Stephen Najda

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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My art explores the human form in all its complexity from a multitude of perspectives; ranging from the classical nude to the tragedy of the human condition to abstraction of the mind, by using a juxtaposition of vivid color, delineating line, intriguing form, and fluid brush strokes to create a powerful narrative. Many of my paintings at first appear impenetrable, but the ambiguity is the essence of the work. Art is an adventure. I like to go into the unknown and paint what I don’t know. This is a voyage of discovery, an exploration of the primitive-self, exploring the boundary between imagination and subconscious dream, to produce an ‘abstraction of thought.’ I call this elemental art ‘quantism.’


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Najda will exhibit Ghosts in the Wall at Agora Gallery in December 2022. This painting was done in Poland as a homage to the artist’s Polish heritage and the innocent lives lost to the atrocities of brutal dictators. History is repeating itself today with the Russian invasion of Ukraine .

Najda was born in Glasgow, Scotland and currently spends his time between Poland and Scotland. Often described as Renaissance Man, Najda is a polymath knowledgeable about sciences, literature, and the arts. Najda’s exploration of creative development encompasses mediums that span from painting and drawing to photography, sculpture, and video.

*10% of the proceeds from the sales of this artwork will be donated to Save the Children, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children around the world. 


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The Silence Of Darkness, 2015

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Man With Dead Boy, 2016

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The Edge Of The Apocalypse, 2017

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The Fallen Angel, 2016

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Ghosts In The Wall, 2019

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The Blessed And The Innocent, 2018

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Silent Witness, 2015

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Death Of The Virgin Solider, 2019

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Death Of The Innocent, 2016

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