Katarzyna Kołtan was born in Koszalin, graduated from the School of Fine Arts (Koszalin), studied in the Poznan School of Applied Arts. Engaged in portrait photography and street photo as well as painting. The choice of egg tempera technique is coscious formal procedure, according to the artist it is a laborious and painstaking image building with thousands of tiny brush strokes of a millimeter in diameter forcing us to humility and giving time for inner reflection. Winner of the Golden Shell (Złota Muszla) photographic competition, now focused exclusively on painting – her works are in numerous private collections in Poland and in Europe (Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom). Her painting of a recognizable style, is a modern combination of Renaissance painting techniques with contemporary symbolism and language of expression.
She is interested only in female portrait. Women she represents generally at a crucial time for them to change, when made a choice or the change is about to happen. It is a magical moment, a moment when changing paradigm, when the past does not matter any longer.
Painting with egg yolk goes all the way back to ancient Greece. The Egyptians and Romans were familiar with the technique as well. They would start with color, in the form of powdered pigments – ochers and umbers ground from the earth; celestial lapis lazuli blues made from pulverized stone; rich and smoky blacks of burnt bones and sticks. The powdered pigments were combined with water, and then tempered with a „binder”, something to make it all hold together and stick. When the binder used was egg yolk, it was called an egg tempered paint, or egg tempera for short.