Founders, Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski
Irmina Nazar and Artur Trawinski are the founders of the European ArtEast Foundation. Both Polish, they have supported arts for over a decade as collectors and philanthropists. They are members of the International Circle acquisition committee at Centre Pompidou. Irmina and Artur oversee all activities of the foundation. They live between Poland and France with their children.
Irmina is the Founder of the Fangor Foundation, an organisation she created to preserve the legacy of 20th century Polish artist Wojciech Fangor (1922 – 2015) through archiving, documentation and developing curatorial interest. Through her work with Wojciech Fangor, she was inspired to further research his contemporaries in Poland and Eastern Europe.
As a collector, Artur has supported both emerging and established artists. He has a particular interest in abstract expressionism from the 1960's and its correspondents in Poland. Artur is the Founder of global cosmetics and perfume company FM World, a leader in multi-level marketing. First established in Wrocław in 2004, the company quickly expanded globally and now operates across 93 countries. Today under Artur’s leadership, the company works with over a million international business partners.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, Maria Rus Bojan
Born in Romania and now based in Amsterdam, Maria is a curator and advisor. In 2017, she co-curated Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017) in Wroclaw. She was director of the Sindan Cultural Centre Cluj (1999 – 2003) and a curator at the Art Museum of Cluj (1994 – 1999). She has played a significant role in exhibiting Romanian artists globally, and co-curated Performing History, the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011). Working with German performance artist Ulay, she has curated and produced several exhibitions about his work and published Ulay’s first monograph Whispers: Ulay on Ulay, with Valiz Foundation Amsterdam. Currently, she runs MB Art Agency, a platform for curatorial and art advisory projects. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, a member of Tate’s Russia and Eastern Europe Acquisition Committee (REEAC) and a trustee of Beelden aan Zee Museum.
Executive director, Jonathan Tybel
Jonathan runs the Foundation’s programme alongside working on operations. Half-Polish, half-German, he grew up in Iceland and is now based between London and LA. He is the co-founder of production company Meyers Media Group and has worked extensively across film, broadcast and media. He graduated from the University of Arts London with studies at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication.
Director of Projects and Collection, Maria Pilecka
Maria executes the Foundation’s programme alongside managing the Founders' private art collection. Born in Wrocław, Poland, she has gained expertise in global contemporary art market over the course of last ten years whilst studying and working in London. Before joining the ArtEast team, Maria was a Director of Carl Kostyál Gallery in London and Stockholm and previously held positions at Lisson Gallery and Hauser & Wirth in London. She graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Cultural and Creative Industries.