© Rankin for Hunger Magazine, 2022


Iness Rychlik is a Polish-born artist, based in the UK. Despite her severe myopia, Iness has been dedicated to visual storytelling since her early teens.

Iness Rychlik is recognized for her dark surreal self-portraits; exploring themes of pain, solitude and vulnerability. Since she suffers from a chronic skin condition, Iness uses her own body as a canvas for artistic expression. She draws on her deeply personal experiences, often reflecting on growing up in a conservative and patriarchal society. The subtle elegance of Rychlik’s compositions contrasts with an underlying aura of brutality. Her conceptual photographs provoke the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it.

Featured by ‘The British Journal of Photography’, ‘Cultura Inquieta’, ‘Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’, ‘Hi-Fructose Magazine’, ‘L’Officiel Italia’, BBC Scotland.


2024 | ‘Hunting Stillness: The Essence Within’, Espaço Exibicionista – Lisbon, Portugal

2023 | ‘Serendipity’, Haven Gallery – Northport, USA

2023 | ‘UNDER-Expo’, Iham Gallery – Paris, France

2023 | Pussy Riot’s Feminist Art Exhibition, LUME Studios – New York, USA

2023 | ‘Mind the Gap: An Artistic Exploration of the Gender Gap Across Industries’ by SuperRare, Art Angels Gallery – Los Angeles, USA

2023 | ‘Send Nxxxs’, A joint exhibition with Tiffany Cole, Benjamin Eck Gallery – Munich, Germany

2022 | ‘The Unseen’ by Rankin Creative, Quantus Gallery – London, UK

2022 | ‘Scenes of Despair’, exhibited alongside Helmut Newton’s ‘Private Property’, FotoNostrum Gallery – Barcelona, Spain

2021 | ‘Intymność’, Festiwal Otwarte Mieszkania – Krakow, Poland (SOLO)

2021 | The British Journal of Photography, International Photography Award (Single Image Show), Seen Fifteen Gallery – London, UK

2020 | ‘What I’ve Seen So Far’, Dorothy Circus Gallery – London, UK & Rome, Italy

Exhibitions: Complete List →


2023 | Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, INPRNT Photography Award – Second Prize Winner

2023 | Pussy Riot’s Feminist Art Call – Finalist

2021 | Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, INPRNT Photography Award – Finalist

2020 | The British Journal of Photography, International Photography Award – Single Image Winner

2020 | 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Fine Art – Winner

2016 | Camerimage – The Golden Tadpole Nomination (‘The Dark Box’)

Awards & Nominations: Complete List →


2024 | THE OPÉRA Magazine Vol. XI – The Phoenix Issue

2023 | Beautiful Bizarre Magazine – ‘Iness Rychlik: An Exquisite Canvas Devoted to Visual Storytelling’

2022 | Hunger TV – ‘Meet the Unseen: The project re-platforming creators who have been censored on Instagram’

2021 | SuperRare – ‘A Female Focus Feature – The first of many’

2021 | K MAG – ‘Rozmawiamy z artystką Iness Rychlik. Szukam piękna we własnych lękach i słabościach (PL)

2021 | SuperRare – ‘Provoking the imagination through self-portraiture: An interview with Iness Rychlik’

2021 | Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Made In Bed Magazine – ‘Sophie Wratzfeld in Conversation with Photographer, Iness Rychlik’

2021 | Beautiful Bizarre Magazine – ‘Iness Rychlik: Secrets Told from a Lens’ (Print)

2020 | Fabrik Hero – ‘Dark Feminism’

2020 | Artysta i Sztuka – ‘Iness Rychlik: Intymne Granice Bólu’, Issue 32 (PL) (Print)

2020 | Cultura Inquieta – ‘Conceptuales y sugerentes, así son las maravillosas fotografías de Iness Rychlik’ (ES)

Press: Complete List →