Dominika Zurawska, aka D.O.M., is an award winning international artist. Originally from Poland, she has made her home near Glasgow, in Scotland. As a child, she loved art. Dominika found immense pleasure in colours, patterns and making shapes - drawing anywhere she could including using her fingers to create patterns in the snow, the sand or even on misty windows. She followed her passions and studied fine art at The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, where she knew that her future was in painting. Prior to finishing at academy, Dom won her first prestigious award - Poznan Artist of the Year 2005. Dominika’s first exhibition was at The Green Goose Café, where she worked. The café allowed artists to stage exhibitions. Dominika sold all her work in one night, revealing to her that this dream had the potential to be a career. Moving to the UK in 2006, Dom put her dreams on hold for a few years but in 2014 the decision was made to pursue her lifelong aspirations and she became a full time artist.
D.O.M. is currently one of the best emerging female artists in the United Kingdom. Over the past five years, she has exhibited her work around the world, including Poland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, United States and Dubai. Dom’s art works have been sought worldwide by private collectors, and one of Dom’s paintings has joined Madonna’s private collection. Dominika says that “paintings should send out a clear message – stop and look at me! They should attract and seduce, and make us lose our sense of time, even for a short moment."
Her artwork is expressive, dynamic and unapologetically loud. Using bold strokes and her signature bright colours, Dominika mainly showcases empowered strong woman. Dominika says "To be one woman, you must be every woman. I try to capture women's complexity, power, passion and form. I express my thoughts and feelings in colour, working until the model's image takes centre place and expresses her verve and her victory”. Dom follows her natural instinct and intuition and backs them up with technique and raw talent transferring her thoughts and feelings onto the canvas using strong contrasting colours to show energy, emotion and exuberance.
- Poznan Artist of the Year 2005 (Poland) Awarded by Theatre Viva in Poznan
- Society of Women Artists – The Caron Keating Memorial Award (UK) 2015 Awarded by HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
- The Contemporary Master 1st and 2nd place (USA) Awarded by Artavita GallerY
- Special Recognition Award for Exceptional Contemporary Art, Awarded by L&S Gallery, San Francisco (USA) 2015
- InCube Award -Most Promising Art Business Award (UK) 2015
A major influence and inspiration to Dom was her Great Grandmother, Matrona Smirnow (1897–1967). Matorna was born in Russia to a wealthy aristocratic family. Owing to her families privileged lifestyle Martona and her sisters were all multi lingual, well-educated and attended university. This was an unusual and rare occurrence for women at that time. While visiting the travelling circus, Matrona met and fell in love with the circus owner and world champion strongman, Jan Lolo Goscinski. Prepared to leave her family for Jan Lolo, surprisingly Matrona and Jan’s marriage was blessed by her parents, who even supported them to purchase an upgraded circus. Sadly, they needed to flee Russia with the onset of The Russian Revolution in 1917, settling in Latin America, where they continued to perform as entertainers (Matrona as a snake charmer and Jan Lolo, the strong man). Following the tragic early death of her beloved in his
40’s and after WW2 Matrona settled in Jablonna, a village near Warsaw in Poland, where Jan Lolo was born. Matrona Goscinski lived a unbelievable life and her love, strength, courage and intelligence helped her and her family to thrive after the decimation of the Russian Revolution. Matrona left behind a wonderful legacy and is the ultimate icon to Dominika.
This gave Dom inspiration to follow your dreams – no matter how difficult, unconventional
or how many obstacle try to prevent you fulfilling your destiny.