Joanna Gniady is an illustrator based in Wroclaw, Poland. She works with a diverse range of international clients, creating illustrations for editorial, publishing, culture or advertising.
Having over ten years of experience, Jo has worked with Opéra National de Paris, The Guardian, Netflix, IKEA and Sephora, amongst many others.
She's a member of the Association of Graphic Designers (STGU) - an organization that brings together the best graphic designers in Poland. Her work has received a significant recognition from The AOI (shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards 2017) and 3x3 International Illustration Awards, Professional Show (Merit Winner 2015).
Jo has a thing about Italian sculptures, vintage kimonos, India ink and flamboyant moustaches. Fin de siècle imagery, silver shoes, stargazer lilies and polka dots. Museums, Fleurs du Mal, big dreams, small obsessions and, well, making lists.
Quand la presse s’illustre / group / Bibliothéque Oscar Niemeyer / Le Havre, France / 2023
Paolo Fresu – Around Tŭk / group / Anteo Palazzo del Cinema / Milano, Italy / 2020
La lotta è FICA / group / Via Indipendienza / Bologna, Italy / 2020
Label Magazine x Bauhaus / group / Łódź Design Festival; PURO Hotels in Poland; Gallery of the Polish Institute in Vienna / 2019
Lasso i tusz / solo / Galeria TDK / Tarnobrzeg, Poland / 2018
Elektryzujmy / solo / Galeria Zamostek / Opole, Poland / 2018
Wstawa Multimedialna STGU / group / Galeria "Na strychu" / Szczecin, Poland / 2018
Cross the b/order. Ilustracja bez granic / group / Gdynia Design Days / Gdynia, Poland / 2018
Noworoczne Postanowienia / group / BWA Dizajn / Wrocław, Poland / 2018
26. Wystawa Wrocławskiej Grafiki Użytkowej / group / Recepcja / Wrocław, Poland / 2018
Uwikłani w tekst. Ilustracja prasowa / group / Galeria Biała / Lublin, Poland / 2018
Oko Cyklonu / solo / Idea Place / Wrocław, Poland / 2017
Cross the b/order. Ilustracja bez granic / group / BWA Zielona Góra / Zielona Góra, Poland / 2017
Placki na papierze / group / Firlej / Wrocław, Poland / 2017
Across Europe with best fashion illustration / group / Złote Tarasy / Warsaw, Poland / 2017
25. Wystawa Wrocławskiej Grafiki Użytkowej / group / Wrocław, Poland / 2016
Wydział Kultury Urzędu Miasta we Wrocławiu
Instytut Kultury Miejskiej - Gdańsk
Place where I work, meet friends, sleep on the desk and work even more.
Everything starts on a blank sheet. Sketching helps me think and my hands like to get dirty. But the ideas I show my clients are usually advanced and colourful. I'm not a work-in-progress-type-of-person.
This park is located five minutes from my studio. And it's one of the most magical places in Wroclaw. This is where my merry inspiration goes around.
Like in every self-respecting studio, we have a pet. It's not a dog, it's not a seal. It's a panther. I'll tell you the secret. It creates 90% of my illustrations. But please, don't let the cat out of the bag.
Photos by Natalia & Ernest Dec / www.piqsell.pl