Beata Zalewska



Born in Gdynia, Poland, I graduated from Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. I worked there for several years as a graphic designer missing my destiny and dedication which is painting. When I moved with my family to Turkey to work at Bilkent University in Ankara as an Art Instructor I finally met my muse again. Atmosphere, colors and places are a huge inspiration for me, they leave a lasting impression and move my imagination. Traveling around the country, visiting ancient ruins and the mythic, fairytale Cappadocia, I try to recall mysterious images from the past. A camera which is my sketching tool has become my time vehicle. I hope that anyone who decides to visit my webpage will have the pleasure to join me in my journey. I also hope that my fascination with art, nature and history will be or has already been highly contagious to my lovely son Marek and daughter Marta who accompany me in my journey.



  • 1992: Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Gdańsk, Poland

Teaching Experience

  • 2000 - present: Instructor, Department of Fine Arts, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey:
    • Introduction to Painting
    • Drawing
    • Art Studio
    • Rendering for Graphic Design

Solo and 2-Person Exhibitions

  • September, group exhibition, "W drodze…", Gallery A, Starogard Gdanski, Poland
  • 2012
  • October, solo show, Gallery "Wyspa Skarbów", Gdansk, Poland
  • May/June, 2 person show, Gallery A, Starogard Gdanski, Poland
  • 2011
  • May, 2 person show, Gallery "Leonardo", Kazimierz Dolny, Poland
  • 2010
  • October, Curatorial work, World Poster Exhibition "Death is Not Justice", CSW "Laznia", Gdansk, Poland
  • 2009
  • July/August, 2 person exhibition, painting, CWRDW in Tczew, Poland
  • 2006
  • September, "Zu Stein Gewordenen Architektur," 2 person show (with T.Wiessenmüller), Galerie Wasserscheune, Erbsen n. Göttingen, Germany
  • January, "Together", 2 person show (with M. Sladczyk), NYDAI, Europa Club, New York, USA
  • 2004
  • August, Painting exhibition, Caffe Grün, solo show, Bremen, Germany
  • June/July, Painting and drawing exhibition, 2 person show(with M. Sladczyk), ZPAP Gallery, Gdańsk, Poland
  • 2002
  • October, Painting exhibition, solo show, Galeri Sanatyapım, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1991
  • Painting exhibition, solo show, Gallery, Bremen, Germany

Group Exhibitions

  • September, group exhibition, Gallery "A", Starogard Cultural Centre, Starogard Gdański, Poland
  • 2011
  • November, group exhibition for 100 Anniversary of ZPAP (Union of Polish Artists), Gdanski Park Naukowo-Technologiczny - Gdansk Science & Technology PARK, Gdansk, Poland
  • July/August, "3 Continents meet in Tczew", group exhibition, Fabryka Sztuk/Art Factory, CWRDW Tczew, Poland
  • January, group exhibition for 100 Anniversary of ZPAP (Union of Polish Artists) State Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland
  • 2009
  • Feb/Mar, "Sakli sergi", "Hangar" group show, Kum Sanat Merkezi, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2006
  • May/April, "Sergi/exhibition 0004", group show, State Academy of Fine Arts, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • "Sergi/exhibition 0004", group show, Museum of Art, Batumi, Georgia
  • 2004
  • "Bilkent'ten 13 sanatci" Resim ve Seramik Sergisi, group exhibition, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • "Sergi/exhibition 0003", group show, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2003
  • September, 1st International Art Festival (Plain Air), Antalya, Turkey
  • July, 12 Izmir International Fair, group show, Izmir, Turkey
  • May, "Sergi/exhibition 0002", group show, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2002
  • "Sergi/exhibition 0001", group show, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey
  • 1999
  • Wystawa Okręgowa ZPAP, group show, St. John's Church, Gdańsk, Poland


  • Scholarship from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschs- dienst (German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD), Hochschule für Künste, Bremen, Germany

Other Work Experience

  • Coordinator of Education, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, Poland
  • 1994-2000
  • Graphic Designer at own studio 58/65 (together with M.Sladczyk), Sopot, Poland
    • Designed commercial documents for clients, trade marks and logos, corporate identity packages including business cards, stationery and brochures, developed corporate identity manuals, prepared and submitted art and layouts for pre-press, digital printing, separating colors and ripping plates, prepared promotional items, packaging and clothing, exterior and interior signage, advertising standards (based on Macintosh platform) projects for:
    • Projekt Art Magazine
    • Teatr Wybrzeże, Gdańsk
    • Gdańsk Science Society
    • Post Bank, Poland
    • Coffee and Agro Company, Poland-Peru
    • Port of Gdańsk
  • 1993-1994
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
    • Designed corporate identity, programs, posters for Theatre Wybrzeże, Gdańsk, Poland

Professional Organisations

    1993 - Present
  • Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków (Union of Polish Artists ZPAP)

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching art (drawing, painting, graphic) is a process based on a subjective artistic point of view. Each vision is quite different and dependent upon one's knowledge and experience. That's why I will be debating with the students some artistic matters and issues given our different cultural backgrounds and heritage. As a teacher and an artist, I want to interact with them in a way that will boost their creativity, productivity and self-confidence. Below are some examples demonstrating how I try to implement my knowledge and experience to stimulate the students' skill development:

  1. Treating each student individually

    Each person, especially artists (also prospective artists) has different potential and different abilities and talents, so a teacher should stress development of those abilities. Students should be encouraged to develop their own artistic vocabulary.

  2. Developing a self-critique skills

    This will allow students to be self-dependent and enable them to critically view their own work. They should learn how to see their own mistakes, accept them and correct them. This process, based on accomplished proficiency, will enhance their self-confidence.

  3. Teaching techniques and technology

    This is another, very important part in artistic education. Learning different media, integrating theory and practice, exploring a variety of media and tools (traditional and contemporary) will inculcate technological know-how and increase their creativity dramatically.

  4. Introducing art principles and foundations

    I believe that learning the basics of artistic perception is the first and unavoidable step to be introduced to future artists. A journey through contruction, composition, directions, scale, perspective, contrast, point and line, light, shade and shadow, color and value as well as artistic anatomy should strengthen their artistic skills and core perception of art. Having the foundations well grounded in their practice, students can then create their own vision, style, analytical perception and their own view of the surrounding reality.

  5. Experiments, innovation and expression

    I would like to broaden their horizons not only by experiencing the traditional values but also stimulate their creativity, imagination and expression by experimenting, using various media and mixing them. This can positively influence students' ideas of their own art works and develop their artistic vocabulary.

  6. Great journeys into art history

    The field of art history, as well as modern and contemporary art is a subject for deep analysis. Students get some research projects, students presentations and discussion. They are exposed to art museums, galleries, archives in the surrounding community and beyond.

  7. Artistic opportunities outside of school

    It is very important to encourage students to become more mature artists by giving them the information and helping them to participate in national and international competitions, applying for grants and scholarships and entering students' exhibitions within the campus and art venues outside the campus.


Beata Zalewska

Design by Marek Sładczyk 2014 | Built on Skeleton framework.