Martyna Czech received the main prize at the 42nd Bielska Jesień Painting Biennial while still a student at the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts. Drawing on the heritage of New Expressionism, harmonizing with the themes raised by the artist on canvas, she has developed a characteristic painting technique. Czech’s paintings become a space for working through the relationships between the artist and others. She is interested in intense feelings: love, hatred, revenge, humiliation, submission, resistance, and pain, as well as death. The characters she presents not take on ambiguous moral roles and attitudes, obfuscating the interpretation of the above categories and making ethical judgments. Although her paintings are dominated by the analysis of toxic interpersonal relationships, animals are also significant — as the companions of misery, witnesses of massacres, and harbingers of the apocalypse.