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Maess Anand is a Polish artist based in Düsseldorf. After gradutating from Warsaw Elsner School of Music, she graduated with MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and was recipient of a scholarship at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Porto, Portugal. In 2012, Maess Anand was nominated to the Grand Prix at the FID Prize Paris, and in 2013 she was shortlisted to the Strabag International Art Award in Vienna, Austria. Amongst others, she exhibited at, Museo di Santa Cecilia in Rome (2010), CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2010), Program Gallery in Warsaw (2011), Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (2013), Galeria Miejska Arsenal in Poznan (2013), BWA Sokól in Nowy Sacz (2013), The Starak Family Foundation in Warsaw, The Drawing Center in New York (2014), Polish Institute in Budapest (2015), Kasia Michalski Gallery in Warsaw, (2015), Trestle Gallery in New York (2016), Warsaw Austrian Cultural Forum (2019), Equity Gallery in New York, IK Projects in Lima, Peru (2019) and at Biennale de la Biche on deserted island near Guadeloupe (2017).

Maess Anand was a recipient of numerous fellowships including: Leipzig International Art Programme in Leipzig (2014) Virginia Center for Creative Arts (2017), Residency Unlimited in New York (2018) and The Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs (2018). With Alex Urso, Maess Anand curated Biennale de La Biche; the smallest biennale in the world held on deserted island near Guadeloupe. The event has been reviewed by The Guardian, Hyperallergic, Artnet,  Art Review, Observer (2017). Her drawings were presented in Vice Magazine, FUKT Magazine for Contemporary Drawing and The Lancet Oncology. (in Polish)

Portrait of contemporary drawing artist Maess Anand in her studio, New York 2018, photo Brian Fee


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Born in 1982 in Warsaw, PL Lives and works in Düsseldorf


2007 MFA Design and Visual Communication at Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, PL
2005 Scholarship at ESAD, faculty of Graphic Design, Porto, PT
2006 BFA Design and Visual Communication at Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, PL
2002 Human Anatomy Class, Medical University of Warsaw, PL
2001 J.Elsner High School of Music, department of Music Theory, Warsaw, PL


2018 Yaddo Residency, Saratoga Springs, NY, US
2018 Residency Unlimited, New York, US
2018 Sugar Capital Hill Partners, studio grant, NY, US
2018 Adam Mickiewicz Institute,Warsaw, PL
2017 Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Virginia, US
2015 Artist in Residence, Osloprosjektrom, Oslo, NO
2014 Adam Mickiewicz Institute grant (for The Drawing Center exhibition in New York)
2014 Leipzig International Art Program, artist in residence, Leipzig, DE
2013 Strabag International Art Award, nominee, Vienna AT
2012 Foire Internationale du Dessin, Paris, FR (Grand prix nominee)
2008 Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Buenos Aires, AR
2005 Scholarship at ESAD, faculty of Graphic Design, Porto, PT

2019 Seeing sounds feeling freedom, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw
2019 Drawing as an organism, (with Tina Konec) KIBLA, Maribor, Slowenia
2015 Abnormal Results, Platan Gallery / Polish Culture Institute, Budapest HU
2015 Neoplastic Disease, Osloprosjektrom, Oslo NO
2014 Once upon a time, Starak Family Foundation, Warsaw PL
2014 Abnormal Results, LIA Spinnerei Leipzig, DE
2011 Excessive, Program Gallery, Warsaw PL
2009 Excessive esthetique de la rupture, Able Gallery, Berlin, D
2008 Inverted, Residencia Corazón, La Plata, Buenos Aires, AR
2006 Transit Zones,Waiting Areas, Plumba Contemporary Art, Porto, PT
2005 Maess, ESAD Matosinhos, Porto, PT
2005 Portografia, Poetria, Porto, PT


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  • 2020 Das Blatt, Düsseldorf. (online)
  • 2020 Spring Flash, Equity Gallery, New York
  • 2020, Hague (online)
  • 2020 Art Theorema, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso, Italy
  • 2019 Expositión en la maleta, IK projects, Lima, Peru
  • 2018 Nietota, BWA City Gallery of Bydgoszcz, PL
  • 2018 Nietota, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, PL
  • 2017 10 years of Residencia Corazon, La Plata, Buenos Aires, AR
  • 2017 Contexts Festival, Open Platform, Sokołowsko, PL
  • 2017 Biennale de la Biche, Guadeloupe, FR
  • 2016 “Small Works” curated by Heather Darcy Bhandari,Trestle Gallery, New York, US
  • 2016 “Lucid Dream” Galeria Biala, Lublin PL
  • 2015  The Drawers, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2014 “The Intuitionists” Drawing Center, New York, US
  • 2013 “The day is too short” BWA Kielce, Kielce, PL
  • 2013 “Asteroid” LIA Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE
  • 2013 “The day is too short” BWA Nowy Sącz, Nowy Sącz, PL
  • 2013 “The day is too short” Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, PL
  • 2013 “The day is too short”  BWA Jelenia Góra, Jelenia Góra, PL
  • 2013 Avaries, Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw, PL
  • 2012 FID Est Ouest, Twilightzone Gallery, Tournai, BE
  • 2012 Cało Palenia, Krasinski Art Space/Library ,Warsaw, PL
  • 2012 Recapitulation, Krasinski Art Space/Library ,Warsaw, PL
  • 2011 Zwykłe drobiazgi, Galeria Program, Warsaw, PL
  • 2010 Fukt in Warsaw, curated by M.Dobkowska Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL
  • 2010 The Mazurka: of Poland or of the world, organized by Frederic Chopin Museum, Parco della Musica, Rome, IT
  • 2010 Mazurka: of Poland or of the world, organized by Frederic Chopin Museum, The Sejm of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw, PL
  • 2001 Postworkshop exhibition, Synagogue in Toledo, ES
  • 2001 Final works exhibition, gallery 34 bis-Warsaw, PL
  • 1996 Postworkshop international painting exhibition, Vilnius, LT

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She’s done it! Warsaw gal becomes Poland’s first female visual artist to win coveted Yaddo Residency, The First News, Warsaw Poland, November 2018
World’s Smallest Biennale Drops Anchor on Caribbean Islet, Claire Voon, Hyperallergic, New York 2017
Welcome to the world’s smallest art fair  on a disappearing speck of sand, Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, London 2017
Tiny Island Plays Host to Biennale de La Biche, the World’s Smallest Biennial, Sarah Cascone, 2017
Biennale de la Biche, Intervista esclusiva, Marco Enrico Giacomelli, Artibune, Italy 2017
Abnormal Results, Bente Brattland, The Lancet Oncology, Volume 16, No. 15, p1459-1460, Elsevier, London, 11/ 2015
Maess, Beauty and Decay; Interview, Patrycja Rup, Contemporary, 2015
Beauty and Decay; Interview , Patrycja Rup,, 2015
Interview, Anna Nieszczerewicz,, 2015
How to draw a sound? Vice Poland, 2014
Maess’ travel sketchbook, Anna Zawadzka,, 2014
Interview, Karolina Felberg,, 2014
Interview, Małgorzata Rybarczyk, Why, 2014
There is no art without artists, Anna Stec,, 2013
Galleries’ participation in international art fairs promotes Polish artists on a global market, Kama Zboralska, 29.11.2012, Rzeczpospolita, nr 297/F, Warsaw
Compass of Young Polish Art (ranking) 20th position, Rzeczpospolita, 29.11.2012,
You can have it all in Basel , Art Regards, Heidi Kiener, 2012
Fascinating discoveries fuel VOLTA8 day one, Volta Show Press Release, Brian Fee, 2012
Maess United Networks, Fabio Sebastianelli, File Magazine,2012
Maess, Arte,Antropología Visual y Comisariado,Ana Palacio-Sanchez, 2011
Meestal zie ik het gewoon de tekeningen van Maess. Mister Motley, Marianne Plug: 2011
Inverted by Maess, Emilio Gomariz, Triangulation Blog, 2011
Rencontres asimetriques; Maess et Marie Anne Franqueville-Blog du Dessin, Serghei Lirvin Manoliu, 2010
Dessin:Maess: Alexandra De Lapierre, J’ai flâné pour vous, 2010
On Contemporary Drawing, Michał Fopp, Rzeczpospolita Online, 31.12.2010
Contemporary Drawings of Maess, Michał Fopp,  Foppreview, 2010


The Intuitionists Drawing Papers 116, The Drawing Center, New york 2014 ISBN 0780942324877, p.46 i 104, ed. Margaret Sundell
Volta8 Basel Catalogue,Hauser und Schwarz, 2012
Kuba Przybyłowski, Interiew with artist, Lampa i Iskra Boża, Poland, Lampa Magazine 05, 2011 p 73-73, ISSN 1732-4661
PREVIEW BERLIN 2011, (Published by Kristian Jarmuschek, Rüdiger Lange, Ralf Schmitt) Seltmann GmbH Druckereibetrieb, Lüdenscheid, 2011 ISBN: 978-3-942831-20-8
Björn Hegardt, Revolver Publishing ,Berlin, FUKT Magazine for Contemporary Drawing 8/9: 2010, ISBN-10: 3868950885

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2012 Volta Show, Basel, CH
2011 Berlin Preview Emerging Art Fair, Berlin, DE

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Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso Italy, Sugar Capital Hill and Partners, New York, Chopin Museum, Warsaw Poland