Jolanta Soares

Jolanta Soares artistPolish-born Jolanta Soares graduated with B.S. degree in Computer Science and worked as Database Administrator for over 20 years. During that time, she attended numerous art classes and workshops and created paintings during her free time to balance a very stressful and demanding job.

Jolanta moved to the U.S more than 30 years ago and has since lived mostly in Chicago, IL. She works in a variety of media including oil and cold wax, encaustic, photography and ceramics. Today, Jolanta exhibits her work in Chicago and Midwest area galleries.

Jolanta states, "I believe that art is a very powerful therapy and has the gift of healing. I’m an intuitive painter, inspired by self-discovery, relationship with others, life stories, human emotions and experiences. I’m interested in capturing meaningful moments in time and representing them in abstract expressions, mark makings and color on canvas. I put down several layers of paint while experimenting with colors, textures, and markings while using different tools such as brooms, whisks, skewers, pencils etc. The process of adding and subtracting paint is an essential part of the process. By revealing older layers and building up new ones, different feelings and memories are awakened and they eventually lead to finished pieces that speak to me."


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abstract painting by Jolanta Soares

"Is That It?" - Oil & Cold Wax on Canvas, 36" x 48" by Jolanta Soares.



Solo Exhibition

Just Bee, ClaySpace Gallery, Lisle, IL, 2018

Two-Person & Group Exhibition

Equinox Exhibition, NYA Gallery, New York, 2019

Alliance of Fine Art “Best of the Best” Show, Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, 2019

ART DIARIES 2019, 4Art Space, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2019

Moments, 116 Gallery, St Charles, IL, 2019 - Two-Person exhibition, 2019

Homecoming! OPAL Artists in the House, Oak Park, IL, 2018

Redefining Tradition, Ice House Gallery, Evanston, IL, 2018

81st Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Polish Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2018

Woman Made Midwest Open - Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL 2018

If You Only Knew, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL, 2018

Light Space & Time, All Women Art Exhibition, 2018

Small works exhibition, The Access Room Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2017

SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition, Greenwood, IN, 2017

Fam's Annual Regional Juried Exhibition 14, Freeport, IL, 2017

Dangerous Lullabies III, Dole Mansion Crystal Lake, IL, 2017

Bi-Monthly Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Member Show, Elmhurst, IL


1st Place, 2018 - Elmhurst Art Guild, Members Show

1st Place, 2018 - All Women Art Exhibition - Light Space & Time, Juror: John R. Math

Merit Award, 2017 - SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition, Juror: John Berry


2018, Featured artist at VoyageChicago magazine


2018 , School of the Art Institute of Chicago (ACI) : Painting Certificate
2018, Screen Printing onto Encaustic, Jeffrey Hirst
2018, Powerful Design and Personal Color, Pamela Caughey
2018, Sumi-e Workshop: Tarashi Komi Technique, Shozo Sato

2018, Silkscreen and Encaustic Monotype: Discovery through Nature, Structure and Spontaneity, Jeff Hirst & Paula Roland
2018, Ox-Bow, Painting Turned on its Head, Paula Wilson
2018, Art2Life, Creative Visionary Program, Nicholas Wilton

2018, Photopolymer Plate Printmaking and Chine Colle, Jeffrey Hirst 2018, College of DuPage, Ceramics
2018, The Elusive Image, Photo + Encaustic, Sarah Rehmer
2017, 2018 ClaySpace, Ceramics

2017, Encaustic workshop, Jeffrey Hirst
2017, Oil and cold wax painting workshop - Master level, Pamela Caughey
2017, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, Rebecca Crowell
2017, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, Pamela Caughey
2017, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, James Edward Scherbarth
2017, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, Lisa Pressman
2017, Composition, Color & Light, Mary Bents Gilkerson

2016, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, Dianne Martia
2016, Abstract Painting: Order Within Chaos, Emmett Jones
2016, Oil and cold wax painting workshop, Mark Russell
2016 - Present, School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Studio Art and Design Certificate

1996, B.S., Information and Decision Science, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Associations:

Society For Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago

Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL

Woman Made Gallery

Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, Elmhurst, IL:

Naperville Art League

Studio 630

The Polish Arts Club of Chicago

Oil & Wax

Spudnik Press Cooperative

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