Having completed her M.A. in Graphic Design and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Warsaw, Joanna Ciechanowska travelled to London, but it was only a prelude to a migratory life. She lived in Iran, where her life was uprooted by the Islamic Revolution in 1978, then in Egypt and Africa, where her residence was a Zulu hut in Lesotho, and a long spell in Hong Kong. In between her travels, returning to London, she worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for IBM, London Transport Advertising and CBS Records, book publishers and press whilst establishing her parallel practice as a painter.
Joanna has been exhibited at the Royal Academy, Somerset House Gallery, Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, Summerhall Gallery in Edinburgh, Whitechapel Gallery - (exhibition curated by Nicholas Serota), Cooper Hewitt Museum in NY. She is Director of the POSK Gallery at Polish Social and Cultural Association in London, Hammersmith.She is a member of APA - The Association of Polish Artists in GB, FPS - and a regular contributor to Nowy Czas (nowyczas.co.uk), where her ‘Artful Faces’ digital portraits are published monthly and are on display in Ognisko Club, 55 Exhibition Rd, in the members bar. Her work is also in Robert Hiscox Collection and the Museum of Toruń.