Emilia Kina

(b. in 1990, Poland) lives and works in Kraków

Emilia Kina graduated from the Faculty of Painting at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Kina’s artistic practice primarily revolves around painting and photography. She is interested in the materiality of the image, a simple form arising from complex problems, where the essence lies in the relations between painting as an image and painting as an object.

 

In her work, Kina often refers to the elements and theoretical concepts of traditional painting. Her artistic process recalls manipulated canvases of the Italian neo-avant-garde masters, whose surfaces were invigorated by disturbing elements. Emilia Kina, however, carves and constructs her relief compositions as they emerge from a molded and wavy loom. Through creation of a spatial expansion towards the outside of the canvas, the artist pays attention to the internal function of the painting, its pure plasticity, and material beauty. At the same time, a kinetic illusion of subtle colors and gradients makes the surface unconstrained by two dimensions and contributes to the painting’s temporal and narrative properties, making it strongly representational.

 

Emilia Kina has recently exhibited at the Gray House Gallery in Cracow, Raster Gallery in Warsaw, Stefan Gierowski Foundation in Warsaw, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London, as well as during international art fair such as Artissima in Turin 2021 and NADA Miami 2021.

SELECTED WORKS

 

PAST EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

From "Abstraction" to Abstraction

Fundacja Stefana Gierowskiego, Warsaw, PL

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Photo: Adam Gut

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2022

The Eyelid

eastcontemporary, Milan, ITA

2021

Prześwit

Szara Kamienica, Cracow, PL

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2021

Wabi - Sabi

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK

2020

SOFT MATTERS

Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL

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2020

SCREEN

Raster Gallery, Warsaw, PL

2019

Innocent eyes, weak arm

Šopa Gallery, Koszyce, SK

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Emilia Kina & Filip Rybkowski, Primal Fantasies, 2019, installation view, BWA Contemporary

2019

Primal Fantasies

with Filip Rybkowski

BWA Contemporary Art
Gallery, Katowice, PL

2017

TRIANLGE

Polonisches Institute Düsseldorf, DE

Emilia Kina, TRIANGLE, 2017, group show, installation view, Polonisches Institute Düsseldo