Before long, Zalipie became known throughout the region for the colorful paintings that were fanning out across its cottages’ façades. Word spread about one artist in particular, Felicja Curyłowa, who coated her entire homestead with elaborate tangles of bouquets and garlands, sometimes flanked by fawns and birds.
Curyłowa was born in 1904, and by the time she was 10 years old, she had already added her first painting to her family home. The ceiling fresco, crafted from lime and soot, marked the beginning of a series of compositions that festooned the walls, furniture, oven, and even plates. When she had filled the interior, she moved to the façade, adorning it with sprays of abundant roses and peonies, and then to the dog house, the chicken coop, and the well.