Hello Monika, who are you?
I am a self-taught artist, born in Poland in 1977. Based in North London for 6 months per year and another 6 in Itacare – Bahia – Brazil. I like collecting/recycling and this reflects in the collage aspect of my work. I enjoy finding and exploring different materials and textures and to remix images from the past that I have found somewhere on the street.
How, when and why did you start making art?
I don’t really remember how or when. It just happened and i’m doing it ever since. I just always liked keeping my hands busy, in so many different ways 😂.
Where do you see yourself right now on your artistic path?
Exactly where I am right now: Exploring. Always exploring and always learning – and having fun!
How would you define your style and what do you like about it?
I just do what I love and what I think is beautiful. I love making geometric collages because it is such a organic and intuitive process. Art for me is self-expression and somehow this present obsession with geometric collage is a current stage, a chapter of my life and helping me to become a better version of me.
Do you have any tips for other artists based on your experience?
I guess this tip is general and counts for all of us – not only for artists: Do what makes you happy.
What is your ideal setting for making art?
Big space with big windows and white walls 😂
Do you have to motivate yourself and if so, how do you do it?
Oh no. I don’t need any motivation. I just love so much what I do, that I feel almost anxious before I start. And when I start I can go on and on and on… Time just stops for me!
Monika Gardyla ★ Artist resume
Monika Gardyla is a self-taught artist born in Poland. Her work crosses disciplines but primarily involves painting, collage and street art – murals. Monika’s inspiration often comes from Polish poster designs, unique designs of the Dada movements, as well as objects that have fallen out of use in colourful Bahia – Brazil, where she lives for 6 months each year.
She creates her colourful collages with a distinctive graphic edge, reflecting her love for geometry, shapes and patterns. Her keen eye for colour and layering, masking some areas off while revealing flashes of intense colour in others.
Adding some forms and colours on top of one another creates a subtle layering effect, adding a sense of depth to a normally flat surface and ultimately becomes a visual diary. Most of her artwork is untitled. She often does not want any references to interfere with or assist the viewer. Recognisable by her extraordinary use of colour, she creates contemporary artworks and settings that catch your eyes.
Thank you, Monika.