BIO
ALICJA HABISIAK-MATCZAK
Born in 1978, Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland. 

Graduated from the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. Postgraduate courses and workshops at Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino, Italy and the International Art Centre KAUS Urbino. Since 2004 she is a teacher at her alma mater, currently being the Head of the Intaglio Techniques Studio. 

She holds 19 solo exhibitions in Poland and abroad and participant of over 160 international print and drawing exhibitions where she received 14 awards and honorable mentions in  Poland, Romania, Spain, Italy and Canada.

Since 2013 she has been the initiator and coordinator of the International Summer Courses Printmaking and Textile Art (PATA) at her home Academy. 

Alicja Habisiak-Matczak

EXHIBITIONS

Probable Spaces

20.02.2019 to 01.03.2019



We have the pleasure to receive Alicja Habisiak-Matczak as a Guest Artist in our International Program and exhibit a body of her graphic work at Poliglota Gallery in Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo. Parallel to her visit  the artist will deliverer a lecture, make studio visits and participate of a full day of activities with Argentine artists opened to the local public.

ARTIST STATEMENT Probable Spaces

The point of departure for my prints are always drawings - charcoal sketches on paper. The Industrial landscape of my Polish home town Lodz, the architecture of Rome, Urbino, Perugia and many other Italian cities or memories from my travels to Luxembourg or Canada remain my main sources of inspiration.

I create my own visions of space, a kind of architectonical caprices following the lesson of Piranesi and his “Carceri”. The sensation of movement and rhythm may bring to mind the paintings of the futurists, the juxtaposition of various vintage points in one image reflect the cubist way of thinking about the space.

My graphic works are inspired by really existing places, though they are always modified by my imagination, memories and my ”perception of perspective” – individual and intuitive.  Under the influence of these transformations, I would like my graphic works to become more universal urban scenes, which every viewer can interpret in their own way. My enchantment by the urban environment connotes “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino with his visionary concepts, such as ”a hanging city” or “a city of light”. 

My works reveal my fascination by nature of light and shade, which through changes of direction, intensity and character, create infinite, mysterious spaces. The urban architecture is often the scenery of their mutual interactions – it is often distorted, put synthetically,  it sometimes brings to our mind the atmosphere of a dream, where repetition, exaggeration, connection of seemingly strange elements into new wholes is a natural way of perception  of the world. I try to show the monumental character of space, which is sometimes constructed  or somewhere else deconstructed by shade and light. 

In my graphic artwork I pay much attention to a search for different ways to obtain grainy textures – both in the technique of aquatint dusted by hand, in the technique of roulette or sand aquatint. Each of these techniques allows to obtain a varied and rich structure built of points – white and black. In my recent research on iron plates in intaglio techniques, I use the ferrotint technique and etching on iron. Etching aluminium plates in copper sulphate is part of my latest experiments with non-toxic intaglio techniques.