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  Wiktoria GUZELF



Wiktoria Guzelf

Wiktoria Guzelf

Black river

collage exclusively made from leather

90 x 90 cm

My friend's sofa

collage exclusively made from leather

90 x 90 cm


Born in Warsaw, Poland

Graduated Architecture studies at Warsaw Polytechnic School (1973-1980)

Swiss resident since 1983. Worked in different offices as architect (in canton of Jura, Berne end Neuchâtel)

Creation of leather collage/compositions since 2005.

Member of Visarte – the Swiss Professional Association of Artists since 2018.

Exhibitions in Switzerland, Italy and France (2006-2022)


Artist Statement


My creative art pieces are Collages exclusively created from leather. Incorporated in my work are the uses of spare pieces of leather from various tanneries but primarily I use second-hand clothes which I cut, renew and give them an artistic rebirth in a three-dimensional style. My creative process comes from a strong hold on the geometrical and multifaceted interactions which allow my artwork to reach real physical and emotional depth. The grains and thickness of the materials I choose, the play of colours creatively combine to obtain balance of perfect proportions which is an important role in my creative approach to my art.

The look and feel of leather fascinates puzzles, attracts and inspires me! It is my wish to convey my feelings and emotions about some subjects, provoke reflections, astonish or surprise, and interact with other artistic techniques. I often offer artistic compositions to be admired and interact with people’s feelings and emotions. The titles of my art allow the viewer to interpret my work while stimulating their imagination. My creative process: My first steps include freehand sketches, computer drawings and then manual integration with the leather. The art includes various leather compositions some are flat; some are ruffled, woven or sewn. It all comes together by arranging and attaching leather onto different mounting surfaces like EPS foam, cardboard, balsa, MDF sheets.

My inspiration comes from the following artists: Pierre Soulages, Piet Mondrian, Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Barnett Newman, Ellsworth Kelly.

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