ARTISTS

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Ola Mysior

Polish, living in Gdańsk. Certified Soul Coach, strategist, writer and painter. An entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in building brands and communication in the fashion industry. Founder of two companies, the Fashion PR Talks Business Academy and the Pop Up Grupa strategic collective. A PR specialist and literary critic by education.

 

For 10 years she has been professionally building brands and fashion campaigns awarded in industry competitions. She was also a consultant for business owners in the fashion industry. In 2019, she conducted a series of original workshops "Personal Strategy" on discovering a vocation and building an informed professional life.

 

One night in 2020, tired of the „hustle culture”, living under constant internal and external pressure and being a slave of professional status, she took a year off and began to get to know herself. Her inner search resulted in a new career path as a Soul Coach. During individual sessions and in mentoring programs, she teaches business owners, mainly from the creative industry, how to stop, let go and feel themselves again.

You can contact Ola via her website or by mail.

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Anastasia Rydlevskaya

is an artist from Belarus who, fleeing repression and the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka, found her asylum in Gdańsk. Art is for her the highest form of existence and the last hope. It reaches for the most intense emotions, universal feelings and sensations. She always knew she was going to be an artist; however, instead of completing her studies in art, she became a specialist in French literature. Her work shows a fascination with the power of stories, multi-layered metaphors and narratives rooted in European philosophy. When asked about what it means for her to be a young Belarusian woman working in Poland, she replies: “Everything I go through has its dimension in my art. However, I try to make my art non-binary, to cross borders and to be humanistic. There are two dimensions in which I create: my personal approach and my willingness to relate it to all people around the world. After all, we all share the same desire - the desire for happiness ”

 

Her surreal, often dark images feature three permanent motifs: crying flowers, blue tigers and lions, multi-headed chimeras ... Crying flowers is a reference to Blaise Pascal's "thinking reed". “It's just a flower, but it has a seeing eye that is always open and therefore feels like a thinking being. He can only look, but he does not look away, ”says the artist. After moving to Gdańsk, she discovered that the city has two lions in its coat of arms ... In heraldry, a synonym for royal strength, in Rydlevska's work, blue lions, made of crying tears, are a metaphor for suffering. On the other hand, the tiger is a symbol of energy that leads to change. "This energy is like the sun," claims the artist, "you cannot say that the sun is too hot, it is beyond morality."

You can contact Anastasia by mail.

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Aleksandra Cegielska

Polish living in Basel, educates about new feminism. “I have a feeling that the word “feminism” has a lot of negative connotations. When in fact it is all about equal rights for all genders, religions, races,” she states.. Aleks’ art explores the human connection and the body and mind. In her world, there is no main differentiator between male and female but a fluid concept whereby the two intrinsically connect. Bold colours also take centre stage – illustrating intensity as well as simplifying explicit shapes. 

Having worked in the fashion and marketing industry for over 12 years, she has learned and perfected methods in which to conceptualise and realise non-conforming silhouettes, shapes and colours. In doing so, she developed a passion that just didn’t cover clothes but also art as a result.

“Blank canvas always gives me the opportunity to express and visualise my emotions for all to see. Additionally a canvas also bestows me with a chance to say things that maybe difficult to put into words. And that in essence, is why I want to share my art with the world, it may end up helping someone out there.”

You can contact Aleks via her website or by mail.

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