In spite of the great education, amazing talent and, as an effect, deserved career on international exhibitions of art around the globe, life of Boznanska seemed to be for herself a series of personal tragedies and loses. Most painful was surely lack of popularity and understanding for her art in Poland.
She was born in Cracow as a daughter of an engineer and a assimilated French teacher.
Her parents put a lot of pressure on the education of Olga and her sister Izabella, as far in subjects of their talents, as in the general directions. Thanks that Boznanska was speaking fluent in several foreign languages.
Because of her gender, Boznanska couldn't study on any of the contemporary academies of art in Europe, so her education in arts was limited to private lessons, firstly in Poland, in workshops of Kazimierz Pochwalski and Adrian Baraniecki and since 1896 in Munich, Germany, at Karol Krichendorf's and Wilhelm Durr's. In Munich Boznanska rented her first own workshop and received first orders for her paintings. The most artistically improving influence on her work was surely the possibility to study pictures by the best artists of her times presented on yearly art exhibitions in Munich. In 1898 she moved to Paris, where she stayed until the end of her days.