 2018.
Moving to California and discovering the Los Angeles art scene was a life-changing experience for Kasia. She immediately felt the influence of beach communities, freedom of expression, and attachment to the entertainment industry. Her art, whether whimsical or thought-provoking, meshes well with the LA lifestyle sensibilities, as opposed to the political and religious overtones of Eastern Europe. Seeking freedom of expression, Kasia found it within the famous “City of Lights.”
Kasia developed her artistic craft on her own, focusing on contemporary art while finding inspiration through her humble background and travels around the world. In 2009, she took a break from painting to pursue photography and residential real estate, but she realized that painting was her true calling and returned to it after several years.
For Kasia, art is one of the most effective ways to give shape to her creative ideas and manifest them in the real world. Her creativity is a guiding force that permeates every aspect of her life, influencing almost everything she does. Her acrylic figurative artwork is a reflection of her innermost thoughts and emotions and serves as a testament to her artistic creativity. In her figurative paintings, she often incorporates elements that convey a positive message about life. The exaggerated eyes in her artwork allow the viewer to discern the inner status of the character and feel their emotions. The static, frozen-in-time distorted characters that she creates represent inner beauty and convey the message that beauty comes from imperfection, a message that is often lost in today’s world.
Kasia’s artistic repertoire is not limited to just figurative artwork. She also focuses on other styles, including abstract expressionism, minimalism, geometric abstraction, and digital artwork. Her minimalist and geometric art practice is grounded in her passion for architecture photography. She incorporates geometric shapes and forms, straight lines, scaling, and symmetry to create works that are visually striking and conceptually rich. She carefully selects a balanced earthy color palette to bring a sense of calm and serenity to her works.
Kasia’s art is a visual escape that takes the viewer on a journey to another dimension, a world where emotions and feelings are raw and unfettered.
WHAT DOES THE PAINTING & TITLE MEAN TO ME?
This is the story about me when as a girl dared to dream beyond my humble beginnings.
I was born in a small town in central Poland, where life was not so easy and resources were limited. Growing up I lived with my parents and my younger brother in a tiny home with no bathroom, sink, or oven, however, I refused to let my circumstances define me. From a young age, I had big dreams and a desire to explore the world.
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 natural wonders and fantasize about being there.
Tragically, my hero and inspiration, my father, passed away in 1996 from pancreatic cancer leaving me feeling lost, devastated, and alone. I longed to escape my small town and experience the beauty of the world beyond.
But art became my salvation. Drawing, painting, and writing poetry allowed me to stay alive and fill the void in my heart.
Every morning, on my way to work, I would stop at an empty church and pray for guidance and the courage to pursue my dreams. I wanted to move out and 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.
And then, on May 1st, 2000, I made a bold decision. I packed my bags and left Poland for America, with nothing but my dreams and a fierce determination to succeed. I arrived alone with two bags of clothes, little money, no English, and a one-year tourist visa, but I was undaunted. I was eager to learn, grow, and achieve more. My journey has been one of persistence, courage, and faith. I have never lost my passion for exploring the world, learning, and creating art.
My story is a testament to the power of dreams, and the unshakable belief that anything is possible with hard work and determination.