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Gabriele Mierzwa was born in Schwientochlowitz, Upper Silesia, in 1958. She studied
art in the studio of Professor Henryk Dziecol from 1971 until 1978. She was just
fourteen years old when she won the Golden Medal J. Nehru by UNICEF in an art
contest in India. From 1973 until 1979 she studied at the Kattowitz Art School and
received a PhD in art. Since 1985 she has been living and working as an independent
artist in the Black Forest in Germany.
Typical of Gabriele Mierzwa's works is the sensitive portrayal of
dynamic, intimate figures. These sensual moments are powerfully
expressed through a sense of spontaneity balanced with tremendous
washes of color.
Mierzwa’s main intention is to arrange harmony and beauty. At the
center of her artworks is the nude – natural and graceful. The
observer is impressed at first glance by her figurative drawing
followed by the tender color-fogs and dynamic lines that form the
background of her works. On further observation, the concrete forms
dissolve and lose their contours. Only transparently arranged color
fields are visible. The observer's fantasy can freely develop within
clouds of color and form.
Mierzwa strives to create new perceptions through her artwork by
assembling fragments of memory and has developed into a wellknown artist among the international art scene.
She has exhibited in Hamburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Offenburg, Lahr, Wuppertal, Schwetzingen, Bingen,
Stuttgart, Köln, Germanisches National Museum Nürnberg, Olten, Basel, Zürich, London, Tokyo, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.