Creativity does not stay in line with conventions

How many times didn`t we express our opinion, because we were afraid of the reaction of people that surround us? An opinion that was contrary to the opinion of the majority? How many times did this fear stop us from acting?

In 1872, Clau­de Monet pain­ted the famo­us pain­ting “Impres­sion”. Sun­ri­se. This is when he and his fel­low arti­sts orga­ni­zed the­ir first exhi­bi­tion, thus oppo­sing the ruling, clas­si­cist move­ment. They were lau­ghed at and teased by the cri­ti­cism as well as the audien­ce. Howe­ver, they sto­od by the­ir cho­ices. They deci­ded to paint pic­tu­res that express the elu­si­ve­ness of a moment, using a sta­te-of-the-art tech­ni­que – divi­sio­nism (defi­ni­tion: pain­ting pat­ches of cle­an colors next to one ano­ther in such a way that from a distan­ce they would visu­al­ly over­lap, cre­ating com­ple­men­ta­ry colors). From that moment on, the way a pain­ting was pain­ted was more impor­tant than what it sho­wed. 

As chil­dren we were never afra­id of asking questions, expres­sing our opi­nions, and cle­ar­ly say­ing what we wan­ted. As chil­dren, we were free. Free from gene­ral­ly pre­va­iling conven­tions and Savo­ir Vivre. We never tho­ught abo­ut what was appro­pria­te and what was not. Our unli­mi­ted fre­edom for action allo­wed us to explo­re the world, to watch the reali­ty care­les­sly. We asked, touched, tried…

As we grew older, the world star­ted set­ting boun­da­ries. It star­ted to impo­se norms and forms of beha­viors that were obli­ga­to­ry in “nor­mal” and “adult” life. We did not splash in pud­dles any­mo­re, chec­king how deep the water was. We did not put our hands into the fire, chec­king if it was real­ly hot. The explo­rers within us star­ted to vanish. And as they went, they took all our ide­as, curio­si­ty, and innovation.

Most of us, adults, have alre­ady lost the abi­li­ty to think dif­fe­ren­tly. We know that fire burns, that pud­dles are not to be spla­shed into and that we have to act in a cer­ta­in way in cer­ta­in situ­ations. We, toge­ther with our sur­ro­un­dings, kept depri­ving our­se­lves of cre­ati­ve thin­king over the years. Only a few have main­ta­ined it. They still have this gift of per­ce­iving the world “dif­fe­ren­tly”. Dif­fe­ren­tly, but how?

Cre­ati­vi­ty is the abi­li­ty to think in oppo­si­tion to gene­ral­ly accep­ted rules. It means expres­sing views and tho­ughts that are not in line with the opi­nion of the majo­ri­ty. In order to cre­ate some­thing gre­at, you need to be coura­ge­ous, free your­self from the boun­da­ries of conven­tions, to think dif­fe­ren­tly, witho­ut obse­rving man­ma­de rules. Such a way of living expo­ses us to cri­ti­cism from people aro­und us, but it is the only way to cre­ate some­thing new. Only then can we be cre­ati­ve, only then can we call our­se­lves “cre­ators”.

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about me

About me
ola /olga/ wróbel

Ola (Olga) Wróbel – born in Poland, a Polish painter and designer. She has painted and drew since childhood. She graduated from the Academy of Arts. After graduation, she started working as a designer. For many years she worked at the French television station CANAL+, where after a few years she held the position of Artistic Director. She was responsible for the image, the graphic design and maintaining the consistency of the TV station’s identification in Poland. In-depth studies of the work of Etienne Robiale started fascinating her and guided her further career path. For over nine years, she co-directs her own graphic studio, SOJUZ. She is responsible for design and illustration. Experience in graphical design has left a mark on her current creativity and creations.

She currently lives and works in Warsaw. She creates her paintings in her small studio in Saska Kępa. In 2018, she returned to the profession of an artist. Her paintings can be found in many private collections in Poland and abroad.




The foundation of my work is always a real pose which I’m trying to simplify over the years, striving to show the pure form. I’m not interested in details, but in conventional form, shape and functionality. I try to destroy reality, to blur the details of the drawing to express my visual point of reference to the human body. This is a surreal approach, in which I strive for total simplification. The human body in my paintings becomes inhuman. In the paintings, you can see a familiar, intimate pose, movement or activity that “I record” with a blotch. I’m constantly modifying and simplifying my paintings, striving for maximum simplicity, expressed in the form of my own organic abstraction, where the human body will be a blotch without any outlined details. My forms should dazzle with their shape and color, and permeate one another.

My paintings contrast with the contemporary concept of the perfect body. By simplifying the form I unify the human body. Details and characteristics fade away. Bodies become similar. In my body shapes I omit the heads, hands and feet, genitals and I get the effect of oval, organic forms. I place each of my forms in the space of gray canvas, thus thriving to obtain the absolute minimum of the influence of the outside world. Against the raw background of gray canvases, my organic forms and their function in the world exude their strength.


Actual Exhinitions

individual exhibition – Żywiołaki ziemi / Earthlings
Galeria Stary Ratusz, Olsztyn

group exhibition – SALON DAP. Wystawa Sekcji Malarstwa 2023 / DAP Gallery. Painting Section Exhibition 2023
ZPAP, Gallery DAP, Warsaw


Exhibitions Finished

2022, MARCH
curator / organization / group exhibition – Rewizje / Revisions
Gallery Pod okiem, Warsaw

individual exhibition – Ciało. Forma /Body. Form/
ZPAP, Gallery Lufcik, Warsaw

2007, APRIL
group exhibition
Gallery Pod Dachem Nieba, Ciechocinek

2005 JUNE
individual exhibition
Gallery Dorożkarnia, Warsaw

2003, MAY
individual exhibition of the Artistic Studio Bigos
Culture Club Anin

individual exhibition of the Artistic Studio Bigos
GOKRiS, Wiązowna

group exhibition – graduate works EAS
Gallery E.A.S., Warsaw

individual exhibition, artistic installation Poczułam życie jednym dotknięciem, /I felt life with one touch
Gallery, Cracow

individual exhibition, artistic installation Poczułam życie jednym dotknięciem, /I felt life with one touch
Gallery E.A.S., Warsaw




ola (olga) wróbel
artist, painter and designer
+48 663 441 066

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