About me


Katarzyna Słysz-Urbanowicz, born in 1968 in Krakow, is a professional painter and graphic designer. She studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, from 1988 to 1993 (graduating as a Master of Fine Arts). During her time at the Academy she also studied book illustration, chalcography and lithography.
In 1992 she won a scholarship from the Austrian Ministry of Education to the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg.
From 1983 to 1988 she attended The State High School of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland.
Her paintings are usually based on figurative references with varying degrees of creative intervention. Light and the study of landscape or other natural forms are the basic building blocks of her work.
Cathy has participated in 11 solo and nearly forty group exhibitions.
Her favourite activities include skiing and sailing.


  • November 1993 – Diploma works and a few more pictures, Kossakówka Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • August 1994 – ‘The Freedom of Frames’, Spectra Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

  • January 1996 – ‘The Rule of Frames’, Brama Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

  • November 1996 – ‘Near the Studio’, M Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • July 1997 – ‘Paintings’, Space Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • November 1998 – ‘Landscapes of Provence’, French Institute, Krakow, Poland

  • June 1999 – ‘North-South’, Villa Decius, Krakow, Poland

  • November 2000 – ‘Selected Works’, Da Gama Association, Krakow, Poland

  • April 2003 – ‘The Four Elements’, Audialna Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • October 2005 – ‘Lumen Mundi’, Norwid Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

  • November 2012 – At the Attic Gallery, Provincial Public Library, Krakow, Poland


  • 1994 – ‘New Members of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers’, Pryzmat Gallery, Krakow, Poland
  • 1994 – ‘Spring Painting Exhibition of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers’, Palace of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland
  • 1994 – ‘Polish Architecture and People’, The Old Guardhouse, Warsaw, Poland and Piast Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1994 – ‘Meeting in North Carolina’, Zone One Contemporary Gallery, Asheville, USA
  • 1995 – ‘Show of Five’, ZAR Gallery, Krakow, Poland
  • 1995 – ‘Sicily in Krakow’, Sukiennice Gallery, Krakow
  • 1995 – The 18th ‘International Independent Exhibition of Prints’, Kanagawa, Japan
  • 1995 – Glean River Digital Art Gallery, Weston, USA
  • 1995 – ‘Polish Impressions’, The Old Guardhouse, Warsaw, Poland and Piast Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 – ‘Spring Salon of Painting and Sculpture of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers’, Palace of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland

  • 1996 – ‘The Teachers We Remember, the Pupils We Should Remember’ – 50th Anniversary of the State High School of Fine Arts, Palace of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland
  • 1996 – ‘Inter-Typo Poster’, Munkácsy Mihály Múzeum, Békéscsaba, Hungary

  • 1996 – ‘Catch the Moments as They Fly: International Contemporary Art in the Spirit of Robert Burns’, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, UK (also a touring exhibition in Scotland and Ireland)

  • 1997 – ‘Faces of Slovenia and Its People’, Krka Gallery, Ljublana, Maribor, Slovenia

  • 1997 – ‘The Present Situation – The Autumn Salon of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers’, Palace of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland

  • 1997 – ‘Polish Landscape’, Sukiennice Gallery of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers, Krakow, Poland

  • 1997 – ‘2nd Autumn Salon of Fine Arts’, BWA Gallery, Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski, Poland

  • 1998 – ‘Vox Humana ’98, 4th International Biennial of Young Artists’, Prague, Czech Republic

  • 1998 – ‘17th Festival of Polish Contemporary Painting’, Pomeranian Dukes Castle, Szczecin, Poland

  • 1999 – ‘French Impressions’, Historical Museum of Krakow, Poland

  • 1999 – ‘About Us Today’, Palace of Abbots State Museum of Gdansk, Gdansk-Oliwa, Poland

  • 1999 – ‘The Great Opening’, Design Gallery, Krakow, Poland

  • 2000 – ‘Plein Air Closing Exhibition’, Banowce, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • 2000 – ‘Egeria 2000’, Fine Arts X Salon, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland

  • 2000 – ‘III Triennial of Self-Portrait’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Radom–Łódź–Toruń–Częstochowa, Poland

  • 2001 – ‘4th Biennial of Small Scale Paintings’, Toruń, Poland

  • 2001, September-October – National Museum in Szczecin, Poland

  • 2002 – ‘The Dialogue of Provençal-Galician Perceptions’ (Eastern Europe Galicia), Aix-en-Provence, France

  • 2002 – ‘The Meeting of Five in Dockland’, London, U.K.

  • 2003 – ‘5th International Triennial of Religious Art’, Częstochowa City Gallery of Art, Poland

  • 2009 – ‘Nowa Huta Art Salon’, Centrum Gallery, Nowa Huta Cultural Centre, Krakow, Poland

  • 2011 – ‘Art Salon Marking Centenary of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers Krakow Branch’, Palace of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland


  • 1991, 1993 – Chief Set Designer for the Shanties International Festival of Sailor’s Songs, Krakow, Poland

  • 1994 – Chief Set Designer and Graphic Designer for IX Baltic Festival of Sea Songs, Gdynia Music Theatre, Poland


  • 1998 – Descent of the Holy Spirit – design and execution of a 4 × 1.9 m Altarpiece, St Joseph Parish Church, Słupsk, Poland

  • 1999 – Last Supper – design and execution of a 25 sq. m mural in the apse and dome, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Provincial House, Krakow, Poland


  • 2000 – Cabaret, Early 20th Century, Berlin, Munich, Krakow, Vienna, Zürich; Published by Dom Norymberski

  • 2011 – Illustrations for Between the Worlds, The Interpreter and Intercultural Communication in the Literature of the Discoveries and Conquest of the Americas (Original title: Między Światami, Tłumacz ustny oraz komunikacja międzykulturowa w literaturze, odkrycia i konkwisty Ameryki); Published by Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow