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E-mail: chris@esperoart.com

Hi! My name is Krzysztof Kowalski (you can call me Chris). I’m a self-taught watercolor artist and watercolor online teacher based in Poznan, Poland. My educational background is not connected with art. I graduated in Social Readaptation and Indonesian-Malaysian Philology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. My curious disposition makes me love to discover new things and when I came across watercolors, it was something that quickly became my great passion.

I have been painting and drawing since childhood. It was always my hobby which I did in my free time. Before I discovered watercolors in 2012, I had painted with oils, I drew with pastels (not much) and with graphite pencils (even less). I specialize in painting flowers in a realistic style. I am amazed by the diversity and richness of their shapes and colors, but I don’t shun other themes too. Nature is the main source of my inspiration.

I think that nowadays we surround ourselves with walls, we live in concrete cities forgetting about our connection with nature. Through my paintings I want others to spend a moment on contemplating the beauty of nature.

I love to share my experience with others, that’s why I’ve been doing this for many years in the online world. Eventually, I decided to be a full time artist in January 2019 when I launched my Online Watercolor School. I gathered all the information in one place and I try to help others to understand the medium.

I hope that my art will inspire you to reach for watercolors. It is said that watercolors is a very difficult medium, but I believe that one can learn everything step by step. You just have to try!

WHAT ESPEROART MEANS?

When I started painting with watercolors in 2012, someone asked me to upload a video on YouTube and show how I’m painting. At that time I didn’t have a YT channel and I had no idea how to record videos. First, I had to give a name to my channel. I knew that my real name was too difficult, so I had to come up with something else. I was learning Esperanto language then and one of my favorite words was “espero” which means “hope”. Because “espero” was taken, I just added “art” and thought it was nice. I translated this to myself as art that gives hope, art that brings light and color to our lives – hence esperoart. You can see my very first watercolor videos I have ever made here: CLICK.

MY APPROACH TO ART AND MY STYLE

My aim has never been to win any competitions and be the best in the world in painting. I honestly detest competitions of any kind. That’s why you can’t find me as a gold winner anywhere. Sometimes I submit my works to smaller competitions because I feel pressure. “He’s teaching watercolors but what are his achievements?” – people ask. I paint for pleasure, to make my and others’ lives beautiful, not to win anything or to prove anything. I like to spend time on a painting, without hurry, without pressure. I just like to enjoy the process and if someone likes my paintings that’s wonderful and that’s a bonus.

Painting is like meditation. It’s a slow process of putting one brush stroke after another, immersing yourself into the wonderful world of watercolor. I find it very relaxing when I slowly build my paintings with layers, working section by section and trying to find ways to depict my subject in a realistic style. Vibrant colors and transparent properties of watercolor paints allow me to capture the essence of my subjects in a unique way. Working with this medium is challenging, but also very exciting and rewarding.

I paint mostly in a realistic style, but I like to leave some room for my own interpretations. I like when a painting looks realistic, but you can recognize it’s a painting. Some of my paintings are considered by others as hyperrealistic, but I don’t think they are. Hyperrealism has never been my goal, although I love details.

Inspiration is everywhere. A small bird on a thorn twig, a ray of light illuminating the petals from the back, repeated patterns of batik fabrics or just a beautiful shape of a leaf with a dew drop that will fall off in a moment. Little bits of reality that we pass by indifferently can have great power – they remind us that we are just pollen in this universe. I’d like to stop for a moment, capture those bits and contemplate them for a little longer.

OTHER INTERESTS

I’ve always been interested in MANY things. I’m a very open-minded person who wants to cherish every second of this life. I think that some life experiences have made me try to do what I enjoy in life, and I spend little time on things that annoy me, disturb me, do not develop myself and are of little value in my opinion (like online hate, jealousy, rat race or gossips – yuk!). I am very curious! Curious of everything. Here are a few more things that I like apart from watercolor painting.

PIANO

I love playing the piano as much as I love painting. If I could, I would play the piano 24/7. In my tutorials you can hear a lot of piano music. These are not my own compositions YET, but I’m working on it.

SPD

Surface Pattern Design – I love it! I’m still learning how to do this properly (I’m taking a certificate course on graphic design), but this is something I’d like to master. I’m totally obsessed with repeating patterns and how we can use them on all sorts of everyday objects.

CROCHET

Yes! I do this. It’s wonderful and relaxing. I enjoy it very much. Doilies, blankets, tablecloths are my favorite. I love giving my works away and see smile on people’s faces.

LANGUAGES

I’m not a polyglot, but I really enjoy learning languages. I studied Indonesian and Malaysian at university, I’ve been learning English all the time, I’m trying to learn Italian, I used to learn Chinese, Esperanto, Latin and Greek. Polish is my native language.

MY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2021, September – My painting “Wayang Golek” won an Honorable Mention Award in “Patterns” Online Art Competition (CLICK)
  • 2021, June – finalist in The 2nd International Masters of Watercolour Youth Alliance contest and exhibition (CLICK).
  • 2020, July – I was interviewed by Clare McNamara for Jackson’s Art Blog (CLICK).
  • 2020, April – My painting “Dripping Fragrance” has been shortlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020 (CLICK).
  • 2019, July – Finalist in an Online Art Competition “Nature” organized by Art Room Gallery.
  • 2019, July – My painting “Let Me Brighten Your Day” won a Special Merit Award in “Primary Colors” Online Art Competition (CLICK).
  • 2019, July – My painting “The Breath of Spring” won an Honorable Mention Award in “Primary Colors” Online Art Competition (CLICK).
  • 2019, March – In the 29th issue of “Artysta i Sztuka” (Artist and Art) magazine an interview with me and an article about my art was published. My painting “Rhythm of Nature” is on the cover.
  • 2019, February – I became an associate member of International Watercolor Society (IWS).
  • 2019, January – I launched my Online Watercolor School.
  • 2018, September – I graduated in Indonesian-Malaysian Philology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (second Master’s Degree).
  • 2018, June – My painting “Spiky Beauty” won ‘Honorable Mention’ Award in Global Association of Watercolor Artists International Watercolor Online Contest.
  • 2017, May – I was interviewed by Charlie O’Shields for Doodlewash® (CLICK).
  • 2017, March – My painting “Rhythm of Nature” won Best in Show award in watercolor category in an online contest at DeviantArt.com.
  • 2016, December – I completed NHI101x: Drawing Nature, Science and Culture: Natural History Illustration 101 course offered by NewcastleX, an online learning initiative of The University of Newcastle, Australia through edX.
  • 2016, May – My botanical paintings referring to Maria Sibylla Merian’s artwork were exhibited during the Museums at Night 2016 in the Gdansk Library, an auxiliary scientific unit of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Gdańsk.
  • 2014, September – I graduated in Social Rehabilitation from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (first Master’s Degree).
  • 2013, August – I received a Certificate of Appreciation for an active presence, for the high level of knowledge in the subject of artistic painting, including active contribution to the development of watercolor painting from the administration of Tessart Forum, where I actively promoted watercolor painting.
  • 2012, June – I started painting with watercolors.
  • 1985, June – I was born in Kętrzyn, Poland.

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