Agnieszka Kraus (Gajewska) aka Gajek, born in Chorzów, Poland in 1982. Lives and creates in Berlin since 2017, 2016-2017 in Mannheim in Germany. Lived in Brussels, Belgium, 2010-2015. Graduated from Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk, Painting and Serigraphy in 2008. Studied Painting at the Marmara University in 2007/2008. Winner of the "Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award" for the best master diploma in Painting in Poland, 2008. Award nominee for "Creators of Culture in Gdańsk  2009" and "Storm of the Year 2009". Represented Poland at the XIV Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (BJCEM) in Skopje, Macedonia, 2009 and at the XIII BJCEM in Bari, Italy, 2008. Received numerous cultural scholarships and grants in Poland. Numerous national and foreign exhibitions.

EDUCATION
MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE
Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland, 2008

Masters degree, specialization in Painting: “Saudade”

Promotor: prof. Maciej Świeszewski

Second master specialization in Serigraphy: “Katarine in Fire”

Promotor: ad. kw.II st. Aleksander Widyński

Theoretical Thesis: “About the Weather”

Promotor: dr Andrzej Cezary Leszczyński

Marmara University, Painting department, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007
PRE-UNIVERSITY

Art College in Gdynia, specialization in Graphic Design, Poland, 2003

High School in Kraśnik, Poland, 2001


AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Canvascollectie | Collection RTBF, competition, final exhibition, Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Belgium, 2012

  • Storm of the Year 2009, nominated for the cultural award in Visual Arts category, Tricity, Poland

  • City of Gdańsk Awards for Young Artists in the Field of Culture

  • Award nominee for Creators of Culture in 2009 in Gdańsk

  • XIV Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Countries, represented Poland in Visual Arts, Skopje, Macedonia, 2009

  • Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for best master diploma in Painting in Poland (1st prize), 18th edition, Poland, 2008

  • Cultural Scholarship of Marshal of Pomeranian, 2008

  • XIII Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean Countries, represented Poland, collaboration with PLAJ, Bari, Italy, 2007

  • Primus Inter Pares, best student in artistic field, AFA, Gdańsk, Poland, 2007-2008

  • Cultural Scholarship of President of the City of Gdańsk, 2006-2008


SOCIAL FUNCTIONS

2018 Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen Berlin (BBK Berlin) - Membership

2016-2017 BBK Mannheim - Membership

2013 co-founder of the artistic-educational group KIWI, workshops and book design for kids, Belgium

2009 co-founder of the cultural association SWELINA in Sopot, Poland

2008 co-director of gallery Art Delicatessen in Gdańsk, Poland

2007 member of an artistic group PLAJ (A. Gajewska, P. Maksjan, L. Majewska, J. Kuklo)

2006 - 2008 student representative on the council of the Faculty of Painting, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland

2006 - 2008 member of the student government of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland

2006 - 2007 teacher of art at Art Studio Znak on the Gdańsk Shipyard, classes in painting and drawing, Poland


FEATURED ACTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

2018

Gajek mit Alexander Habisreutinger, [Kunst] Projekte. Mannheim, Deutschland

2017

• "Das Ewig Neue", Commerzbank, Mannheim, Germany

2016​

• "GDAŃSK BIENNALE OF ART", Gdansk City Gallery 2, Gdańsk, Poland

•"Art Breidenbach" Art Fair, Port25, Mannheim, Germany

•"B-Seite" Festival for Visual Arts and Contemporary Culture, Zeitraumexit, Mannheim, Germany

•"Kunstpause", autopresentation lecture organized by Artgenossen, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

2015

• 42. Painting Biennial "Bielska Jesień", BWA Gallery, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
• "A w moim mieście jest inaczej" book promotion at the Polish Embassy in Brussels, Belgium

• "Truc Troc 'art & design, Laureates exhibition, Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
2014
• "International Art Exhibition NordArt" in Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf, Germany

• "Error_" solo exhibition, Brussels Art Factory, Belgium

• "Merge", group exhibition, Brussels, Belgium
2013
• "9e Biennale Internationale de Gravure", Museum of Fine Arts in Liege, Belgium
2012
• "Canvascollectie | Collection RTBF", the Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
2011
• "Tina.B" The Contemporary Art Festival - installation "The Infinity", Prague, Czech Republic

• Co-organizer of festival "Swelina Open Kurort of Culture", Sopot, Poland

• "Barriere de Degel", group exhibition, Brussels, Belgium
2010
• Solo exhibition "oh, my de e / and r 'in two, Gdańsk, Poland

• Solo exhibition "Something there" Sikorski Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland

• Solo exhibition at the festival "Streetwaves" - "Wonderful" Lastadia, Gdańsk, Poland

• Solo exhibition in a series of "Presentation of the Young" Sphinx, Sopot, Poland
2009
•Exhibition in Gallery "From Time to Time" in Gdynia, Poland

• Solo exhibition "Saudade" The BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Legnica, Poland

• Mural "The Universe" International Festival of Lights "Sky Ways", Torun, Poland

• "Katherine in Fire", a solo exhibition, St. Catherine's Church, Gdańsk, Poland

• PLAJ group and W. Jacaszek, performance, Streetwaves Festival, Gdańsk, Poland

• PLAJ, exhibition and performance, Refectory Gallery, Kartuzy, Poland

• "6th National Biennial of Students of Graphics", Poznan, Poland

• "18th NYPR PROMOTIONS", Museum of Archeology and History, Glogów, Poland

• "Fresh Paint", serigraphy collective exhibition, Museum of Lublin, Poland

• "SAUDADE", a solo exhibition, Manhattan Art Center, Gdańsk, Poland
2008
• "Mutual Inspirations Exhibition of Moments", Cultural Centre, Lublin, Poland

• "Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and Mediterranean", Bari, Italy

• "1001 actions for dialogue in Poland", performance, International Cultural Centre in Cracow, Poland

• "Hestia artistic journey", group exhibition, Gdańsk, Poland

• "Grannar / Neighbors / Neighbours", PLAJ performance, Blekinge Museum, Karlskrona, Sweden

• "Old town, new ideas", Burnside Gallery, Isle of Arran, Scotland

• Collective painting exhibition, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
2007
•"IN OUT" Festival, the Modern Art Center Łaźnia, Gdańsk, Poland

• "Recording of the Dance", special award at the FAMA festival, Tricity, Poland

• Mural "Home sweet home", Street Art Gallery Węzeł Kliniczna, Gdańsk, Poland

• 2nd Review of Video Art and Experimental Films, Rybnik, Poland

• "Recording of the Dance" - a happening, Cukrownia, Pruszcz Gdański, Poland

• "Recording of the Dance" - a happening, Poland 7th International Educational Fair, Warsaw, Poland
2006
•"Kozy" (Goats), a solo painting exhibition, Bar Mleczny (Milk Bar), Gdańsk, Poland