We all need to add more colour to our lives, which is why purchasing an authentic piece of art by Malgosia Stepnik and getting a vibrant custom picture frame for it should be something everyone does.
An antidote to the grey tones of interior design that started to become popular a few years ago, the Polish-born artist is well-known for her brightly coloured shapes and forms.
She began her creative journey at the tender age of 15 when she completed her first painting – one that happened to feature her signature circles and larger-than-life shades.
Malgosia ended up moving to London, inspired by the city’s creativity and high calibre of artists. She spent the next few years honing her skills at some of London’s and Paris’ top art schools, including City and Guilds London College of Arts.
Her vivid pieces combine her interest in psychology, neurology, and human interaction, and she hopes her art can open up people’s minds.
“What fascinates me is how each person I met, has a different perception and understanding of their personal and shared experiences. My great desire is to challenge perceptions,” she stated.
Malgosia’s aim is to “create a body of work that will inspire people to explore their personal story and the context in the world”.
Over the last 14 years, she has achieved several commissions, as well as showcased at different events. These include the Travels Space Installation at Canary Wharf in 2015, a group show at Accesso Gallery in Pietrasanta, Italy in 2011, and the Breathe exhibition at Fitzrovia Gallery in 2021.
Most recently, the artist exhibited in Notting Hill at the Selection of Illuminated Works event in collaboration with Walmer castle. She will also showcase her talents in an artist in residence collaboration with Humble Grape later this month.
She has proudly produced a number of solo shows over the years, including Electric at Aura of Mayfair in 2010, the States of Mind exhibition at Scream Gallery in 2012, and Sensuous in Istanbul between 2012 and 2013.
More recently, the London-based artist held the What Lies Within exhibition at MSSpace in the capital in 2016. However, arguably her most successful event was the Journey to Self solo show held at Studio 54 more than 12 years ago.
In this exhibition, Malgosia used film, light, and sound in addition to her usual paintings. She saw the show as her own personal journey of self-discovery as an artist.
She is also known for the eclectic interior design at her terraced house in London. It is here she has her own studio on the ground floor, while the first floor is saved for her personal and entertaining space. In her one double bedroom, she has a dressing table and a roll-top bath.
Unsurprisingly, she has transformed the property by adding as much colour as possible, such as her lime-painted stairs and orange walls. She also has a mix of antiques and knick-knacks collected from around the world, making the space full of character.
Of course, her walls wouldn’t look complete without some of her own work, adding an extra splash of colour on to the already bright canvas.