Born in Końskowola/Poland in 1992.
Barbara Gryka is a young artist from the Polish village of Końskowola. She studied at the Faculty of Media Art within the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw/Poland. In 2019, she graduated from the Studio of Spatial Activities of Mirosław Bałka. Her artistic practice is concerned with performative activities. She is interested in working with people, not necessarily those who deal with art, a skill taught to her by her mother Beata. A passionate talker, she also likes to observe other people, their behaviors, and lifestyles. In Architecture from the Inside, she visited her neighbors in the LSM district in Lublin/Poland. She knocked on their doors and asked for an interview. She plans to continue visiting modernist Polish housing estates. In The Motorcycle Dance, she led a group of eight men on motorcycles dancing the Lublin folk dance.
She has participated in the following competitions: DA! Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb/Croatia (Grand Prix); Hestia Artistic Journey, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (Grand Prix); Grey House Competition, Krakow/Poland (Grand Prix); How are things?, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin (Grand Prix); Theatrical anthology of new utopias, Theatre Zagłębia, Sosnowiec/Poland (Grand Prix). She has presented her works at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Meet Factory Prague/Czech Republic; Gallery Labirynt, Lublin; Arsenal Gallery Białystok/Poland; Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Petach Tikva Museum of Art/Israel and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre/Thailand. She has completed artistic residencies at Residency Unlimited, New York/USA, Museum of Contemporary Art MACBA, Barcelona/Spain, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz/Austria and Meet Factory, Prague.
Barbara works and lives in Lublin and Warsaw.