Greta Martyniuk is a Polish contemporary painter, whose works are characterised by their unsettling and surreal imagery, often depicting the dehumanising aspect of the recovery process and dealing with issues surrounding trauma.


Working in watercolour, ink and oils, Martynuik creates works which show figures in distressing situations, surrounded by strange settings to awaken the curiosity of the viewer. She creates the paintings as she goes, producing spontaneous compositions which explore the relationship between the medical, the body and the mind. Martyniuk’s recent works explore the effect of trauma on one’s mental and physical well-being. On one hand the artist has a deeply personal approach to the works she produces, on the other hand, she continues to distance herself from the narrative. Her works challenge the viewers perception of the recovery process and the world we live in.

The exhibited works are all part of her Trauma Series, where she continues to explore the effects of trauma. She places wounded and distressed figures in beautiful landscapes, often the compositions are set in Polish landscapes, to relate how much trauma the country and its people have been experienced over the years and to start a conversation about generational trauma.


Greta Martyniuk received a BA (Hons) degree in Painting and Printmaking from the Glasgow School of Art. More recently she also gained her Masters degree, continuing her education at GSA and holding an MLitt in Fine Art Practice.