Katarzyna Krzyżagórska Pisarek was born in Warsaw, Poland.
She holds several academic degrees. She was educated at the Sorbonne, Paris, and at the University of Warsaw. At the Sorbonne she was awarded a Master's degree in Art History (1984) and she then studied for a Doctorate in Art History at the University of Warsaw. Having submitted a dissertation on Rubens and Connoisseurship: On the problems of attribution and rediscovery in British and American collections (late 19th-20th century) (in English), she was awarded a Ph.D. in Art History (2009). She also completed a course on restoration of The Old Masters' paintings in Paris at the studio of Andre Mielniczek in Paris..
Dr. Pisarek has lived and worked as an art historian and an art expert in North Africa, Paris, Rome and Milan.Her particular areas of interest are Rubens, Rembrandt and Turner
Dr. Pisarek has 15 years experience in researching Old Masters paintings specifically in the area of attributions. She currently works in London as an independent scholar/art expert and researcher. Her research on Rubens' controversial painting, Samson and Delilah, in the National Gallery of London, and the activities of Ludwig Burchard, the prominent Rubens expert, was published in the Sunday Times, The Times, and other European and American broadsheets.
She is also an art critic for the Polish art magazine, Sztuka.pl in Cracow and Barok in Warsaw. She covers major art exhibitions and has over forty full-length articles published to date as well as two books