Joanna Rajkowska was born in Poland in 1968 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, graduating with a Master’s Degree in mural painting in 1993, and completed an MA in History of Art from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She extended her education at the State University of New York. Her films, sculpture and installations have been exhibited in major museums, international festivals and biennials. Her public sculpture Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue, a 15-meter palm tree, is permanently installed in the centre of Warsaw and is considered one of the most iconic works of Polish public art.


Some of Rajkowska’s most acclaimed public art projects include The Hatchling – The Line, London (2019), I shall not enter into your haven, Open City, Crossroads, Lublin (2017), Trafostation, Wrocław, Poland (2016), Rosa’s Passage in Łódź (2014), Soundlessness, Gdynia, Poland (2014), All-Seeing Eye, Open Art Projects, Brasilioa, Brazil, (2013), Forcing a Miracle, Frieze Projects, UK (2012), Benjamin in Konya, British Council, Turkey (2010), Chariot, The Showroom, London, UK (2010), Oxygenator, Warsaw, Poland, (2007), Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue, Warsaw, Poland (2002).
Amongst most notable Awards and Fellowships are Nomination for Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award 2019, Austria; 2012 Award of the City of Warsaw; 2010 Grand Prize, Fundacja Kultury, Warsaw, Poland; 2009 Pro Helvetia grant and residency, PROGR, Bern, Switzerland; 2007 Paszport Polityki for Best Visual Artist; Visegrad Artist Residency, Budapest, Hungary; 2006 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship IASPIS grant and residency, Umeå, Sweden; 2001 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship; 1998 The Civitella Ranieri Fellowship; 1997 The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship; 1996 The ArtsLink Partnership, Buffalo, USA; President’s Award of the City of Kraków; 1992 Kunsthaus Horn, Austria.


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Architecture After The Sunset, SKALA Gallery, Poznań, Poland , 2018








Joanna Rajkowska Unflattening, group show, The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art MMCA, Seoul (KR) 25 June – 20 September 2020


Joanna Rajkowska, The Penubral Age . Art in the  Time of Planetary change,  Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. Group show, 5 June – 13 September, 2020


Joanna Rajkowska, Every Day Forms of Resistance, The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. Group show, 24 April  – 28 August, 2020


Joanna Rajkowska, Far Too Many Stories to Fit into so Small a Box, The Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw. Group show,  25 October, 2019 – 3 May, 2020 


Joanna Rajkowska, The Hatchling, Cody Dock, The Line, London


Joanna Rajkowska, Nomination for the International Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award 2019


Joanna Rajkowska in conversation with prof. Ken Gemes


Frieze Sculpture, (The Hatchling), Regents Park, London, UK
, 2019


Joanna Rajkowska, The Hatchling, 3 July – 6 October 2019, Frieze Sculpture, Regent’s Park, London, UK


Female Artists and the Moving Image in Art in Poland: From 1970s to the Present, TOP Museum, Tokyo Japan


Joanna Rajkowska, Death of the Palm Tree, on the occasion of The World Environment Day, 1-14 June, 2019


Joanna Rajkowska, Illness as a Source of Art, National Museum Poznań, Poznań, Poland 


Joanna Rajkowska, Painkillers, Permanent exhibition, Susch Muzeum, Switzerland


Joanna Rajkowska, Skip the Line! Populism and Unfulfilled Promises, 26 October – 30 November 2018


Joanna Rajkowska, The Peterborough Child in Hyperallergic Magazine. Five Artists Explore the Aesthetics of Mourning, June 2018


Joanna Rajkowska, Chariot, Art Night, London, 7 July 2018


Art Brussels, Solo presentation, Discovery Section, Booth D12 – 22 April 2018


Architecture After the Sunset, Solo exhibition, SKALA Poznań – 13 April – 15 May 2018  


Suiciders, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland  


I shall not enter into your heaven, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 18-19 November 2017  


I shall not enter into your heaven, In the frame of the project Open City, Crossroads, Poland, 2017  


Faces, The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany, 2017 


Konteksty, Event Horizon, 2017  


Stitching and unstitching, Markiewicz / Rajkowska, 2017


THE FACE. A SEARCH FOR CLUES, The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany, 2017  


The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2017  


Painkillers, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017  


Joanna Rajkowska, SALT Ulus, Ankara, 2016  


Making use: Life in Post-artistic Times, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2016  


Medicine in Art, MOCAK, Museum of Modern Art, Krakow, Poland, 2016  


Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea, 2016  


DE-MO-CRA-CY, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland, 2016  


Hommage to Kantor, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan, 2015  


A Beautiful Darkness, 26 October – 30 October 2015, Central St. Martins, London, 2015  


I am burning Paris (Je brûle Paris), Cité international des Arts, Paris, France, 2015  


We knew the world not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent,

Goldsmiths, 2015  


Progress and Hygiene, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2015  


Vot Ken You Mach, Muzeum Współczesne, Wrocław, Poland, 2015  


The Wall. Art Face To Face With Borders, Careof DOCVA in Milan, Italy, 2015


The Light of the Lodge, Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2014  


A tourist in Other People’s Reality, Vestry House Museum, London, 2013  


L’ HALLALI, La Station, Nice, 2013  

Joanna Rajkowska