Alina Witwitzka works daily with a free and playful creation, connecting with one’s inner self – something that many of us dream of.
Alina is a graduate from a renowned Art School in Stockholm – Konstfack. Together with her art education, Alina studied bioenergy healing with Matthew Manning, Psychosynthesis (Psykosyntes), Brothers Tranbergs Institute (Bröderna Tranbergs Institut) in Göteborg.
Finding herself, Alina Witwitzka went through a series of different steps on her career, such as being an AD in advertising, teaching at art schools and being a project leader.
She has been a co-founder of a meditation centre Zen Center in Stockholm in 1981 and began on her Ph.D. in symbolics in poetry. Alina got a diploma from Silva Mind Control and is a certified Vedic Art teacher.
Since 1994 Alina works with people dealing with deep traumas (occupational burnout, incest and depression). Recently she has become a member of association of Bioenergy healers – www.uzdrowiciele24.pl, more www.popko.pl
Alina is a full-time painter and exhibits her works at least once a year. Her paintings are symbolic and express love and the need of giving and receiving. On her paintings, apart from people, we can see different creatures from the fantasy world (angels, animals etc.) and our dear best friends (cats, dogs, rabbits and horses). The most important guest on her paintings is the blue crow, which is a symbol of the wisdoms’ core, one that sees through us and knows the real truth about us. The crow with its’ divine eye is represented in a logotype of CREARE – Skapande Centrum (Creative Center), a centre being driven by Alina in Göteborg.
Alina Witwitzka’s intuitive journey led her to start her own business, where she could realize her dream to support people who want to find the balance in their lives through creation.
In 2000, she opened CREARE-Creative Center and since then, through her courses, she shares her love to the art of creation.
Everyone can take part in her courses, regardless the age and crafts skills. She supports the individuality and uniqueness in everyone.
Alina’s goal is to spread the passion to create. Not everyone can paint, but everyone, at some point has to create – e.g. cook, sing, sew, dance etc. Life can be experienced in all its fullness, when you’re eager to discover something new. This process happens through creation. Regardless the method, Alina shares the joy of creation with everyone.
”The colourful paintings of sometimes happily dancing, sometimes melancholically entwined lovers, are based in the traditional dichotomies of male/female, spiritual/physical and makes one think of both Marc Chagall’s ethereal compositions and of Henri Matisse’s plump bodies.”
Sinziana Ravini, GP 2007
”Alina Witwitzka regards the unblemished underlay of her paintings with total absorption. She fixes on the surface and in it sees suggestions of forms. Then her hard pencil follows the lines of those forms, and with attractive boldness she applies her carbon.”
Peter Lindkvist, Göteborgs-Posten, 1999
”The colourful work of this Polish-born artist, who now lives in Göteborg, spreads joy, harmony and sensualism … She paints in acrylics on canvas and paper, using a renaissance technique that is based on glazed layers laid on top of one another. Over the past three years Alina Witwitzka has worked with male and female, man and woman as her motif. In the last of paintings exhibited here they marry. She hopes to follow them still further along their path.”
Lars-Ola Carlén” Skaraborgs Läns Allehanda, 2000
”On the one hand we see the intimacy we associate with Dardel. On the other we see the more stylized type of drawing that was often to be found on the sheet music of countless waltzes about seamen, such as those of Evert Taube. Not infrequently the style is astonishingly bold … Alina Witwitzka’s pictures, at first glance so similar, on closer inspection reveal intricate changes of mood and a kind of pictorial cryptography in which shades of colour, bearing, hands, eyes become as readable as though they were a language. An angular blue (male) bird often plays a special role here as a symbol of freedom. Sometimes a cat does too, while a dog is more likely to symbolize dependence. The eyes, reflectors of the soul, often force their way outside the contours of the head, while the hands reveal fear or submissiveness.”
Rolf Haglund, Borås Tidning, 2001
”Here we see interplay, flirtatiousness, harmony. Following her exhibitions in France, Alina Witwitzka has developed a sense of sensual intensity. The strong colours she uses remind us of Picasso, Chagall, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin.”
Louise Clausen, Skövde Nyheter, 2000
Alina’s paintings, in her own words:
I have been working as a professional artist since 1985. When I am in the process of creativity only the present moment exists and as soon as I paint I forget that I do this for a living. All I experience is unity.
Wise men say that creativity is a way of reaching the deepest core of human beings. For me, the encounter with the canvas is a journey into the unknown with the result of a concrete image of colour, composition and structure. I consider myself fortunate to have this as my daily experience and practice. I often find myself being surprised and marvelling about the results of this journey, fascinated by the characters that appeared on the canvas and are now looking back at me. They have a message for me and they embrace me in their warmth. This gives me support.
My way of creating work is intuitive, when I stand in front of the canvas I “see” the image there and the only thing I do is bring it into light, life and two-dimensional reality. Thanks to studying Vedic Art in 2010 I discovered the playfulness in the world of textures. By adding a thin layer of texture-paint with a palette knife, I am able to reach a new dimension in my work that allows for a richer expression. It is an arduous journey but also more pleasurable and it requires patience, silence and concentration. I am immensely grateful for the happiness and fulfilment I experience when I paint, and perhaps this is why my work is expressing so much joy, colour and intensity.
Education and training:
- 1981-1985 School of Arts, Crafts and Design, Konstfack, Stockholm
- 1980 Idun Lovén Art School, Stockholm
- 1979 Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
- 1969 -1974 University of Katowice, M.A. in Polish Language and Literature
- 2017 Gallery Greger, Stockholm
- 2017 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2016 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2015 Smögenbryggan Galleri Maralto
- 2014 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2013 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2013 Polen, Busko Zdroj, Galleri Manufaktura
- 2012 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2012 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus
- 2012 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE acryl
- 2011 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch - summer exhibition
- 2011 Göteborg - Härlanda, the cultural centre "Kåken"
- 2011 Halmstad, Albany International
- 2010 Göteborg, Galleri CREARE
- 2010 Fjällbacka, Galleri Creare, branch
- 2009 Båstad, Galleri Creare
- 2009 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus
- 2008 Smögenbryggan, Galleri Smögenön
- 2007 Partille Slott/Partille Konstförening
- 2007 Smögenbryggan, Galleri Smögenön
- 2006 Skärhamn, Galleri Volund
- 2005 Skärhamn, Galleri Volund
- 2005 Göteborg creare, - 20 years jubilee
- 2004 Marstrand, Galleri da Mattéo
- 2004 Motala, Konstgalleri Vättern
- 2003 Stockholm, Galleri Terseaus
- 2003 Marstrand, Galleri Mareld
- 2002 Göteborg, A Gallery AB, acrylics
- 2001 Borås, Municipal Art Gallery, acrylics
- 2000 Tibro, Galleri S, acrylics
- 1999 Göteborg, A Gallery AB, acrylics
- 1998 Paris, Galerie Perspectives, tempera, acrylics
- 1997 Stockholm, Galleri Tersaeus, tempera, acrylics
- 1994 Stockholm, Kilen, oils on canvas
- 1990 Stockholm, Djurgården Church, oils on canvas
- 1985 Stockholm, Royal Dramatic Theatre, theatre posters
- 2013 Smögenbryggan Galleri Maralto
- 2005 Gallery da Mattéo, Marstrand
- 2002-05 Norway, Drammen, Gallery Oddvar Olsen, acrylics
- 2004 Motala, Art gallery Vättern
- 2002 Strömstad, Gallery Diana
- 2001 Drammen, Gallery Oddvar Olsen, acrylics
- 2001 Borås, Municipal Art Gallery, acrylics
- 2001 Göteborg, Gallery Ohdenkrantz & Koonce, acrylics
- 2001 Tibro, Galleri S, acrylics
- 2000 Marstrand, Town Hall, acrylics
- 1999 Marstrand, acrylics
- 1998 Göteborg, Municipal Art Gallery, tempera
- 1993 Stockholm, Fine Arts Society, enamels on metal, oils on canvas
- 1992 Stockholm, Fine Arts Society, oils on canvas, tempera, acrylics
- 1991 Stockholm, Polish Institute, oils on canvas
- 1984 Bologna, Children's Book Fair, book illustrations
- 1983 Barcelona, Taller Galeria Fort, graphics
- 1982 Paris, Galerie Poisson d'Or, graphics
Alina’s way of creative expression is mainly through symbols in paintings on paper, canvas, glass, porcelain and silk. She also uses drawings (ink/washes), sculpture in metal sheeting, photography, film (documentary), prose (eg, stories) and poetry.
Alina was born in Krakow, Poland, but has lived in Sweden since 1976 – over 20 years in Stockholm and now in Gothenburg. Alina is the mother of two daughters.