About Zuzanna Hope
Gallery curator & artist
Zuzanna Hope (née Olowska) was born in Gdansk, Poland, 1983, into an intensely artistic family. She studied art and interior design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland (2007 - 2011).
Zuzanna works mainly with traditional oil painting or drawing, but also photography and design, for clients and galleries in Portugal, Poland, Spain, Germany, England, United Arab Emirates and USA.
She worked as a mural painter, interior and graphic designer and an art consultant in Shoreditch, London (2012 - 2015) before establishing an alternative art gallery called Division Zero in Porto, where she exhibited her works and curated other artists (2016 - 2018).
Working alongside the Faculdade de Belas Artes at the University of Porto, Zuzanna hosted an art retreat based around her farm near Amarante, with a final exhibition at Lugar de Desenho, Fundação Júlio Resende, Porto (2018).
At 28th of May 2022, Zuzanna Hope open the MUSO Art Gallery in Amarante with focus on promoting an international artists, whose works cover a variety of mediums. Gallery also intends to create bridges between the different forms of arts: visual, poetry, music, among others.
As a curator of the MUSO Art Gallery in Amarante, Zuzanna Hope, with support from Amadeo de Sousa-Cardoso Museum in Amarante and Faculdade de Belas Artes at the University of Porto, crated an international art competition MUSE, Homage to poet Teixeira de Pascoaes. With a final exhibition at the Amadeo de Sousa- Cardoso Museum and an exhibition catalogue with poems of Teixeria de Pascoaes translated for the first time to English lenguage (2022).
Recent exhibitions include:
Solo exhibition at CCBombarda, Rua Miguel Bombarda for Inaugurações Simultâneas (April 2017)
Live painting performance at CCBombarda for Inaugurações Simultâneas (May 2017)
Group exhibition at Miguel Costa Cabral & Associados (May 2019)
Group exhibition at Casa da Granja Museum, Amarante (December 2022)
Zuzanna continues to host oil painting and drawing workshops at MUSO Art Gallery in Amarante and Plain-air in nature.
Zuzanna takes her inspiration from observing her surroundings, the simplicity of nature's rules, and humanity's place within them. She explores everything from brute realism, symbolism, through to memories from recurring dreams.
Love is an atavism, but I like to feel feral.
I take my inspiration from observing my surroundings and I make sure to surround myself with things which inspire me: the simplicity of nature's rules, and humanity's place within them. I’m exploring everything from brute realism, symbolism, through to memories from recurring dreams.