Malgosia was born in Poland in 1978. She is a multidisciplinary artist and has been based in the United Kingdom since 1999. She now lives and works between London and Oxfordshire.
She was educated at the University of Wroclaw, Poland, in Sociology with Psychology and Philosophy. After moving to London in October 1999, she became the first Polish person to graduate from Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Art Studies. She attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design, and was later awarded a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Painting from City & Guilds of London Art School.
She has been exhibited world-wide; at galleries and art fairs in London, New York, Pietrasanta in northern Italy and Istanbul.
Through her work, Malgosia reflects on and confronts her powerful feelings about society and the environment in today’s world – loneliness, starvation, self-destruction, emotional and physical abuse, human and animal torture, and death. Her projects are informed by her extensive travelling, with visits to western, eastern and Mediterranean Europe, (including Spain, France, Greece and Turkey), India, Japan, the United States and South America.
Malgosia has much to say about the themes inspired by her observations on these journeys which she communicates through several media – with oil (her Madonna series), acrylic (abstract works), ink pen drawings, light (illuminated works), photography (the Body Works), installation (Malgosia Stepnik Space, City of Angels), film and live performance (City of Angels), and writing.
Hers is a distinctive and immediately recognisable style. She has developed a technique of her own, based upon the circle, which produces a dramatic 3-dimensional optical effect. Her technique was achieved through a variety of influences; the works of old masters, neuroscientific research into the human mind, colour theory and the Japanese painters Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Yaoi Kusama. The result is a hybrid of George Seurat’s Pointillism, Bridget Riley’s Op Art and Kusama’s obsessive dotting.
During the last 6 years Malgosia has undertaken extensive research into psychology and neuroscience, moved her studio to the English countryside, acquired Rose (a white German Shepherd dog) and Antoine (a wolfdog hybrid), and opened Malgosia Stepnik Space, her shop/gallery in Clapham in south London.
Following three weeks in India, Malgosia is currently preparing a new body of work informed by landscapes. She is also working on her biggest project to date: Malgosia Stepnik Home, which takes her practice to yet another, more utilitarian dimension – the everyday living space – for which she has designed a range of fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, furniture, small objects, wearable items and more, all directly derived from her art.