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In 2006, Niemczyk was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award. She has been awarded many art grants and residencies, including Tokyo Wonder Site (2016) and the EMARE/EMAP European Media Art Network artist grant and residency (2018).

Painting "Copper" 150x150cm exhibited at Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway.

In 2006, Niemczyk was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award. Niemczyk has been invited to develop, execute, and exhibit her projects at several artist residencies including Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo Japan 2016, Hole Artcenter Artist Residency Norway 2013-2015, Høyanger Artist Residency Norway 2016, Zadar Snova International Festival of Contemporary Theater 2017, and Artist Residency EMAP/EMARE  2017 in collaboration with Graeme Cole at Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France as well as EMAP/EMARE artist residency 2018 at Bandits-Mages, Bourges, France.

Her short films and debut feature film have been selected for film festivals around the world including Locarno, New Horizons, IndieLisboa, Pesaro, and Sarajevo. She was a student of Béla Tarr as part of the first generation of MA’s graduating from his film.factory program at Sarajevo Film Academy, studying under internationally-respected filmmakers such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Khavn De La Cruz, Agnieszka Holland, Lav Diaz, Pedro Costa, Gus Van Sant, the Quay brothers, James Benning, Thierry Garrel, Boris Lehman, Cristian Mungiu, Carlos Reygadas, Juliette Binoche and Guy Maddin.

Aleksandra Niemczyk holds a Master's degree in Fine Arts (Painting and Lithography) from the European Academy of Art in Warsaw, Poland. Furthering her artistic journey, she studied with the revered Béla Tarr to attain her MFA in Film Directing from his radical film.factory academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Niemczyk has exhibited her works in many galleries and institutions globally. She continues to exhibit internationally, and her works feature in many private and public art collections, among them Focus Bank and Louis Vuitton Art Collection in Oslo, Norway.


Sept 2001 — Present
// 2001 MA in Fine Arts

Since MA graduation from European Academy of Art 2001 Aleksandra works full time as an artist. Regardless of the medium she focuses on specific project, her process stays intuitive and reactive to surrounding and circumstances. Often her works becomes site specific, often in collaboration with other artists, often produceds in context of artist residency or an exhibition concept.

September 2015 — Present
// 2015 MFA in Film Directing

Since 2001, a-time artist, exhibiting in galleries and institutions around the world. Most recently, her works were presented at White Box Gallery, London, and Mall Galleries, London, during the Royal Society of British Artists’ 200th Anniversary Exhibition. Since obtaining the MFA in Film Directing from Béla Tarr's film.factory program at Sarajevo Film Academy, Niemczyk has produced several short films and one feature film.

Sept 2006 — June 2013
Curator / Art lecturer
// Hole Art Center , Norway

From September 2006 to June 2013, Niemczyk worked closely with Hole Art Center founder Elenor Martinsen on multiple exhibitions and art events.

“I rarely come across a film, which stuns me through its very first frame. The minute Aleksandra Niemczyk’s film Centaur opened, I couldn’t take my eyes off it anymore.”
Nadin Mai in "The Arts of (Slow) Cinema"
Founder of Casper Inc.
Installation "Ishi" during residency and exhibition at Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan 2016

What I Do

"I work with mixed media techniques to create non-figurative paintings full of intensity and colour, tracing a profound connection to the great abstract art movements of the past.
My process remains intuitive, no matter the medium in which I work:  originally in lithography and painting, before expanding to film directing and installations.

01. Paintings

I deconstruct forms and images from my immediate landscape and reconfigure the abstract elements as balanced constellations. My geometrical compositions expand from the flatness of the canvas towards relief, building tactility through extended experimentation with textile and application: silk, cotton, paper, thick oil or acrylic paint, asphalt, and gold leaf.

02. Film

Image is my first tool of narration. I work with every scene of my film, as I would work with creating a single painting.My artistic background, has a major influence on my films also as the way to build the project. Script writing goes parallel with drawing the scenes, planning the visuals, collecting references or materials for costumes, lighting and scenography.

03. Teaching and curating.

Developing and presenting guest workshop-lectures, for example to undergraduates of the French National Art school (ENSA), gives me the opportunity to share and reflect on the unique experience of more than two decades of making and exhibiting. Across diverse programs, I have taught elements of studio-based traditional painting, drawing, and print techniques, as well as media/video art filmmaking, installation, and production design.
I have curated group shows throughout my career and maintain a vibrant international network of established and up-and-coming filmmakers and artists.