* 5 January 1968 in Koszarin (Poland)
German paintress and graphic artist with polish-ukrainian origin
Zuzanna Skiba’s artistic work has its origin at the intersection of painting and cartography. In her paintings she expands the usual perspective of the landscape and in her series of works she combines different perspectives: from above, from the middle and from below. Her artworks can be seen as mental landscapes as well as magnetic fields or aerial images.
Zuzanna Skiba moves with her parents from Poland to West Germany in 1977 when she is nine years old. After several changes of location, the family settles in Bielefeld, where she trains to become a cartographer in the town hall from 1985 to 1988. During this training, she deals with aerial photo analysis and terrain shading (surface tinting that is used to illustrate height differences in cartography). The young woman develops an awareness of historical demarcation and is fascinated by the limitless bird's view. Because of her own family history, which is located in several countries, belonging and freedom remain important issues for her. In the map department of the Bielefeld city administration, Zuzanna Skiba meets the painter and cartographer Werner Drimecker, who becomes an important mentor for her on artistic as well as private issues. In 1991 Zuzanna Skiba studies free drawing and painting at the design college in Bielefeld. She continues her studies at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen (Netherlands) and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she graduates in 1995. The artist lives and works in Berlin. She is a member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund and the Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen. Since 1994 Zuzanna Skiba has been taking part in solo and group exhibitions annually in Germany and abroad. Her works are to be found in private and public collections.