Sylwia Kowalczyk studied graphic design and photography at Krakow Academy of Fine Arts and the Edinburgh College of Art. Her work lookes at using optical illusions to create an ambiguity about what is real and what isn’t. Always using analogue trompes-l’oeils (ie. avoiding digital jiggery-pokery) to look at identity, fear, illusion and distortion.
Sylwia’s portraits were part of reGeneration2 that showcased the most promising 80 young photographers in the world (published as a book by Thames and Hudson and Aperture Foundation). Her latest series of paper collages won in PDN Photo Annual 2016 'Personal' category and in November 2017 photographs from this series will be part of Sylwia’s first solo show in the United States, in Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Sylwia lives and works in Edinburgh.