Beata Drozd | ArtistThis creative expresses with paint, textiles and H.E.R. heart. —COURTNEY WILLIS
IMAGINE A 14-year-old girl living in 1980s Poland—a country disjointed by its icy relationship with Communism and the opposing political regime, Solidarity— and you’ll understand the magnetism between visual artist Beata Drozd and hip-hop. “I'm not 15 anymore,” begins Beata, now 40. “But when I look at the lyrics I can relate to the culture because I come from Poland. There was no respect for people, no food, no money. I can relate to the root of hip-hop.”
Beata left her volatile, post-war country at 16, then attended London’s Saint Martins School before graduating in 1996. She heated up over the next decade, exhibiting in London, DC and New York.
Today the formally trained painter is a Harlem resident, who hasn’t picked up a brush in seven years because she “got bored” with the DESIGNER medium. Instead, she's made splashes with her decadently textured collage portraits that explore luxury and pop culture. Assembling hand-torn pages of top glossies like Vogue and Rolling Stone, Beata rebuilds the faces of music, fashion, and art’s grandest: Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Jay Z; a couple even became collectors. Talk about picture-perfect endings.