About Karolina

Karolina Kowalczyk was born in Raba Wyzna, Poland and has lived in Chicago for the past 20 years. She received a BFA in Illustration from the American Academy of Art and currently works at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Her meticulous way of working with paper cut-outs is inspired by her childhood love of stickers and wycinanki (Polish paper art). The pieces are created from many independently drawn elements on paper that are carefully arranged and built up in layers.

Her work is inspired by nostalgia, trauma and childhood and has been featured in shows in Chicago, Michigan and Minnesota.