A painter, creator of comic art and illustrator, Joanna Karpowicz is a graduate of the State Secondary School of Visual Arts in Kraków, as well as the Faculty of Painting at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, where she received her diploma in the studio of Prof. Leszek Misiak in 2001. Related to artists: Anna Karpowicz-Westner (mother), Sławomir Karpowicz (father), Katarzyna Karpowicz (sister) and Paulina Karpowicz (cousin). She lives and works in Kraków.
Solo Exhibitions with Major Cycles:
Return, Artemis Gallery, Kraków (2020), The Travels of Anubis, Artemis Gallery, Kraków (2019); LA Woman, Artemis Gallery, Kraków (2017); Anubis, Raven Gallery, Kraków (2016); I Want to Believe, Zamek Cultural Center, Wrocław (2014); Anubis, My Friend, Łącznik Gallery, Kraków (2013); Means of Transport, Cafe Szafe, Kraków (2008); and Room 666, Nova Gallery, Kraków (2003).
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Artists from Kraków: Generation 1970 – 1979, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art (2018); Comics Now!, National Museum in Kraków (2018); Blood: Connects and Divides, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (2017); My Country So Beautiful, Arsenal Gallery, Poznań (2015); 4 x Karpowicz, Raven Gallery, Kraków (2014); Strange Stories, Stalowa Gallery and Meno Forma Gallery, Kaunas (2014); Comics: Urban Legends, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art (2011).
Joanna Karpowicz is the author of comics executed using painting technique: Szminka [Lipstick] (script: Jerzy Szyłak, Mandragora Press, 2003), Jutro będzie futro [Dog’s Tale] (original script, Atropos Press, 2004), Pocztówki z Białegostoku [Postcards from Białystok] (original script, Ludwik Zamenhof Center, 2012), Kwaśne jabłko [Sour Apple] (script: Jerzy Szyłak, Timof Comics, 2017); the art book Anubis, (Centrala Ltd., 2017), Anastazja, Part I and II (script: Magdalena Lankosz, Kultura Gniewu, 2017, 2019).
Karpowicz’s painted comics can also be found in anthologies: KKK – 25 – Antologia. Krewni i znajomi KKKrólika [KKK – 25 – An Anthology: Family and Friends of KKKrólik] (2019) and the following magazines: Gili-Gili, Aargh!, Zeszyty Komiksowe, Cheap East; City Stories (Contur, 2013); Double Portrait: Polish Female Comic Art (Centrala, 2012); Polski Komiks Kobiecy [Polish Women’s Comics] (Timof i Cisi Wspólnicy,2012); Kompot [Compote] (Kultura Gniewu, 2007). As an illustrator she worked for Newsweek, Wysokie Obcasy, Wydawnictwo Literackie, Draft Publishing and Borys Lankosz – Polish film director.
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