Krystyna Burczyk Paper Art

Krystyna Burczyk
(b. 1959)

Mathematician, teacher, artist

I graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 1983 in pure mathematics. I have has more than 20 years of experience as a math teacher. Started interest in origami in 1995.

My mathematical background pushed me towards geometric art. Mathematical structure of origami models and folding process as well as relation of origami to mathematics has been in the center of my interest from that time. I am also interested in educational applications of origami.

I am an author of six origami books and several booklets.

I was invited to participate in large international origami exhibition Masters of Origami exhibited in Salzburg 2005 and Hamburg 2007. I have also participated in the exhibition Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami which started in Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, USA in 2012 and later travelled until 2016 around various art galleries around USA. I had three exhibition in Hungary: Origami Geometry with Endre Somos in Pécs (2010), Poskładane myśli (Folded Thoughts) in the Polish Institute in Budapest (2015) and at the Symmetry Festival in Budapest (2009). In 2016 I participated in the exhibition Mujeres de Papel in Zaragoza, Spain.

My artworks were exhibited several times at the art exhibitions of Bridges, Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science – in Pecs, Hungary (2010), Coimbra, Portugal (2011), Enschede, The Netherlands (2013), Seul, Korea (2014), Jyväskylä, Finland (2016) and Stockholm, Sweden (2018). In 2018 my two artworks were presented in the nominee gallery.

My works were exhibited at numerous origami conventions over the world in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.

I gave lectures on theoretical and educational aspects of origami at Origami Science Math and Education conferences in Asilomar, USA (2001), Pasadena, USA (2006), Singapore (2010), Tokyo, Japan (2014) as well as Didaktik des Papierfaten conferences. In 2014 I participated in the international educational project Visual Math  and contributed a chapter to the book Visual Math, Adventures on Paper. Math Based Activities for Experience-Centered Education of Mathematics. The book was printed in English, Hungarian and Serbian

My artworks were placed at the covers of books and journals: Bridges Pécs Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture. Proceedings 2010; Bridges Pécs Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture. Exhibition 2010; Bridges Stockholm 2018 Mathematics, Art, Music,  Architecture, Culture. Proceedings; Origami 5: Fifth International Meeting of Origami Science, Mathematics, and Education; 5 OSME abstracts; Revista de Ciência Elementar vol 6-2 as well as published in Origami USA calendar.

Nick Robinson in The Encyclopedia of Origami (Running Press, 2004) and by Lynn Gamwell in Mathematics and Art: A Cultural History (Princeton University Press, 2015) covered my art.

I have started and run for ten years the working group Origami and Mathematics in the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Poland.