Tending the plants on the rooftop terrace garden of her studio in a former army housing block in central Warsaw, Anna Szprynger is taking a well-earned a break from her meticulous line drawings.
Despite critical acclaim, the artist made paltry sums for the first few years of her career, able to survive only thanks to money scraped together by her father.
“The trouble is after so many years of dictatorship that there is no tradition of an art market in Poland,” said the 30-year-old. “People respect you if you’re an artist, but they expect you to lead the existence of a starving pauper and they don’t tend to buy the art.”
But now international art critics are increasingly turning their attention to Poland, and talking about Warsaw as the new artistic hub of central Europe with the enthusiasm and