Asia Sztencel is a Brooklyn-based painter, and a first-generation Polish immigrant. Sztencel believes the role of the artist requires a respectful approach and sensitivity towards the community. Through conceptual practice and traditional craft, her work offers a personal exploration within the larger narrative of the immigration experience.
She often examines themes of exile, recall and longing. As an experienced artist-educator, she engages various communities, like Brooklyn, Queens, Los Angeles or Poland through her social practice art projects.
In 2019 Sztencel’s community art project Welcome to My Pico was supported by Polish Embassy in Los Angeles Patronage. In 2016 project You can’t carry your landscape with you was awarded by Grant Award for Artists, Polish Cultural Institute of NYC; Emigration Museum in Poland and Patronage of Consulate General of Poland, NYC. In 2015 she warded the grant from Culture Shock Foundation, Warsaw, Poland for a workshop
series in Greenpoint in collaboration with the Polish immigrant community, and in 2004 Young Artist’s Scholarship from the Mayor of Krakow Award, Krakow, Poland.
Artist residencies include: 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Wladyslaw Strzeminski’s Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Poland; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Burton Chace Park, Marina Del Rey, CA; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA; 2017 Artist-in-Residence, TheHollows, Brooklyn, NY; 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Kurier Plus, Polish Weekly Newspaper, Brooklyn, NY
Select Permanent Collections: Rosenthal Library, Queens, New York CUNY Queens College, Queens, New York Education: 2013 Master of Fine Arts, Social Practice, CUNY Queens College, NY 2003 Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking, Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland
Asia Sztencel’s residency is made possible through AAI’s ongoing partnership with Residency Unlimited.