An author, writer, essayist and art historian, Ewa Kuryluk was born in Cracow, Poland on May 5, 1946. Her father, Karol, born in 1910 in Zbaraz, Poland (now Ukraine), studied at the University of Lwów. His wife, Maria (née Miriam Kohany), born in Bielsko-Biala (Poland) in 1917, was a writer and translator. In circa 1944 the couple moved from Lwów to Lublin and later to Cracow and Warsaw. A son, Piotr, was born in 1950. Karol Kuryluk was the founder and editor-in-chief (1933–1939) of the magazine Sygnaly and served as minister of culture from 1956 to 1958. In 1959 he became ambassador to Austria, remaining in Vienna until 1964. He died in 1967. His widow died in 2001.