This post from the series “Bolesławiec artistic community” was prepared within the framework of the project “Bolesławiec – 30 years of local government” carried out by the Museum of Ceramics and the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre – International Ceramics Centre.
Dominika Kustosz-Lee was born in Bolesławiec. It was here that she received her basic musical and artistic education. Already as a child, her fascination with Asia was awakened, which gradually matured and over time focused on art and languages. Both of these passions took her to South Korea, where she has lived since 2008.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Neophilology at the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She completed a five-year master’s degree in ethnolinguistics, where she studied Japanese, German and English, and a bachelor’s degree in Korean philology. She also studied for a year in the field of art education at the Academy of Fine Arts (now the University of Arts) in Poznań.
In 2010, she was competitively awarded – as one of two people in Poland – a 5-year scholarship from the government of the Republic of Korea, which allowed her to continue her language studies and the art studies she had begun at the Academy of Fine Arts. In Seoul, she graduated from the Faculty of Western Painting at Ewha Woman’s University (the largest women’s educational institution in the world). During her subsequent years of study, she also took classes in Eastern painting, which further enriched her workshop with new forms of expression, another language. She adapted ink to familiar subject matter, traditional eastern brushes that naturally teach a new line and a palette of traditional Korean colours.
Dominica Kustosz-Lee’s artistic explorations mainly revolve around the human body. It is anonymous, and when analysed, selected parts of it are an inspiration to discover its beauty, its lines – its folds and indentations, its ranges of shades and their reflections. The other focal point of her work is colour. She gives the body and space she occupies colours that symbolise herself and express her needs – warmth, joy, closeness, tenderness, passion and ardency.
2012 „She & She”, painting/drawing, M. Twerda Gallery, Secondary School, Bolesławiec
2013 „She & Her. On the Road”, painting/drawing, 55th Anniversary of GOKiS Gromadka, Hall of Mirrors, GOKiS, Gromadka
2015 Expert Class Exhibition “,C-Type print, Gyeomjae Jeongseon Art Museum, South Korea, Seoul
2015 Diploma, Painting/Photography, Faculty of Fine Arts, Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea, Seoul
2010 Five-year KGSP (Korean Government Scholarship Program) scholarship for a one-year intensive Korean language course and 4-year undergraduate studies at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul (with the right to choose the field of study), Faculty of Fine Arts, majoring in Western Painting
2015 Award from the National Institute of International Education, a branch of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea, for outstanding academic achievement