Grazyna Strykowska, a painter and a graphic artist from Poznan, a graduate (1978) of the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (now University of Arts). For several years she was an assistant in the studio of Norbert Skupniewicz, but the contract was terminated during the period of martial law in Poland. She works in figurative paintings, large and small format oil paintings, drawings, she designs and makes large stained glass windows. In November of 1981 she had her debut exhibition in Poznan's Artistic Exhibition Office (BWA). During martial law, sentenced to banishment, she showed her works at numerous exhibitions in Sweden (Marsvinsholm, Lanckrona, Lund and Malmö). She participated in art fair in Fulda, Braunschweig, Paris (the art of the young), and several times in Budapest. In the 1990s her works could be seen again at exhibitions in Poznan: in Nowy Theatre, Polony Gallery and Profil Gallery at Zamek Culture Centre. In 2000 in “Trwać poza Śmierć” ("Stay beyond Death"), a theatre play, the paintings of Grażyna Strykowska were accompanied by the poetry of Tadeusz Żukowski and music by Zbigniew Kozub, and choreography by Mirek Różalski. She exhibited her paintings in Tomasz Akusz Gallery in Masztalarska Street, in BWA "One", in Wroniecka Dag-Tak Gallery, in Profil and in Wenecja (Centrale Łódź Gallery). Other works include pietàs and dancers, oil paintings, very different formats – large and very small; ink drawings, mainly linear, and large pastel drawings, also mainly linear. She treats stained glass designs as separate images, performing a number of variations on a particular theme. Her work is characterized by continuity, despite the turn towards drawings, which can be seen in recent years. The content always oscillates around dance, expressing affirmation and the drama of life.