Beata Drozd was born in Gdansk, Poland and grew up during revolutionary times--the collapse of the Soviet regime. She was able to go to London in 1990 and soon after that went on to study painting at St. Martins College of Art and Design and at Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris (1992-1998). She lives and works in New York.
Ms. Drozd began her artistic career painting portraits of many prominent New Yorkers and creating commissions for such establishments like The NY Friars Club or The Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. She concentrated on collage beginning in 2006. Since that time her materials have consisted solely of popular culture magazines (mainly Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair) physically torn down by the artist and glued onto the canvas or board. In each work, pages of advertisement are ripped into hundreds of varying pieces and reassembled into dynamic compositions that reflect the artist’s simultaneous commitments to representation and abstraction. The effect is an accomplished pastiche of the images vaguely recognized by the viewer, who has undoubtedly passed several of them while looking through the morning papers or walking down the streets of New York, without focusing on their cultural significance or aesthetic properties.
Drozd’s collages are often mistaken for paintings, but she does not use any paint, even in the most detailed parts of the picture. She organizes pieces of paper into collections of images, colors and forms and pastes them onto the canvas or board elaborately.