Hanna Barczyk

Born in southern Germany and having worked as an artist in New York and Toronto, Hanna Barczyk is an editorial illustrator and painter whose work explores the complex truths of the human experience. In both her editorial work and her painting, she holds up a mirror to the societies she finds herself in, creating work both intimate and yet political. Her work is concerned deeply by the conceptual idea of the feminine and all that this image embodies. She leads with questions, and after many sketches and drafts, arrives at an elusive answer—one that is visually compelling, emotionally complex, and elegantly rendered. Hanna has won significant awards for her craft and has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, and The Society of News Design among others. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal, and she also works with corporate clients such as Apple and Facebook. Her eye-bending images with their minimalist focus on lines are inspired by modernist painters such as Matisse and Picasso, and she draws heavily upon her German and Hungarian heritage, as well as the artistic disciplines of dance and music. Her painting has been displayed in galleries in Toronto, Amsterdam, NYC and Germany. When not sketching, Hanna likes to drink espresso, dance, ride her bike, or lose herself in a good book. She currently works out of her studio in Montréal.