Joanna Woyda was born in 1981 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2005, she graduated with the Dean's distinction at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland and specialised in graphics. She was awarded a scholarship by the Polish Ministry of Culture and BPH bank.
Honours and awards include winning the Ewa Tomaszewska prize as well as a distinction in an art competition organised by the Franciszka Eibisch Foundation.
‘I have been painting the "Beach" cycle since 2008. It comprises more than 80 paintings. It is an attempt to capture a moment from a place special to me – a place which is calm and simultaneously dynamic, which allows each human to be with himself or herself and at the same time puts him or her in the crowd of other sunbathers. A place where I become an observer of human behaviour, habits, gestures, myself being one of the observed.’ - Joanna Woyda