I was born in London of refugee parents from Poland. When I was six years old my grandmother gave me a paintbrush and some oil paints and asked me to paint a picture and since then I have never stopped painting. In my Grammar school years a Mrs Hill our art teacher encouraged me to paint watercolor.
In Mexico in 1975 I studied under a Spanish- Mexican painter, Virgilio Ruiz Fernández, the techniques of the old masters using egg tempera. Also intermittently between 1975 and 1986, I studied drawing and oil painting techniques under maestro Juan Blanco Rodriguez (1922-1988) a Mexican painter from San Luis Potosi. Since coming to South Korea I have studied under Kang Chan Mo, a South Korean painter, the techniques of oriental natural color on Korean natural paper.
Painting runs in my family. My great aunt, Maria Koźniewska-Kalinowska (1875-1968) was a famous Polish painter, who studied in the studio of Joźefa Pankiewicza and her studies continued in Paris in the Academy of Wittii Colarossi (1903-19011). She was friends with Renoir, Degas and Olga Boznańska (1865-1940). My father was also a painter, Jerzy Józef Ostoja-Koźniewski (1926-2014), and he studied under Maria his aunt and was an influence on my perspective of seeing the world realistically in color.
Presently I am painting in acrylics and watercolor.
I consider myself a painter / traveler as I have done both a lot in the last half century. I always felt a need to paint as well as the enjoyment. Painting is a medium of my expression of love interacting with this world that we live in, a medium of not just painting but also spirituality and meditation. Some of my paintings are in private collections in Mexico, Europe, Africa and the USA.
By way of my website and Pinterest, I hope to share my past and present work with people around the world.
From 1993 to 2012 I traveled widely working for the United Nations in Peacekeeping Missions on the African continent, in Mozambique, Angola, Sierra Leone and Sudan. My painting continued though only one exhibition was held in this busy time.
Since my retirement I am living in South Korea and painting full-time.
1976 Galeria Chapultepec, Mexico D.F.
1984 Canning House, London (With my father)
1978 Confraternity of Polish Artists in GB, Posk Gallery, London
1979 Jose Marti Cultural Center, Mexico D.F. (February)
1979 Jose Marti Cultural Center, Mexico D.F. (August)
1979 Jose Marti Cultural Center, Mexico D.F. (Nov-Dec)
1981 Hospital General de Mexico D.F.
1982 Petroleos Mexicanos Gallery, Mexico D.F.
1982 Edificio del Aqua, Naucalpan Mexico
1983 Confraternity of Polish Artists in GB, Posk Gallery, London
2002 Vernissage of Sierra Leonean water color paintings, Freetown
2017 The Artbox Project Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, on video screen (June)
2018 The Artbox Project, New York, USA, Armory, on video screen (March)
2019 The Artbox Project, Zurich, Switzerland, Swiss Art Expo, on video screen (July)