IWONA RUDNISKA (Ru-d-nee-s-ka) spent her first 19 years in Poland. Nonetheless, having lived in the United States for nearly 30 years she considers herself and her work exclusively American. Eclectic in her interests, Ms. Rudniska is fluent in six languages, was trained as a nurse, has co-produced and edited several documentaries and is considered one of the worlds leading authorities on the inventor and scientist, Nikola Tesla. Although her interest in painting dates back to childhood. Ms. Rudnicka will readily admit that she and her work are deeply indebted to the paintings of Jackson Pollack. It wasn't until she encountered the heavily painted highly colored gestural canvases of German artist Gerhard Richter that she was, literally, inspired to begin painting in the mid 1990s.
Like Richter Ms. Rudniska's work has no singular idea or aesthetic trajectory and, therefore, resists any strict classification. Instead, she simultaneously works in many styles. Thus, terms such as Abstract Expressionism, PostModern and Gestural Painting can be applied as easily as not when discussing the multiplicity of styles in which Rudniska paints. In some cases these techniques appear radically opposed to one another while others are evolutionary; one style being a direct outgrowth of the other. Nevertheless, it is exactly this lack of stylistic consistency that is the purist expression of Rudniska's eclectic visual temperament. For it is precisely her improvisatory approach to painting that defines her work with its intense dedication to embrace form and color as integral variations of one another.
Ms. Rudniska makes her home on a mountain in upstate New York where, when she isn't painting, she can be found at local antique sales or observing the white tailed deer and wild turkeys that are indigenous to that region of The North Eastern United States.