Marcelina Amelia is a UK based contemporary artist working with mixed media approaches to print, painting and drawing. She often draws inspirations from her Polish heritage, looking to religious iconography and folk tales, as well as childhood memories, the power of dreams, spirituality, sexuality, and the human condition. According to her Mum, Marcelina started drawing before she could properly speak. She has been featured in publications including Booooooom, Bomb, Art Maze, Create Magazine, Digital Arts, Vogue, Refinery29, The NY Times, Der Spiegel and Ballad Of Magazine and is also a founder of art-brand Mesh Studio. She exhibits work throughout the UK as well as internationally and was a featured artist at the 2017 edition of the London Illustration Fair and led The Big Draw sketch walk for Apple. In 2018 Marcelina was Saatchi Art’s featured ‘Artist in Spotlight’ at The Other Art Fair in Bristol and her artwork adorned thousands of tote bags promoting the fair. This year Marcelina was also a featured artist at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea’s Live Art event. Added to that her work was displayed at Boxpark Croydon, made an appearance at 2018 London Fashion Week and she has been invited to take part in the infamous ‘Art on a Postcard’ secret auction alongside some big names in the art world.
Rebecca Wilson, the chief curator at Saatchi Art, highlighted Marcelina as an artist to invest in at her talk at The Other Art Fair in London in 2018. In addition, Saatchi curator Monty Preston said she was “unquestionably an artist on the rise”
Marcelina says, ‘I like to play at the tense borders between lust and innocence; joy and sadness; fun and pain. My interest in juxtaposition comes from my origins and fascination with East European culture which was eloquently described by Grayson Perry as ‘nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairly-tale romanticism’. I tend to utilise nature as a metaphor for everyday feelings and headaches. My recent work also dwells into themes of self acceptance, body positivity, representations of the female sexuality, gender, migration, and society. Although some of the subjects I take on are often quite dark I like to think that there is some humour and light in my finished artwork.’