Magdalena Cooney was born and raised in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) by professional artist parents. Her father was a well known theater set designer, puppet maker and children’s books illustrator, and her mom was a theater set painter and industrial design artist. Magdalena spent most of her childhood under communism where the lack of materialistic possessions she now believes fuelled her young mind’s imagination and made of her the artist she is today. Growing up among artist parents and their large group of creative and expressive actor, writer and painter friends, she felt constantly challenged and inspired by them. They were her first critics and never held anything back.
She has been living in the United States for the past 14 years and spends her days taking care of her two young children and during any free moment, painting and trying to establish her art career.