Monika Nowak was born at Clermont-Ferrand (in the center of France) from a family of Polish artists. She lives and works in Paris. Her mother, an actress in a theater group in Krakow, was the prime model for her gallery of female models, as well as female heroes from Hitchcock movies, rock music, fashion or science fiction literature. After graduating from the prestigious Universities of Beaux-Arts and the Ecole Supérieur des Arts et des Industries Graphiques (University of Graphic Arts) in Paris, she worked as a Creative Director for several global media groups.
Monika Nowak’s work explores her intuition: energetic, independent and proactive. Through her sexy-pop heroines, she expresses a certain vision of today’s woman, strong but fragile. During her artistic career she developed a vision of epic universes where the marvelous coexists with the barbarous, the poetic provokes the aesthetic, and the melancholic alternates with the euphoric. Her fragile heroines are paradoxical, contradictory, excessive, but also dreamy, soft, wild, poetic and provocative. Monika Nowak’s sexy-pop women are built upon an image of the Slavic spirit as described by the critic Dominique Fernandez : ‘A soul that allows light to pass, whether from Heaven or God, that is what one agrees ‘Slavic’ is’.