Malgorzata Oakes has been working as visual artist and art educator since 2001 since receiving her MFA in 2001 from the Academy of Art & Design in Wrocław, Poland, where she is currently undergoing her PhD Scientific Research focusing on Non-toxic approaches in Printmaking (Studies on Individual Basis in English language). She resides in beautiful Hudson Valley New York, where she teaches at SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Orange. She offers her non-toxic workshops nationally in addition to international venues at the Academy of Art & Design, Wroclaw, Poland, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and Frans Masereel Centrum Kasterlee, Belgium.
Her latest body of work represents experimental approaches focusing on search for alternative processes and ability to find new ways of repurposing elements found in nature, treating them as fibers while creating handmade paper or a new matrix used in relief, Intaglio or silkscreen process while exploring and experimenting with found objects of daily living. She speaks about global concerns such as drastic changes of the global warming or slowly disappearing trees in local areas that she travels to or resides at. She alternates the use of paper in printmaking with other reused, repurposed materials.