Hey! My name is Marta Witkiewicz and I’m a traditional artist, illustrator, and writer in love with the word “Magic”. I was born in Poland but the chase after dreams took me places. Currently, I live in Madrid, Spain with my Carreabean pirate prince.

Growing up in the Slavic countryside surrounded by forest, animals, and vast fields of golden wheat ingrained in me a deep love and respect for the natural world. Without access to many goods, I’ve developed rich imagination creating my own worlds and fantastic stories. This deep desire to be able to create on paper everything I imagine and pursue in life what I love pushed me to leave my country in search of knowledge, techniques, and tools. During the years of atelier-style education focused mostly on strict classical approaches, my heart was divided between the beauty and excellence of fine art and the unrestricted imagination of fantasy illustration. In my personal works, I aim to blur the edges between them – using the foundations that I’ve learned and storytelling to create my magical worlds and characters.

For a long time, I thought that my art is about escapism, about stories and places where you can run away and hide from the hardships and struggles of adult life. But the more I draw, paint and write the more I feel that it’s about the connection. I’m searching for a connection with nature, it’s a primal call… Connection with humanity, emotions, and instincts that drive us, secrets of the mind… And most of all connection with the magic that I sense out here. I seek the feeling I have when I immerse myself in fantasy novels, stories that give this thrill as if something magical was about to happen, the promise of an exciting adventure, a secret to be discovered. I want to grasp and spread this sparkle that makes people dream, wonder, and believe that everything is possible.

I invite you to take a walk through parts of my world. You will find there my love for nature, folklore, and stories full of magic. I am very grateful for all the support you give me because this helps me to keep doing and sharing with you what I love. I hope that looking at my art will ingrain in you this spark of magic and a sense of wonder that I feel every time I create a new piece of art. Allow yourself to dream and let it drive you 😊

Group Exhibitions

2022

“Hanafuda” – Haven Gallery, New York, US

“Brings May Flowers” – Arch Enemy, Philadelphia, US

“Hans Christian Anderson” – Haven Gallery, New York, US

“Vanguard” – Outre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

“Unnatural Histories” – Antler Gallery, Portland, US

2021

“Bestias Pardas” – ESDIP, Madrid, Spain

“Spotlight Showcase” – Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, US

“Monochromagic 4” – WOWxWOW, online show

“Poison Garden” – Antler Gallery, Portland, US

“Of land, sea & sky” – Haven Gallery, New York, US

“Little Big VI” – Haven Gallery, New York, US

“Labyrinth of dreams” – WOWxWOW, online show

 

Recognitions/Press

Podcast Interview at Drawing Inspiration

Feature in Infected by Art vol 9

Feature in Infected by Art vol 10

Chesley Award Nominee – Best monochrome unpublished 2020