MARTA CZOK

British of Polish origins and based in Italy, Marta Czok was born in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1947. The following year, her family moved to London as political refugees. She lived there until 1974, completing her studies at St Martin’s School of Art and taking part for several years in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

In the past 40 years, her works have been shown in Europe and the US, also as part of the “Alitalia per l’Arte” project. In 2000 Alitalia commissioned a triptych by Czok, donated to Pope John Paul II for his 80th birthday. The same year, the French Embassy to the Holy See invited her to create a work on the theme of the Jubilee. In collaboration with Albemarle Gallery, London, the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd also commissioned a painting by Czok for their ship Navigator of the Seas. In 2008, the Polish National Television dedicated a documentary to Marta Czok. focusing on the relationship between her work and the Second World War.

Among her most recent exhibitions, several deserve a special mention, including her show Mother Rome at Museo Carlo Bilotti in Rome in 2016; the retrospective exhibition at Castello di Calatabiano, organised by Museo MACS di Catania; Icons&Idols, a multimedia show held in 2013 at Museo MACRO in Rome, born from a collaboration with Jacek Ludwig Scarso and Elastic Theatre from London; and her solo exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw, which was held in April and May of 2017.

Marta Czok has also worked on touring shows, including the one dedicated to Children of War and of the Holocaust at Palazzo Ferrajoli (Rome), Museo Civico di Albano and Palazzo Antico Ghetto (Padua) and About Us, an exhibition on the theme of humanity, at Palazzo dei Papi (Viterbo), Palazzo Zuckermann (Padua) and Palazzo Zenobio (Venice). In Poland, since 2020, the show To Nazywasz Sztuka? has toured first in Warsaw at the Museum of Caricature, and then in Lublin at the Centrum Spotkania Kultur, with future destinations to be announced.

Marta Czok lives and works in Castel Gandolfo (Rome), Italy.