Life Inspires Us Foundation partners with Young Art Compass

On 25 November 2015 in PKOL Gallery (-1) in Warsaw results were announced of Young Art Compass ranking list and an exhibition was opened of the winners. A day later on 26 November the Rzeczpospolita daily published the full list with additional comments and information in the Moje Pieniądze (My Money) addition.

Bank Millennium’s Life Inspires Us Foundation is the partner of both events.

Young Art Compass is a ranking list of young contemporary artists (aged up to 35) practising various genres of plastic arts.

The list was prepared on the basis of recommendations from 77 representatives of leading Polish art galleries, both private as well as public, and is a unique compendium of knowledge about the art market, artists and gallery preferences.

It is especially valuable for people who follow the Polish art market, collectors, financial investors, however perhaps particularly for those who intend to embark upon an adventure with contemporary art. The educational value of this publication cannot be exaggerated.

This year’s edition, the fifth one already, has classified 211 artists. Their positioning on the list was determined by the scores they received from the gallery representatives – each of them could nominate five artists. Many of the artists have already seen first success on the Polish and international art markets, proof of which are their awards, scholarships granted by important art institutions or exhibitions in renowned galleries.

Many of them were among winners or reach high-ranking positions on this list in previous years: Rafał Bujnowski, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Agnieszka Polska, Radek Szlaga, Tomek Kowalski. We were also pleased to see the presence on previous ranking lists of Bank Millennium’s scholars – Łukasz Huculak and Iwona Cur – finalists of the Competition for Best Diploma of Art Universities, which is supported by the Bank.

The 2015 top 5 are the following:

  1. Ewa Juszkiewicz – 58 points
  2. Bartosz Kokosiński – 34 points
  3. Agnieszka Polska/Iza Tarasiewicz (ex aequo) – 33 points
  4. Norman Leto – 31 points
  5. Łukasz Stokłosa – 27 points


Ewa Juszkiewicz, No. 1 on the list, received a cash prize from Bank Millennium’s Life Inspires Us Foundation (PLN 10,000), which was presented at the vernissage by Mr Bogusław Kott, Chairman of the Bank’s Supervisory Board.

This is her second win – last year she shared the first place with Bartosz Kokosiński.

Ewa Juszkiewicz is an artist with a growing position on the market. She is inspired by old art, above all by Flemish painting; however her paintings are close to surrealism. She changes and transforms the originals of her characters, creating a completely new artistic world.

It is interesting and decorative painting; proof that she has developed her own language. Thanks to these advantages her works appeared in Kurt Beers’s 100 Painters of Tomorrow prestigious album.

The works of Young Art Compass 2015 winners can be seen in the Gallery (-1) in PKOL building in Warsaw until 14th December. The exhibition presents the work of more than ten young artists, including Ewa Juszkiewicz, Bartosz Kokosiński, Agnieszka Polska, Norman Leto, Łukasz Stokłosa, Basia Bańda and Mateusz Szczypiński. It is quite a representative set of trends among young artists as well as an interesting confrontation of styles of artistic thinking.


Business and art – both these worlds are driven by the talent and work of their creators. Also both require sound know-how and a guide who will allow them to move safely on the meandering market. The mission of Bank Millennium’s Life Inspires Us Foundation is to educate and act towards promoting culture and artists. Thus we were only too happy to become a sponsor of Young Art Compass – a unique publication, which allows people to better understand the market of Polish contemporary art.

Wojciech S. Kaczorowski

Chairman of the Management Board

Life Inspires Us Foundation