At the conflict of a conservative eastern European upbringing and the glossy, egocentric western urban lifestyle sits the outsider’s perspective of image artist and Polish painter Beata Drozd. Drawn to both the beauty and the folly of the human mind, she uses the clarity of direct communication between artist and audience as an invitation into an intimate world where conscious and unconscious meet, logic and emotion come face to face, and private and public disclosures provoke the unwillingness to deal with the world around us.
Representational portraits (oil and charcoal) describing undistorted emotion as black-and-white documentation of contemporary issues and the human condition. Image centered collages in color and black-and-white.
Drozd’s technique draws inspiration from American and British Pop Art as well as Francis Bacons. She meticulously pieces together selected glossy colored paper strips and fragments from popular magazines to assemble an accomplished pastiche.
From her drawing series of ballet performances at The Opera Garnier in Paris to her 1,000 photographic image, painting and drawing record of patients undergoing a new HIV-/AIDS treatment here in the States, Beata Drozd has proven a rare versatility in telling the human story. It is through this rare ability as a visual storyteller to find the same intimacy in both the eyes of a portrait as in the bustle of a collage’s city streets that has allowed her to not only study in both Paris and London, but also exhibit successfully around Europe as well as NYC.
Solo Shows: "Faces of Mazowsze" - KF Gallery, Madison Ave, NY; ‘Saving Face’ - SUMINY Gallery, Soho, NY; ‘Seduced by The City’ - The Rainbow Room, The Rockefeller Centre NY; ‘Gino’ - NY; ‘Portraits’ - Ramscale Art Associates Gallery, NY; ‘Friars’ - The NY Friars Club; ‘In The Response to The City’ - Brick Lane, London, UK; ‘Painting is not Dead’ - Chiswick Gallery, London; Selected Painting - Letherby Gallery, Mayfair, London